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“Safe and snug on the edge of the world”

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NWR Terrace Bay Resort
Reviewed 3 December 2012

This place defies categorization. One of my most thrilling experiences in Namibia was driving all day up the remote and desolate Skeleton Coast Highway from Swakopmund to Terrace Bay. My wife and I made this trip in late September, and spent one night at Terrace Bay. After hours of driving through beautiful but lonely terrain, it seemed a miracle that any lodging at all existed out here.

The reception staff seemed as happy to see us as we were to arrive. The camp was about one-quarter-full the night we stayed. Of the dozen or so other visitors, about half were random adventurers like us, and the other half were fishermen from Windhoek and South Africa. It was an interesting and eclectic experience!

The rooms are mainly or all duplex cabins, sprinkled in a semi-circle beneath a tiny hill that is crowned by the reception and dining area. The coast is about 200m from the hotel grounds, and you can hear the surf from your room. Our room was weathered and worn, but clean and comfortable. The bedroom and bathroom were both large. Lighting was dim, and the rooms were drafty, but we didn't mind; we were in a safe and snug place on the edge of the world.

We arrived with about an hour to wander the property before sunset, and walked to the pebbly beach at low tide. We didn't see any sandy areas, but there were plenty of tidal pools, and billions of interesting rocks sculpted by the surf.

There is only one restaurant, and we had dinner there: delicious fish and veggies. We were surprised the food was as good as it was, given the lack of competition at this remote place. The manager dropped by to make sure we were OK, and chat with us.

My favorite thing about the property was the graffiti lining the walls of the dining room. For years, visitors have been writing poems, stories, and drawing pictures. We had a great time reading these, at dinner and at breakfast.

We visited the petrol station on the way out the next morning, and were happy to leave with a full tank and lots of unique memories.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
6  Thank Matt K
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

Coming from England I had to keep reminding myself I was in Africa, chilly, a bit damp, untidy round the edges but ok, just like home. The rooms are a bit chilly but the blankets are nice and thick. The bathroom was huge and chilly but the water was hot and lots of it. The restaurant is odd with lots of graffiti on the walls, but the food was good and plentiful. Sat on the verandah and tried to soak up the weird atmosphere of this place with a beer.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Terrace bay is for 4 x 4 adventurers. It's the farthest place north you can reach in the skeleton coast park. It costs a bit too much for the accomodation, but the place, the landscape, the staff who works and iìlives there are worthwhile.
It's a former mine village, so there are some bungalows, basic and not too claen, but they are right on the beach looking west, to the sunset.
you can only have all inclusive service there, no campistes, no bed and breakfast, but bed dinner and breakfast.
The restaurant /bar is amazing, with all the walls filld with phrases, thoughts and greetings from other travellers.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank a c
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

If you want to come far north on the Skeleton Coast you don't have much of a choice - you go to Terrace Bay. So you will have to accept the way it is.
We arrived just after sunset, found old run-down rooms cold and not smelling that well, bathrooms with broken tiles, no sopa or shampoo etc. Not too nice.
We went to the restaurant and found something looking like a place where you have a scout camp. So we ordered food with low expectations but it was better than it looked. The staff was nice and professional, the food surprisingly good and tasty. And the atmosphere in that simple room was warm and nice, while cold wind was blowing outside.
We spent the night in not very comfortable beds, cold and when I woke up to get my warm shower there was no hot water. I found out later that the geyser was turned off...
Breakfast was again quite nice and was really happy to be able to buy fuel for my car. So how do you sum it up?
You don't come here for the lodge - no way. But if you want to see this special place in the world you will have to come here and if you accept the downsides there is also a few upsides.
But I really hope NWR decides to invest some money here. This could be a fantastic place and the staff deserves better possibilities to make their guest happy.

Room Tip: We had two of the standard rooms just below the restaurant. View over the ocean.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Anders E
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

This place is eerie, moonscape like, mysterious, cold, windy and you come here to fish, drink, chat and take photographs. Great for an overnight stay. We really enjoyed our stay here but it may not be for everyone. The photos do not lie - it is what it is!!! It was a good break from the safari, plains, rocky and dusty road travel. We had a self-drive 4WD.

