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.
- Also Known As:
- Terrace Bay Hotel Skeleton Coast Park
- NWR Terrace Bay Resort Namibia/Skeleton Coast Park