Lagoon Lodge

Reviews of Lagoon Lodge

Excellent(91%) From 46 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 46 of our travellers who have visited Lagoon Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr K. from Egham
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Good
Location:
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Service:
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Average
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Ideal Walvis base

Lagoon Lodge is superbly located on the edge of the lagoon, with flamingos virtually in the garden.

Rooms were comfortable and well decorated. Parking was fairly easy although a bit of a vehicle shuffle was required on one of our evenings. Breakfast was decent, if not exciting - service was a bit offhand and we ended up missing out on the hot option on our first morning because we were forgotten about and then ran out of time. The host recommended a restaurant which was shut (odd advice).

We would probably stay there again if we revisit Walvis Bay, but might have a quick look around for other options first.

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Mrs B - family from UK
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average

Lagoon Lodge convenient base for kayaking

We chose to stay in Walvis Bay rather than Swakopmund because it was more convenient for kayaking with seals which 3 of us had pre-booked - they all thoroughly enjoyed this activity. I chose to stay on dry land and spent the morning exploring Walvis Bay. There was plenty of bird life (and dolpins) to observe by the lagoon. I felt very comfortable walking alone in this town and was not hassled at all (unlike in Swakopmund where we later stopped for lunch).,

The lodge itself was adequate for a one night stay - it was in need of refurbishment with very old fashioned bathrooms Although it is right on the lagoon there is a busy road between the lodge and the lagoon. In the evening we ate at the Raft Restaurant. This is at the end of a jetty on the lagoon, just a 10 to 15 minute walk (or a very short drive) from the lodge. We had an excellent meal there.

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Mr M. from Anchorage
Arrived on: 16-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Great location

great location, excellent service and near a birders paradise

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Mr W & Miss P from UK
Arrived on: 17-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
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Penthouse on the lagoon

Friendly owner/ manager who provided lots of information re restaurants and some trips running at this time of year. Whale watching not available as wrong time of year.

Room we had had been added to the top floor of the building and was very well equipped and fitted out to a very good spec. Large floor to ceiling windows opening onto the lagoon. Lovely breakfast in the shared reception area.

Wandering flamingos and seals visible from the property. Choice of restaurants within walking distance.

The only downside is the 2 days we were there Walvis Bay experienced biblical rain, the first real heavy rain for 7 years which lead to extensive flooding and us being advised not to use certain routes due to this. This is not something anyone can predict

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Mr J from Bedford
Arrived on: 5-May-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good
Facilities:
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Ideal bird watching at Lagoon Lodge

The current owner is retiring and so the lodge will be changing hands. The lodge is opposite the lagoon and it is just a stroll to the waterfront to watch the flamingos and other species of birds visiting the lagoon. The rooms are well equipped and spacious and no WIFI issues. The owner and staff were very welcoming and helpful and any advertised activities in the location can be booked directly through the owner although we opted to do our own sightseeing. Breakfast was excellent with good choice (including delicious pastries) and hot food also available. There is limited choice of restaurants for evening meals in Walvis Bay and not all are open 7 days a week. We did find a couple of restaurants within fairly close walking distance along the waterfront. Nearby Swakopmund is more geared up for tourism and has greater choice of restaurants and accommodation so would be a better option if stopping over to visit the area.

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Mr & Mrs S from Oxon
Arrived on: 18-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Excellent
Excellent
Food:
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Well located lodge

The lodge was ideally located for walks along the lagoon. The owner was very affable and helpful.

Our room was large and colourfully decorated. Breakfasts were very good.

It was great having an enclosed garden at the back of the lodge.

We recommend lunch or dinner at Anchor's - excellent fish.

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Mrs G from Northumberland
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Food:
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Lagoon Lodge three night stay

We loved the owner of this bright yellow lodge, he really cares that you have a good time.

The hotel was undergoing some building work and so there were builders, ladders and scaffolding about but a lovely bottle of complimentary champagne was delivered to us while we were resting by the pool so we were happy! The breakfasts were delicious and we got excellent advice about where to eat in the evening. Rooms are great fun and the children had a great big family room to suit three big children.

The standard of cleaning of the rooms was excellent too.

We had no problems connecting with the sand boarding company but you do need to drive to Swakopmund (about 25mins) to meet the bus to the dunes. We were collecting from the hotel for a wet but fun Kayaking trip with Naude from Pelican Point Kayaks.

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Mr M from London
Arrived on: 19-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Lagoon Lodge review

Lagoon Lodge very charming in its own way, but a huge culture shock after several days in the desert and at desert lodges -this is no reflection on the lodge but more the unexpected contrast in all ways with what had come before. There was a moment when the water was cut off (again no reflection on lodge itself and the friendly extremely French, welcome)

While at Lagoon Lodge these travellers took part in a Kayaking with seals excursion and this is their feedback:
Really loved the whole experience and ended up with seal pup on the kayak (see instagram hashtag sealonmykayak ! Francois excellent

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Mrs J from Exeter
Arrived on: 18-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
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Food:
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Birdwatchers' paradise at Lagoon Loge

Great terrace to watch flamingos pelicans seals dolphins and the sunset. Good place for a run along the front as well.

Unfortunately our guard was down (for a couple of minutes only) because it seemed so safe and our car was broken into. The owners were extremely helpful . It seems likely that we were being watched at checkout time and visitors need to be aware of this.

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Mrs S from Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Poor
Poor
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Good
Good
Food:
Good
Good

Shame about the road

We stayed here to see the birds as it was billed as being right on the edge of the lagoon - but we were very disappointed to find the main (VERY busy !) road was between the lodge & the lagoon. We saw more birds on the previous days trip from Swakop to Sandwich Harbour - so we wished we had not stayed here but had an extra day (or 2) in Swakop.

The rooms were perfectly nice & we sat in the garden (too cold to go in the pool) - after having asked if there were any beds to use they produced some old-fashioned canvas deck-chairs.
The lodge is run by a Frenchman, who is quite a character, and his wife.

We had a lunch-time drink at the Raft, just down the road - there were lots of sea-birds flying around - but we couldnt see them because the windows were too dirty. We also had dinner there - good fish.

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Expert Africa comments

Whilst we stand by our view that the birding opportunities in Walvis Bay are better than those in Swakopmund, we agree that we should have made the existence of the road more clear in our write-up, which we have now done.

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