Skeleton Coast. One of the most untouched place in Africa.
Welcome to Torra Bay! Namibia’s little piece of hidden paradise in the eerie Skeleton Coast National Park! Here shipwrecks meet fishermen and sand dunes cover hidden gems! Sundowners are part of your daily routine and campsite fires keep you warm.
Mysterious. Shipwrecks. Scattered bones. Desert wildlife. Misty mornings. Windy evenings. Endless fishing.
That’s how we would describe the Skeleton Coast and that’s exactly why we love that place!
Your Camping Guide To Torra Bay:
01 | Know how to get there
Torra Bay is about 240km’s from Henties Bay (the closest town South). You can enter the Skeleton Coast National Park through the southern gate called ‘Ugabmund’ or through the ‘Springbokwasser’ eastern gate, which is roughly about 170km from Khorixas (the closest town east).
The coastal road from Henties Bay to Ugamund Gate is a good salt road allowing you to drive at a constant speed. Whereas the road heading inland to Khorixas is a gravel road in not a good condition. Make sure to have spare tires when traveling that road.
The roads in the Skeleton Coast Park are all gravel roads. Torra and Terrace Bay are only about 48km apart.
* No Motorcycles are allowed into the National Park!
** Ugamund Entry Gate closes at 15:00. Make sure to enter the park before that!
02 | Booking
Park fees and permits are compulsory and can be obtain at either entry gates.
Contact Namibia Wildlife Resorts
181 Gathemann Building, Independence Avenue
Private Bag 13196, Windhoek
+264 61 285 7200
READ MORE: Endless roads leading through the Namib Naukluft.
03 | Campsite Facilities
There are about 60 campsites at Torra Bay, each sited clearly marked off with white rocks. Everybody wants the camping spots facing the beach. So if you get one of those, consider yourself lucky!
Toilets and basins with fresh running water are shared with every 3-4 campsites. Clean and hot communal showers are next to the shop and entertainment area and are shared with the entire Torra Bay camp. Try to avoid standing in the queue by showering either before 18:00 or after 20:00.
Torra Bay has a little shop selling all the basics, but is quite pricey. Make sure to bring all your shopping needs from the closest town and only make use of the shop as an emergency.
They offer great entertainment and sometimes even live music at their restaurant and entertainment area.
They have a fueling station and your campsite garbage is collected every morning. Locals at the campsite offer to wash your clothes and clean dirty dishes. Remember to tip them accordingly.
Also, there is no electricity. So make sure to bring your own generator and source of power for your fridges and chargers.
* Try their take-away pancakes! They are delicious!
** Prepare for cold, misty and windy nights
04 | Skeleton Coast National Park
Welcome to the ‘Gates Of Hell’ – as 15th century Portuguese explorers would call it. ‘The Land God Made In Anger’ once known by the local Bushmen and ‘Skeleton Coast Park’ as we call it nowadays!
Take in the beauty of this coastal National Park and enjoy the mysterious feeling!
* Make sure your car has 4×4 if your are planning to drive along the beach
** Always carry spare tires while traveling the roads of the Park
05 | Shipwrecks
You will find shipwrecks all along the shoreline of the national park.
06 | Surfing + Sunbathing
There are waves every where along the Skeleton Coast Park. So make sure to bring your surf or body board along. Enjoy the sunshine, soak up some sun and dive into the fresh Atlantic ocean.
07 | Fishing
During December and January a small area of the Skeleton Coast Park, south and north of Torra Bay is open for fishing. The Skeleton Coast hosts a variety of salt water fishes including large Steenbras, Kabeljou and Galjoen. Expect a variety of shark species too.
Your best fishing spots around Torra Bay:
North of the campsite: Paaltjies 1 to Paaltjies 4, John’s Bay, Uniab Delta & Harolds Bay
South of the campsite: Witstrand, Koigab Mund and Black Rocks
* Torra Bay campers are NOT allowed to fish in the Terrace Bay area
** Terrace Bay is open for fishing all year long
READ MORE: Steenbras. Shore fishing in Namibia
08 | Scenery + Landscape
Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and scenery around Torra Bay. The unusual combination of sand dunes along the coast and endless sights of sand and desert.
09| Terrace Bay
Go on a day outing and check out the Terrace Bay Resort, which is roughly 48km from Torra Bay. The Resort offers simple and clean bungalows, which are all beachfront with a kiosk, restaurant and bar.
* Mark your adventure on the Terrace Bay restaurant wall
** Breakfast and dinner is included. Confirm your breakfast with the staff the night before
10 | Wildlife
Besides the usual jackals and sea gulls you can expect antelopes like Oryx, Springboks and sometimes even Giraffes along the coastal riverbed. We spotted a rare sight of a ‘Strandwolf’ (Brown Hyaena) close to the campsite and other campers spotted the desert lions in the Uniab river.
Unfortunately we have just missed them, but spotting the unusual inhabitant desert lions is on our bucket list. We really want to see a lion along the coast 🙂 Read more about the desert lions and their projects.
Feel like some luxury instead? Make sure to check out Wolwedans our favorite Eco-friendly lodge in Namibia.
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Have you ever been to the Skeleton Coast? What was your adventure like? We’d love to hear from you. Please comment below!
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