Accommodation - stayed in the double standard room, twin beds, one pillow, small narrow bathroom, coffee/tea facilities and fridge. No safe, heater, fan, additional blankets, TV. The rooms are basic, old, and do require some maintenance or updating but are clean, and are adequate considering where you are and the weather conditions endured. You park your vehicle outside cabin/room.

Activities available - fishing, fishing rod hire available, dune self-drive, walking along coast and around grounds.

Meals & timing - Breakfast from 6am, basic and standard fare, but good. Dinner was a set menu from 6.30pm (starter, main, dessert) with 3 options for main (lamb stew with rice, pasta or steak with chips & salad). Food quality was good, service was with a smile.

Beverages - long bar with bar stools inside restaurant, cold beer, wine and spirits. Friendly staff.

Facilities - Fridge inside main reception area selling water, beer, soft drinks etc. Other goods fresh bread, lollies, crisps, spirits, cigarettes, souvenirs (caps, t-shirts). Another shop (shed) is nearby but very limited in range (canned foods etc). We viewed a petrol pump but didn't see anyone using it or operating it.

Reservations - Book via Namibia Reservations, emailed request for room, dates etc, quick reply, sent bank transfer, received confirmation of payment and voucher arrived soon after. Really efficient and well organized.

Tip (visited early June) - windy!!!, cold, windy. Take a beanie and scarf, and rug up when going to restaurant. Check both gates exit and entry times (3pm close in time for Wasser Gate). Buy snack and alcohol provisions (if 4WD has fridge!). Arrive here by lunch and experience the changes in the weather through to sunset! The sound of the wind and ocean was amazing!

Travel - travelled from Khowarib, along C43 via Palmwag (1.40 hr, fuelled up) then to Bergsig (35mins), onto C39 to Springbok Wasser Gate (15mins for permits and payment), Bergsig to C34 junction (1.45mins) then 30mins to Terrace Bay. Speed about 85km on gravel/sandy roads, 4WD.

Onward Travel - drove to Swakopmund, along C34, 5/6hrs, stopping. Road ok in parts (grading in parts), salt road good. Henties Bay was quiet, sleepy coastal town. Detoured to Swakopmund main shops, most closed around 1.00pm (Sunday), so continued onto Walvis Bay (30mins).

Best - the restaurant and bar atmosphere, decent good food, chatting to the fisherman, the landscape and remoteness. And you can write on the wall of bar - leave your mark! The staff do the best job they can (and with a smile).

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DacPsaTravelers
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

cabins on the beach are simple and a bit cold. bathroom is simple as well. Everything looks a bit outdated. Location is very nice and isolated. staff is very friendly and helpful. nice place to stay and come to yourself.

As was written on a wall by a visitor there: waar lichaam en siel weer een wor (where your body and soul becomes one again).

Surroundings are spectacular and sometimes feels like your not on earth anymore (but on another planet / the moon).

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KvBerloo
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We booked three nights here to do a bit of fishing, which is one of the main attractions in this area.
Terrace Bay is not your usual hotel and is more like a restcamp. The buildings all look a bit old and could use some maintainance, but one must also not forget what harsh conditions these buildings have to stand up to.
The rooms are big, clean and functional. There are no luxuries, but there's everything you need.
The restaurant and bar is basic as well, but all is made up by the excellent food and the very friendly staff. It's unbelievable what they kitchen brings out everyday and one must not forget that the closest shop is 300km away. Just for that I have to take my hat off for them all. There's also a small shop with basic you might need or have forgotten.
If one reads through some of the reviews here, it shows that some people don't get the idea of this place. It's remote, dry and not a lot is going on here. BUT that's why it's called the Skeleton Coast! It's REMOTE and desolate.
If you want to visit the Skeleton Coast and you are not a fisherman, one night here will most probably be enough time to spend here. The best would be to plan this into a stop over either from Palmwag to Swakopmund or vice versa.
One must also not compare the prices to what you could have gotten in Europe. Everything has to be driven to Terrace Bay and the cost of tha alone must be quite a bit.

Room Tip: All rooms have sea view and are more or less 200m away from the reception, bar and restaurant. If y...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank NamXpert
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Address: Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Khomas Region > Skeleton Coast Park
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Skeleton Coast Park
Price Range: £10 - £12 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — NWR Terrace Bay Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Terrace Bay Hotel Skeleton Coast Park
NWR Terrace Bay Resort Namibia/Skeleton Coast Park

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