Pelican Point Lodge: Our full report
Pelican Point Lodge stands near the end of a long, flat peninsula of sand (known as Pelican Point) which ...... stretches into the South Atlantic Ocean and protects the port of Walvis Bay. It's in an amazing location; see our satellite image. It's very exposed to the elements, but in a rich area for marine life and very close to a Cape fur seal colony.
The Lodge stands right next to the iconic Pelican Point Lighthouse: a 35-metre high black-and-white tower which is still working and used by local seafarers. This was built in 1932, and the adjacent harbour control building has been renovated and become Pelican Point Lodge.
The isolated setting, 32km from Walvis Bay, gives it a feeling of real seclusion. Pelican Point Lodge offers very comfortable accommodation amidst the beautiful scenery and prolific marine wildlife of the protected habitat of Walvis Bay, home to thousands of Cape fur seals.
As Pelican Point Lodge opened only recently, and whilst most of the Expert Africa team have been to Pelican Point to go kayaking from there, none of us have had the chance to visit the lodge yet. Here is the information about Pelican Point Lodge, written by the team behind it:
There are nine spacious suites, including the Captain’s Cove Suite, at Pelican Point Lodge. All of them come with a king-size bed, a sitting area, a hair dryer, gowns and slippers, a telephone, an iPhone charger, a clock and a private deck with blankets.
Each of the eight individually decorated suites has got two wash basins, bedside lamps, a dressing table, a safe and mostly two showers. From each private balcony, you can watch hundreds of seals and sometimes also dolphins, whales and mola-mola (ocean sunfish). These eight suites are warmly-lit and dominated by hues of brown and beige, which forms a nice contrast to the rough sea and windy beaches just outside the windows.
Located in the former harbour control tower, the Captain’s Cove Suite offers spectacular 360° views of Atlantic Ocean’s beaches on one side and the Lagoon of Walvis Bay on the other. Unlike the other suites at Pelican Point Lodge the Captain’s Cove Suite is fitted with a shower and a bath. You will find the king-size bed, armchairs, wash basins and bath all in one large room. You can enjoy lovely views of the windy sea and beaches beneath you, while staying in a cosy, very stylishly furnished room dominated by warm colours like red, brown and orange.
The common areas at Pelican Point Lodge include a lounge, a fireplace, a deck area and a secure, on-site car park.
Activities at Pelican Point Lodge naturally involve around marine wildlife and the coastal landscape. Kayaking with seals, dolphin cruises, watching Cape fur seals, jackals, dolphins, porpoise, sharks, whales and mola-mola can introduce you to marine wildlife here. Watch the seals’ colonies on a walk to the Peninsula Point or the old Jetty.
The area is also excellent for birdwatching. Great flocks of damara terns, cormorants, flamingos and pelicans can be seen nearby.
Please note that most of the activities offered by Pelican Point Lodge will be subject to an extra charge. (NB: It’s essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the ‘Health & Safety’ section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.)
Pelican Point Lodge is exceedingly isolated with panoramic views of ocean all around. So don’t even think about using this as a quick stop-over, or eating out in the evening; but do expect fog on some mornings, and sometimes a bracing breeze. Some will find this location exhilarating; others may find it intimidating – we love it, but are mindful that it won’t suit everyone.
- Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
- Pelican Point Lodge is located at the end of the peninsula that form the Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay is around 300km due west of Windhoek, as the crow flies.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Half Board
- Food quality
- Pelican Point Lodge itself describes its cuisine as ‘wholesome, unpretentious yet sophisticated, […]paired with excellent local and South African wines’.
A dinner of three nicely arranged courses is served daily, depending on the weather either in the dining room or on the deck. A light lunch is available on request.
- Pelican Point Lodge is a secluded base for part of a Namibia birdwatching holiday. Come for flocks of sea-birds, including damara terns, cormorants and pelicans – and nearby perhaps flamingos in the protected Walvis Bay Wetlands.
- See ideas for Birdwatching
- Attitude towards children
- Children of all ages are welcome. However, Pelican Point Lodge can only accommodate two children sharing at a time.
- Children aged four years or under stay for free; children’s rates apply to children aged four to 12.
- There is a wireless internet hotspot at Pelican Point Lodge. Each suite possesses a telephone and an (old-style) iPhone charger.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity in this area. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
- Dangerous animals
- Low Risk
- Fire safety
- Disabled access
- Laundry facilities
- A laundry service is available.
- Each of Pelican Point Lodge’s suites has got a safe.
- Accepted payment on location
- You can either pay by Visa card or cash with N$ at Pelican Point Lodge.
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