At the time of year we were here (late Nov early Dec), there were a lot of pups.Not all of them were a pretty sight either. As there are so many seals living on this beach, sometimes as our guide told us, the mother will forget who her pup is, not so many of them survive. So, do expect to see a lot of dead pups - which is a sad sight.Some of them...more
Visiting Cape Cross is a must visit in Namibia.When we visited I had never seen seals in the wild before and I was totally amazed and so excited!In fact, even now, living here in New Zealand where there are plenty of seals along the coast, I still have not seen this many all in one go.The smell, the noise, the sights - it's just incredible.more
I am not sure if this is the nightlife spot, it looks closed during the day, I wonder if it is open at night, I did not stay here to check it, so maybe next time ;-)
Even though the Skeleton Coast of Namibia brings to mind endless stretches of sand where nothing lives and death is the only certainty for grounded ships and their crew, its cold waters are bursting with marine life. The Artic Benguela Current is plankton rich attracting mackerel, anchovies, and pilchards which in turn bring cape fur seals, sharks, and a plethora of bird life as well.
Cape Cross is one of the largest and best know of the seal colonies. It contains thousands and thousands of seals that are practically on top of each other there is so many. Even in the water you can see them floating, frolicking, and fighting to use a poor onamonapea. The site is quite spectacular and so is the smell.
Apparently, there is real problem with the seals and their competition with the fishing industry. So not only is the brown hyena a danger to the seals but men culling the seal to maintain their population is a danger too.
Admission is $3 US or about $25 Rand per person and vehicle.
You may not cross the barrier that separates the seals from their visitors.
Stinky toilets are available that are just as bad as the seals themselves.
Snack bar with drinks and other munchies available.
Cape Cross is about 120 kms north of Swakopmund along the coast on C34.
Before entering the site there is a station where you pay the small fee as well as you can buy nice souvenirs. Toilet available as well in this spot.