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Cape Cross

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Address: 15 km north of Swakopmund | C34 Road, Namibia
10:00 - 17:00
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If I was really honest I would say that I didn't really enjoy my visit. The smell was really overpowering for me and I have seen lots of seals in my life so more seals was not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
James H
Noosa Heads
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Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I was really honest I would say that I didn't really enjoy my visit. The smell was really overpowering for me and I have seen lots of seals in my life so more seals was not such a big deal. But I have to say it's an amazing site. Thousands of seals, lots of whom had just given birth.... More 

Thank James H
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unbelievable how many seals live at Cape Cross. The colony is extremely large. Many people can't stand the smell, but I tried to ignore that and it worked. I was really impressed by all these animals.

Thank AvW12345
Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much you can do at the Skeleton Coast, maybe that's why this is supposed to be a place of interest. If you are interested in studying seals or taking hundreds of photos, this may be the case. Otherwise you take a short walk on the boardwalk and continue your travel after ten minutes. It has been written... More 

Thank ronald-wiesbaden
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Cape Cross one blustery winter morning and could hear the seals before we got out of the vehicle. Heard the crashing surf pounding on the rocks Watched the seals swimming and writhing on the rocks Felt the sharp wind belting around our bodies Felt the soft fur of the seals who didn't mind a gentle stroke Heard them... More 

Thank Mumocrok
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We swung by the seal colony on our way up Skeleton Coast, and it was well worth it. Thousands and thousands of seals, seabirds and the odd jackal looking for pups were fantastic to watch. It was great fun to watch the big males, the caring females and the small pups. Highly recommended

Thank swede1102
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

These crosses sit near the beach and the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The crosses commemorate German and other people's settlement in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We saw mostly females and pups.The seals are loud and smelly but great fun to watch. You can either stay on the path or stray a bit. Just stay safe and don't disturb them too much.

Thank Moraia T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Thousands of sea lions...laying, playing, sunning, swimming. Also look for the jackals that prey on young and eat the dead. Smelled bad...but maybe a 7 out of 10...not unbearable. And the noise...barking...thousands of sea lions barking. Worth a stop after seeing the Zeila wreck.

Thank PhotogTraveler
Blackburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Plenty of seals all along this coast but here you can get real close to take pictures. This is worth a visit but it dose smell a bit

Thank Ian C
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This is definitely worth a visit if you are travelling North from, say, Swakopmund. Entry is relatively cheap, and once parked, you walk to a boardwalk (probably about 100 meters or so long) which looks out onto the rocks which are literally covered with thousands of seals (you will hear them and definitely smell them before you get to the... More 

Thank LeeStJohn

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