The Lagoon, Walvis Bay, Namibia



 The Raft, A Great Restaurant Swakopmund is not far away.

Restaurant Swakopmund close to here

Although this restaurant is not actually situated in Swakopmund itself, both, local Swakopmunders AND tourists staying in Swakopmund rate The Raft as their restaurant of choice on the coast and well worth the short drive south to escape the mist of Swakopmund.

Indeed, the drive itself is a very pleasant & enjoyable one.
For those who have arrived in Swakopmund from Windhoek, it is their first opportunity to witness 'the place where the desert meets the ocean'.
The road follows the coast with waves breaking on one side and dunes rising to the sky on the other.

Along the way there is also the guano platform with myriad birds going about their business and a backdrop of impressive oceangoing vessels including monster container ships and oil rigs calling into the port of Walvis Bay for maintenance and offloading of imported goods for the whole of Southern Africa.
Indeed- an oil rig close up is quite a spectacular thing if you've never seen one before!

If planned accordingly, guests en route for dinner, may experience on their journey, a full length feature show of the sun setting over the sea, arriving at their pre-booked window table in The Raft Restaurant for the final minutes of a flaming orange horizon and the sinking of a glowing red orb, proclaiming the end of another beautiful day on the West African coast.

Weatherwise, the difference in conditions between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund can be quite remarkable. On the whole, Walvis Bay experiences far more blue skies and less sea mist than Swakopmund. Plus, the South Westerly breeze brings respite on hot summer days and turns the lagoon into a watersports mecca for Kite surfers, windsurfers and general messing around on the water.

The compliments most often attributed/paid to The Raft are;
the uniqueness of the location, the overall atmosphere, friendly and professional waiters, jovial bar staff and of course wide variety of international high quality cuisine on offer, including; homemade pastas, eisbein, delicious curries and hotpots, fresh fish, home smoked delicacies, local salads, prime Namibian cuts of meat,

An ideal stopover for lunch if travelling south from Damaraland or north from Sossussvlei!!


 What they say about us;

If you are in Namibia you need to visit the Raft
I love the Raft,  I have been there about a dozen times over the last 2 years and always look forward to coming back.  Great staff, great manager and tonight I finally met the owner Sarah who is just lovely.   I love this place, if you are in Namibia then you need to come to the Raft, Its the best place to eat in town. I recommend it to everyone I know.  The food is excellent, the view is spectacular, its a great place to spend a night with your family or freinds.  I have been here about a dozen times over the past couple of years and always look forward to coming back.  If I had one complaint it would have to be - the Crocodile was off the menu... (sorry, but I do love the Bushmans Platter with the Crocodile)  Thank you to you all, I look forward coming back next week before returning to the UK.  David Carroll Director Purple Pear Creations Web Design Ltd UK  PS Get yourself a Facebook page so we can all like everything about the Raft... 

What a pleasure to find such a great place on our travels through Namibia.

We liked it so much we came back twice. -S. R. Australia

We are from California-USA, and your restaurant was a perfect end to our time in Namibia. -Joseph

Les Otaries ne font pas assez de spectacle.Superbe soirée, -Mera Switzerland

The best seafood I have ever eaten! -Natalia Czechoslovakia

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Lovely atmosphere, warm fire, friendly staff and divine food. Great to visit you in Walvis. Would love to come back one day. Thanks for excellent service. -C.W.G.

Sorry but we think you have to move your outstanding, extraordinary restaurant to another place- our home town in Austria for example. We will be back. Svelyn and Chuish

Ein lob an die gute kuche!! Wir waren sehr zufriendin G.Germany

Quality is when the client comes back not the product. We’ll come back. -M. P.

Have been coming here since 1 ½ years ago, when we moved to Walvis Bay Best in Southern Africa!  -Victor & Hanlé

Excellent Restaurant! The finest place we have eaten in Namibia!  A.P. UK

Congratulations to the chef! C. I. Belguim

We wish we lived nearer to you, so we could be regular customers. This was our first experience at your Restaurant and we will be back!  -Mike & Linda Liverpool