Reviews of Lagoon Lodge
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Lagoon Lodge review
This European standard BnB suffers from being on the wrong side of a heavily trafficked road from the actual lagoon.
The salt mine has drastically increased production south of town so that during daylight hours there is a steady stream of large lorries plying the road less then 40 meters from the front door of the rooms. The owners are lovely, friendly people and provide conscientious cleaning and breakfast service. The pool and garden, while small, are maintained to a a very high standard as are the rooms themselves.
Comfortable beds and well stocked toiletries are nice touches.
Whilst in Walvis Bay these travellers enjoyed a kayaking excursion to Pelican Point; here's what they said about it:
Interesting way to see the huge colony of seals. Started with an enjoyable drive with commentary by Jeanne Mientjes the tour leader.
The kayaking itself is not an adventure outing, very suitable for people with no experience in a kayak whatsoever. the attraction of course is to be so close as to be able to touch the frolicking young seals while observing the behavior of the adults on the beach. It was all worthwhile.
Jeanne provided suitable water protection gear with nice (but probably unnecessary!) snacks. Best of all she sent us all pictures she snapped of ourselves in the kayaks with the seals.
They also enjoyed a guided day trip to Sandwich Harbour; here's what they said about that:
Our tour was led by Bruno Nebar, the world famous wildlife biologist and rhino breeder. We were unaware of his fame until almost the end of the trip but by then we were not surprised given the knowledge he flooded us with over the course of the day.
Our trip was very fun, as it was a small group of just 6 of us, including two Expert Africa employees, and the whole group was pleasant and appreciative of the overall experience. From the morning drive to Sandwich Harbor racing against the tide to follow the beach we never had a dull moment. Bruno shared so much information about plants, history, wildlife, weather, local mining industry, that it took me 6 pages of notes at the end of the day just to capture the highlights.
We had some difficulties getting up the dunes, Bruno had to take several runs at the main exit route but between his attitude and everyone else on the trip we all ended up enjoying ourselves immensely. Bruno's demeanor actually helped keep me calm, despite my tendency to fear of heights and car sickness, and in hindsight it was probably a much scarier outing then I realized while participating in it.
Lagoon Lodge review
A true B & B. Fine position on sea front. Good breakfast.
Good recommendations for evening meals.
Best meal on trip at Anchorage (once found). Excellent sea food.
great location for walvis bay and kayak trip
check in opens at 14:00 (strictly enforced), spacious roomRead more about the whole trip
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.