Cape Cross Travel Guide

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Cape Cross Things to Do

  • More Seals

    The reason to come to Cape Cross is to see the seals - they are amazing and you will get as many great photos as your memory card allows!The smell is vile - but the seals are fabulous.Look not only on the beach, but also in the sea and you are sure to see many of them swimming.

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  • Baby Seals

    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...

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  • A beach of seals

    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.

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  • Watch the Jackals

    Where there are baby seals, there will be also the jackals. Those small desert predators are very smart and will be waiting for their chances to snack a young seal.

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  • Watch the seagulls

    There were also some seagulls but not that much, just a few and they will just try to get the leftovers from the jackals

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  • Watch the seals

    There are many thousands seals in this colony and you do not need to look for them, they are just on the rock or on the sand by the beach.

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Cape Cross Nightlife

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    by Gili_S Written Dec 18, 2006

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    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 ;-)

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Cape Cross Off The Beaten Path

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    by Waxbag Written Jan 1, 2004

    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.

    Cape Cross Seal Colony
    Related to:
    • Photography
    • National/State Park
    • Desert

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Cape Cross Favorites

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    by Gili_S Written Dec 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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