Cape Cross

Cape Cross, Erongo Region: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Cape Cross Reviews: 4/5

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Louis Dumont
Switzerland549 contributions
Not worth stopping
Jun 2021
Very impressive colony of seals... I would however never go back there. First the smell of all these animals is horrific, we couldn't get ride of it for days. Then, we really didn't feel comfortable with all these agressive animals arround us, fighting with each other. The wooden pathway for toursits is in a terrible state, with wholes allowing seals to go on the narrow pathway where toruiste are. We could even see the bones of a dead seal, giving an idea of the time that passed since it died on the wood pathway... Really not worth stopping by.
Written August 8, 2021
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TIGGERALA
Alamosa, CO235 contributions
Thousands of Seals
Jun 2021
My husband and I traveled to the Skeleton Coast area and stayed several days. While there, we visited the Cape Cross site and the seal colony. As this was winter, the smell was not bad but I can see that during the summer, it might be an issue. There were thousands of seals, in the parking lot, on the walkways, near the monuments. We felt comfortable walking throughout this area as the seals generally "run" when you walk towards them. Just wait a bit, they will move. The walkways were slippery with muck and the dew. As a photographer, it was an interesting site to photograph. There could be a bit more upgrade on the walkways, some slats were broken which allowed the seals to enter the walkway. We are glad we visited having seen the seal colonies from several boat excursions we took. I would hesitate to bring small children to this area but again, not because we felt in danger, mostly because of the smell and the slippery walkway
Written July 28, 2021
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MarionHeinzB
Erongo Region, Namibia5 contributions
Horrible
May 2021
We did not feel safe to walk the wooden pathway. Some seals were sunbathing directly in the way as various wooden slats have been damaged and the seals have access to the walkway. Seals are aggressive when approached. No maintenance has been done by the Reserve Owners. Seal excrements are not being removed from the walking area. Seal hair are coating the area. Unless the Owners do some serious clean-up we would not recommend a visit.
Written June 2, 2021
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Andy M
Hamburg, Deutschland29 contributions
Cape Cross Seal Reserve
Apr 2021 • Couples
Beautiful experience to see one of the biggest seal reserves in Namibia (another one is West of Sossusvlei). Unfortunately, area meanwhile not maintained and run-down, especially the wood path thru the seals. This could be really renewed as soon as possible in order to keep this unique attraction.
Written May 13, 2021
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884Dima884
Krakow, Poland33 contributions
a lot of seal, but very dirty site
Apr 2021
Very dirty, the dead seal decaying on the main path many months, no one can remove it, shame! They do nothing, but take a lot of money: $150 per person and $50 for the car! The sign at the entrance would have changed.
Written April 20, 2021
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
A lot of seals
Dec 2019
Cape cross is located roughly 58 km from Hentiesbaai.
Cape Cross has both historic and biological significance and is a popular tourist attraction. The Portuguese navigator, Diego Cão, landed here in 1486 on his second expedition south of the equator and planted a stone cross to mark his journey. A replica is visible here today. Inclusive of a second replica, the area has been listed as a National Heritage Site. In the late 1800s, thousands of tons of guano (dried excrement of fish-eating birds used as fertiliser) were collected and exported to Europe. Cape fur seals were also harvested.

This reserve is a sanctuary for the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals, with up to 210.000 seals present during the breeding season in November and December.
There is a kind of walking bridge which can be used to walk in the near vicinity of the seals.
Quite smelly
Opening hours from 10h00—17h00
Entrance fee 80N$ / pax and 10N$ / car
Written November 10, 2020
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Gwhite0992
Montreal, Canada20 contributions
Turned off the motor and watch and listened to million seals
Aug 2020 • Solo
The number of seals are amazing. Very noisy with barking everywhere. My visit was end of May. No smell, alone with the seals. 2019. Bought ticket at the gate.
Written July 31, 2020
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stonellas
Wanaka, New Zealand802 contributions
Amazing experince to see so many seals - but it does smell !!!!
Feb 2020
We were driving to Swakopmund & as it was only was a short detour off our route and it is not often you get to see a seal colony of over 100.000 seals. we decided to visit it The seal colony is a sanctuary and there is an admission charge of Nab $80 per person and Nab$ 10 for the car - approx £9 or US$11 (for 2 people) - peanuts for what it is. Firstly as other reviewers have pointed out with 100,000 + seals it does smell and the smell does cling to your clothes & your person. In addition you may get to see dead seals (we only saw 1) but however upsetting that is, it is nature and that is what happens. At the end of the road by the colony there is a car park and a nearby raised walkway which runs for about 300 yards so you can look down over the seals. There are numerous notices telling you not to walk through the colony but it was quite depressing the number of people who ignored this when we were there. The colony is an amazing sight, it is very crowded and seals can get feisty and start fighting with each other, climb over each other and push other seals out of the way. The sea was full of seals bobbing around and it was fascinating to watch them taking it in turns to go into the sea for a swim and then try to get out of it again. We spent about an hour there but then the smell got to us. However we both believe it is still worth making the effort to see the colony despite the smell !!!!.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dahuvariable
Fribourg, Switzerland1,058 contributions
Impressive colony
Feb 2020
Yes it smells like 100'000 seals... But the place is amazing. We were there when young seals are born so a lot of jacals make a feast out of this source of proteins. It was really funny to observe how seals interact. A must see in the area.
Written February 11, 2020
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David Fleming
Darwin, Australia431 contributions
The number of seals was amazing
Feb 2020
I expected to sea a reasonable amount of seals - but I was truly awestruck at the number of seals that was making up this colony.
Although there is a fence here (not sure what purpose it has), which detracts from the 'nature' side of some photos - it is still completely amazing how many seals there are - and you can even walk amongst them.
Definitely worth taking the drive to see this seal colony.
Written February 6, 2020
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