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NWR Terrace Bay Resort
Sydney, Australia
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86 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A little run down but, you are here to be on this "road less travelled"”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you want to get to the most northern part of the Skeleton Coast, you have to stay at the NWR resort at Terrace Bay. It is old and tired but not without its charm. Ignore the flaking paintwork on the outside (and inside) of your chalet and enjoy the glorious isolated beauty you can only find on this road less travelled. On the road north to Terrace Bay, you will pass a handful of water holes by the side of the sand road. Stop at each and take pause; listen and look for a while. You will be astonished at the variety of wild life that lives around these waterholes. We saw springbok, Oryx, flamingo, wildebeest, two varieties of heron and five different varieties of duck/goose. We also learned that there is a single male lion that inhabits the area but we were not fortunate enough to see him. It was unbelievable to find any life at all in such an inhospitable environment yet alone the variety we did see.

The Skeleton Coast has an unique haunting beauty I am finding difficult to describe. It is only by way of using a combination of our senses that you can indelibly capture this unique beauty in your memory banks. Visually the colours are subtle but as the sun moves, the colours change and as the wind blows, the sand textures change and the colours change again. The desert wind warms your skin and your heart then the colours and textures in the landscape become more friendly; but the cool breeze from the sea, chills the body, brings in the clouds, dims the sunlight and the colours and textures of the landscape start to threaten as the goose pimple rise on your skin: yet each subtle change creates its own inflexion of beauty. I had waited for years to get to the Skeleton Coast and, the my anticipation of unique splendour was at its height as I approached the brow of a hill from the east, knowing I was about to get my first glimpse of this personal holy grail. The actuality, opening up before me, immediately presented as beyond my expectations: but it was only when I got closer and the divisions between sky, sea and land became more distinct, it was clear that my first glimpse was being born out as gob-smackingly true! This is truly an unique part of our planet and I can only hope that I have scratched enough of its beauty onto this review to inspire others to see for themselves.
My Five Star rating is more for this part of the Skeleton Coast. NWR Terrace Bay scores 3.5

Room Tip: Don't worry about your room. Put on your walking boots and go outside to inhale true beauty!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kroonstad South Africa
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We spent 3 nights at this isolated spot on the Skeleton Coast. Located in an old diggers' village, the rooms are simple, clean and sea-facing. Breakfast and dinner are included and for such a remote spot, the food was excellent. Four course dinner with 4 choices for the mains. Staff friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The drive towards Terrace Bay feels like you are on the moon. It is a very unusual landscape with it's particular charms. Staff was friendly and the rooms have a lovely view of the ocean. Dinner was good although it was uncomfortable to have smokers in the same room.

Unfortunately, when we walked into the bathroom we noticed that the outside of the toilet was stained with stool. It was extremely unpleasant and disgusting! We informed the staff and they handled the matter efficiently switching to another room. They were very apologetic and seemed to have call many staff members who came to inspect the room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Redmond, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 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, traveled as a couple
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Morpeth, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 26, 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, traveled with friends
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Bologna, Italy
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17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 28, 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, traveled as a couple
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Angelholm, Sweden
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118 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 20, 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, traveled with family
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Property: NWR Terrace Bay Resort
Address: Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Skeleton Coast Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Skeleton Coast Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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