A Shining Light – Pel­i­can Point Lodge

Wak­ing up in the morn­ing to the sounds of seals, the call of sea birds and the soft hum of the an­tique light­house ro­tat­ing . . . Pel­i­can Point Lodge – lo­cated on a sand­bar off the coast of Walvis Bay – of­fers its guests a truly unique op­por­tu­nity to compl

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We ar­rived in Walvis Bay one cloudy Mon­day af­ter­noon, but the sky didn’t re­flect our mood – we were ex­cited to see what this once sleepy coastal town had to offer. After ar­rang­ing a pick-up with the lodge, we piled into the cars and headed off to­wards the salt pans. Hues of white and pink lit up our view as we pro­ceeded cau­tiously along the dirt roads. The flamin­gos be­came brighter and brighter as we ven­tured deeper into the semi-un­touched wilder­ness.

Once clear of the salt pans, the fun be­gan. With our 4X4 ex­pert at the wheel of our Toy­ota Prado, we had lit­tle fear that our trusty mud­slinger would get us stranded in the soft sand. After about 40 min­utes of ex­cit­ingly bumpy sand cruis­ing, a shape emerged from the mist.

An an­tique and well-worn light­house – it was built in 1932 – stood out against the eerie sea­side backdrop, with the stylish and mod­ern lodge in stark con­trast to it.

We were greeted by friendly porters who helped us trans­fer our heavy bags into the warm lodge. Once in­side and away from the wind, we were shown to our rooms. Our party oc­cu­pied two rooms, the Pel­i­can and the Light­house. Both rooms are fit­ted with lux­u­ri­ously comfy queen­sized beds, slid­ing glass doors onto the bal­cony which look out to­wards Walvis Bay, a spa­cious bath­room, warm blan­kets and comfy seats to sit on while tak­ing in the view. Each room fea­tures an EcoS­mart Fires – ethanol burn­ers built into con­crete ledges, with a very easy and safe light­ing process. Sit­ting in a com­fort­able bed, watch­ing the waves lap the shore, with a warm fire burn­ing in your pe­riph­eral vi­sion is per­haps the best way to spend a cloudy af­ter­noon at the coast.

Once you have had your fill of wave watch­ing, there is a wide ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties to choose from – from boat cruises to bike rides, and seal view­ing to jackal track­ing. We each mounted a “fat bike”, as they are af­fec­tion­ately known, and started the 18 km round trip to the end of the sand­bar. We passed three gi­ant colonies of sleep­ing seals, a flam­boy­ance of flamin­gos, three lonely jack­als, and even a pod of dol­phins a lit­tle off shore – talk about a coastal game ride!

Sun­set at Pel­i­can Point Lodge is best de­scribed as a feel­ing – con­tent­ment. Watch­ing the sun dis­ap­pear be­hind the hori­zon while throw­ing vivid colour across the sky would fill even the grump­i­est of trav­ellers with pure peace and sat­is­fac­tion. This is the kind of true re­lax­ation that fills ev­ery inch and stim­u­lates ev­ery nerve in your body. This is the feel­ing you get at Pel­i­can Point Lodge.

Upon de­par­ture, we were shep­herded to the fi­nal ex­pe­ri­ence of our stay – the dol­phin cruise. Whisked away on a trusty boat, our guide in­tro­duced us to a se­lec­tion of her ocean friends, namely Nel­son the Seag­ull, too many pel­i­cans to count and the hun­gry Ni­cholas, a Cape fur seal. Nel­son ac­com­pa­nied us through the cruise which took us to the very point of the sand­bar, the oys­ter farms, past seal colonies and fi­nally to the Walvis Bay water­front. Snacks were served and of course, oys­ters were on the menu. What a way to fin­ish off a stay at one of the most unique lodges in Namibia.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Pel­i­can Point Lodge, visit their web­site at www.pel­i­can­point­lodge.com.

Text: Char­lotte Rogers Images © Ryan Ab­bott

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