Reviews of Lagoon Lodge
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Lagoon Lodge review
There are pros and cons staying at Lagoon Loge. It's a 20 minute walk to the nearest restaurant (The Raft) and the many salt lorries passing are noisy (although they didn't work on the weekend). An additional irritation was that the cleaners moved everything around each day and I was very concerned that I might leave something behind because it had been moved out of sight. This is offset by the wonderful view from the room of the pelicans and flamingos in the lagoon and the excellent breakfast (we recommend the pancakes).
If you want to canoe with the seals in the lagoon or go to Sandwich Harbour then it's much better to stay in Walvis Bay than Swakopmund.
Good location opposite the flamingos
We were glad to stay in Walvis Bay rather then Swakopmund. We found Walvis Bay a place where ordinary locals stayed rather then a tourist town and we liked that. The location couldn't have been better as it is right opposite the flamingos which is why we stayed there.
We ate at The Raft and had a lovely meal with views over the water and a good beer. Our sea kayaking trip was really good value and excellent. We paddled round the water playing with the young seals and our guide was great fun and very helpful.
We organised a Pelican Point Kayaking trip for these travellers whilst they were here, they commented:
A wonderful experience. I was a bit concerned that at 68 and with two hip replacements I might find this difficult but that just wasn't the case. The guides were very helpful and made sure I could get in and out of the canoe easily. The location is remote and mysterious and just being there was wonderful. Paddling round the young seals was really fun and they were as curious as we were. Definitely worth it.
Lots of flamingoes across from Lagoon Loge
The owners and staff were helpful, making dinner reservations for us, speaking with the tour operator to change our pickup time, and giving us an electrical adapter when we asked where we might purchase one.
Their breakfasts were good, and their location along the lagoon was excellent for bird watching and walks along the water.
Whilst in Walvis Bay these travellers took a day trip to Sandwich Harbour. Here's what they said about it:
Sean Braine, our guide, was a wealth of information while being very laid back, providing a relaxing enjoyable day. He spent the time to find different geckos, and bring to our attention many other little creatures, telling us much about the birds and plants we saw. It would have been nice to spend longer than one-hour at the harbour itself, but Sean was concerned about the tides despite other groups still being there (maybe because our vehicle was making a horrible chattering noise?), although we did spend plenty of time in the environment both to-and-from. All-in-all it was a pleasant and informative day, which I would recommend to anyone interested in this unique environment.
Lagoon Lodge review
We had 2 enjoyable nights here. We had a great view over the lagoon from the balcony and saw dolphins from there as soon as we arrived.
We thoroughly enjoyed the kayaking trip with Jeanne (and for me this was probably the highlight of the whole trip). We also had a great time on the catamaran trip the following day and saw seals, dolphins, flamingos, pelicans and a pygmy right whale. The team on the boat were very informative and the 'Namibian coffee', sparkling wine and snacks were an added bonus.
We also went on the Sandwich Harbour trip. We did enjoy this although in retrospect I might not have chosen to do it as we didn't actually get to Sandwich harbour. The driver said that you can only get there at low tide as you have to drive along the beach when the tide is out. So we had a hair-raising trip up and down the dunes instead. It was quite fun but not what I was expecting. Robin enjoyed it more than I did. I think that as the tide tables are published well in advance it shouldn't be advertised as a Sandwich harbour trip when there is no chance of getting there.
Lagoon Lodge review
Near-perfect location over-looking the lagoon at Walvis Bay. A little distance from the restaurants of the waterfront, but this wasn't too much of a problem having a hire car. There was also some noise from the road (having been completely removed from traffic for 9 days, this was probably us not being used to it!).
Helene and Wilfried were very welcoming and helpful (booking our table at the restaurant, ensuring our arrangements for our kayaking trip were all made), the breakfasts fantastic. We had dinner at the Lyon des Sables on one evening and, not only was the food excellent, the service and consideration we received was equally as good.
This was one of the few places we visited with wi-if which worked very efficiently.
We organised a trip for these travellers to go kayaking at Pelican Point. They commented:
We cannot thank Jeanne and Bernd enough for our three hour kayaking tour - it was brilliant. We were picked up at Lagoon Lodge, taken out to the point and then provided with layers of clothing, waterproofs, gloves, life jacket etc. We have previously only kayaked once before and the assurance that you do not need any experience really is genuine - the water is quite shallow and generally quite calm so we felt very safe.
The seals were all around and we got really good photos, Jeanne took videos and emailed these to us also. There were plenty of rolls provided for lunch with tea and coffee once we got back to shore before the drive back to Walvis Bay past the many flamingoes and other water birds.
Excellent B&B in a Great Location
Walvis Bay is much underrated and the Lagoon Lodge B&B has a fantastic location with a view over the lagoon where flamingos, pelicans and dolphins provide entertainment over the excellent breakfast.
The owners are very pleasant and helpful, and their son owns the outstanding Lyon des Sables restaurant which we highly recommend for dinner.
Lagoon Lodge review
Everything was perfection. Rooms were spotless and well-appointed with interesting individual decor (we were lucky in being allocated the Bird Room). Secure parking organised by the owner. The French owners spoke perfect English and could not have been more helpful. I will definitely bring my friends here. Walvis Bay has a lot to offer, be sure to stay at least 2 nights. Try the Sable D'Or for your evening meal overlooking the bay (run by the owners' son) or the rather noisy but fun Raft Restaurant at the end of the jetty.
Best breakfast ever...home-made yoghurt was delicious with the fresh fruit, even bacon & eggs for the hungry Brits! Of course the Coffee and croissants were there too.
Mine host will arrange a booking on a 8.30am Boat-trip for you (choose the stable catamarans). We saw Whales, Dolphins, rare sea-birds plus close encounters with the Seals and Pelicans as they jump on board to be fed. The Oysters and Wine were a nice finale too. The cost was about £35 per head, very good value 4 hour trip, cosy blankets & complimentary hot drinks provided on deck, loo and inside bar available!
For bird-watchers, Madame can put you in touch with Karel Naibab who runs 'Bird Paradise' an Oasis reserve in the sand-dunes, open 08.00-16.00hrs, take binoculars if you have them.
A colourful guesthouse
This is a colourful guesthouse - yellow and blue exterior. The French owners are equally colourful but also friendly and helpful. Even our bedroom was colourful - a strong pink. However, the location on the front of the lagoon is good, although we found it very noisy on Monday morning because of the lorry traffic at the busy intersection. We were therefore pleased that our stay was over a weekend but frankly we were surprised to have been booked into this guesthouse in the first place. There were only two restaurants in the vicinity - both a 25/30 minutes walk along the coast which was in some ways good, yet challenging on a dark and windy night.Read more about the whole trip
Room with a great lagoon view
Excellent accommodation in a room with a wonderful view over the lagoon and flamingos.
The owners were very welcoming and helpful. Good location with a short drive into the town centre and restaurants.
Whilst staying in Walvis Bay we organised a full day trip to Sandwich Harbour with Turnstone Tours. They commented:
Ernst made trip very informative & memorable.
This was exactly what we had hoped for - a combination of wildlife and dunes with informative commentary (and tasty lunch) from Ernst of Turnstone Tours. It was a very good day."
Lagoon Lodge review
We arrived while Wilfred and Helene were having lunch but they dropped everything to settle us in. We had stayed before.
The rooms are quirky but the whole lodge is full of character with good hosts and good breakfasts. Bit noisy with traffic during the day but we knew that was one of the downsides.