Tourism in Walvis Bay, long an industrialised port town, is looking up. Harbourside developments, restaurants and excellent nature and water activities - not to mention world-class birding - make a stop here an interesting alternative to the more popular town of Swakopmund 40km to the north.
And with sophisticated guesthouses like Egumbo popping up, the accommodation options are also looking up. With just nine rooms, including a handy single for the business or solo traveller and a sumptuous honeymoon suite, the mood is one of understated sophistication.
Huge four-poster beds dominate the large rooms and the en suite bathrooms are enormous with double-size showers, slipper baths and twin vanities. The bedding and furniture is of a high quality, if a little on the dark side of austerity, and small touches like central heating - unheard of in these parts but definitely welcome - providing a sufficient level of comfort.
The living areas are just as elegant and demure with a view across the road of the Walvis Bay lagoon, invariably festooned with flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, a variety of waders and many other species that join forces to create one of the sub-continent’s most important wetland birding sites.
Another welcome touch is the heated pool behind the house sheltered from the south-wester that blows off the polar current. Breakfast is an impressive spread of cold, hot, savour and sweet options and dinners are available if you don’t feel up to sampling any of the town’s local restaurants.
9 en suite rooms: 1 single, 7 doubles and 1 suite; bathrooms have shower, bath and twin basins; quality bedding; central heating; espresso coffee station; wi-fi; TV; dining area; lounge; heated swimming pool; garden terrace overlooking Walvis Bay lagoon; wine cellar, whisky bar and snack platters on request
Walvis Bay lagoon is the focal point of your activities including birding and marine life boat cruises, guided kayak tours, birdwatching along the esplanade, sailing and kite surfing, quad biking and Sandwich Harbour excursions, golf, fishing and adventure sports
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