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