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NWR Terrace Bay Resort

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We drove the 200kms along the Skeleton Coast to get here, with nothing along the way except the seal colony and the Uchabmund gate. It's an amazing feeling to arrive, see the sign that says 'don't leave your car, there are lions about', drive up to a deserted restaurant, and then just when you're giving up hope, find a friendly smiling face in a separate building which was Reception. The chalets themselves are simple but comfortable, and it could have been a great stay. Unfortunately, we had virtually no water for our two night stay, just an occasional trickle. We were told repeatedly that it would be back on soon, and waited in vain for nothing at all. It would have been better if they'd supplied some bottled water (apparently this was available) and let us get on with our day. Finally, the food was first rate. I have nothing but admiration for the restaurant staff. There was a small choice, and the quality of the food was superb in the circumstances. How they can do this in such a remote place I really don't know. The walls of the restaurant are covered with written messages from previous visitors, and help reinforce the feeling that it's quite some achievement just to get there. If you enjoy being many miles from everything, bleak and beautiful scenery, and the opportunity to stop and reflect, this could be perfect for you.
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When we finally reached Terrace Bay Restcamp it was like arriving at another planet. Everything seemed abandoned. The main reception was closed and we couldn't find any people or staff. At least, there were signs of civilization. As we were driving around for a while in this dark and deserted lunar base, we saw light in the distance. We found a way to the light. It turned out to be the restaurant (basic cafeteria), where we were greeted by friendly staff. No one had missed us. We got our huge Beach Chatlet with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, large living room and kitchen. Completely surreal. Everything was simple but functional and clean. You sense it was originally built for the mine staff until the goverment took over in the 1970s We slept exceptionally well that night. The roaring sea and the wind did not keep us awake. This is a fantastic place because of the extraordinary location and the friedly staff, not the facilities.
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There is nothing at Terrace Bay but the sea, the chalets, a small shop and some houses, for the people who work there. The chalets are simple but very clean and suitable furnished. They all face the sea and have bathrooms with shower, a fridge and tea and coffee facilities. When we stayed there, there were no other "normal" tourists, only some fishermen. The restaurant was surprisingly good, better than in some of the expensive lodges, particularly considering, how isolated the place is. I can only recommend this as a change from the usual resorts, so much more quiet and a totally different experience from the mainstraim Namibian destinations. The accommodiation has to be prebooked.
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We enjoyed our drive up to Terrace Bay Lodge immensely. The very subtle but ever changing landscape from Swakopmund to Terrace Bay is beautiful. And the Lodge a very welcome end to a day's drive. It's this that makes this lodge great. If the same lodge was in Swakopmund I wouldn't stay there but its fitting in the position it is. Most other guest were from South-Africa, staying here for fishing. In the morning we spotted a black-backed jackal on the beach. Amazing to see a jackal in this setting, with a sandy beach an huge waves in the background. If we visit this part of Namibia again, I will definitely drive up to Terrace Bay Lodge and stay here again.
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I did not know there was still a place on this planet left alone, untouched, virgin, pristine, or even so restricted and inaccessible to most of us all - with much reason, due to its sensitive and fragile qualities - but so beautiful that I do struggle to find words to describe it. Only a few fishing amateurs have access to it to practice their angling techniques. For them though this place is paradise. Unlike them, I am simply someone who loves photography, who has been looking for a place to be away from everyone, from the world. A paradise away from this crazy, tough, careless world of ours to say the least. Namibian authorities jealously protect this special ecological area due to its unique type of ecosystem and mineral resources that can still be found scattered and seen laying over the surface of the sand. The lion of the desert as well as many other species acoustic or not thrive in such rough environment. Terrace Bay is yet one step closer to the real end of the civilized world. That point on the map is still even more restricted than this one, and its name is Mowe Bay, further north west along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, where no one will be allowed to go to unless a very difficult government permit is obtained prior to entering the Skeleton Coast National Park. This stunning area left me as speechless for its incredible beauty as it was surprisingly disconnected from everything on this planet. The small resort established by Namibia Wildlife Resorts is simple and functional and offers all one may need: Succulent breakfast and delicious dinner -essentially fresh fish caught in the ocean’s waters - prepared by a chef with most care and dedication. Every employee goes far beyond expectations in trying to welcome the few privileged visitors like me allowed to enter into this very restricted zone of Africa. I then found what I was looking for: Solitude, isolation, disconnection, and the most basic elements like the sound of the wind blowing, with which I had my best profound sleep those nights, the sea itself, the sand dunes taking over the gravel road that draw this amazing lunar landscape, the whales seen from far, the line of the coast going up north to Angola, the elusive majestic Oryx running free, the sun rising and the special light of the Namibian sunset along with the infinite vastness, as I have never seen before, of the most ancient desert on the planet: The Namib Desert. I needed nothing. I realized how wonderful life can be; I found myself again. Thanks to Terrace Bay, a million thanks to all who work there to keep this place as wild and perfect as it is.
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PRICE RANGE
$116 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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terrace bay hotel skeleton coast park
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NamibiaKhomas RegionSkeleton Coast National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about NWR Terrace Bay Resort
What are some of the property amenities at NWR Terrace Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at NWR Terrace Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at NWR Terrace Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does NWR Terrace Bay Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.