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Cape Cross Lodge
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

What a fabulous place to stay. It was clean and beautiful. We had a wonderful room where even with the multiple glazing, one could hear the pounding of the surf. Sitting on the balcony, watching the setting sun was amazing. The meal in the evening was delicious as was breakfast. It was all made even better by the visit of 3, black backed jackals that came in the morning to drink water and to frolic on the sand.
This was heaven at the back of beyond and I'd love to go again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

What a special spot! Very comfortable, great service. Rooms are regular but once we looked out on the ocean waves and heard the pounding surf, we were so pleased. Then we spent the afternoon with the seals! Amazing! Mesmerizing. Fantastically isolated!

Room Tip: Be sure you have a room on the ocean!!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed here for one night on the way to Swako. It was a last minute decision as one member or our group wasn't feeling well, so we decided not to camp as had been planned. The hotel was quite lovely and the rooms were very nice. We had a balcony overlooking the sea. Service was friendly and the food was fine. There is a fixed menu for dinner with only two options for the main course, but it worked for us.

The hotel is a bit isolated -- which can be either good or bad, depending on what you want.

This place has all of the makings of an excellent rating -- except that we experienced water problems when we were there. It wasn't a question of getting hot water -- it was getting any water. You could start a shower and get lathered up -- and then the water would just stop. The staff was helpful in getting things going again, but how annoying to have to get out of the shower and wait for help. We had three rooms, and we all had the same problems, so it must have been system wide. We were given no explanation.

So, before you go, especially if you are going to be there for more than one night, I would strongly urge you to check out whether the water situation has been fixed.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We were expecting it to be cool on this coast but travelling from the heat of Damaraland it still came as a shock. You'll need sweaters and waterproofs against the sea mist. And to be fair we never quite warmed up.

The accommodation was comfortable if a little cool and our room had a nice balcony looking over the beach. There is a bar and the restaurant food was very adequate. The staff were friendly and helpful - one of them even took me downstairs to watch the English Premier League on his television. There is internet but did not work really when we were there. The hotel was quiet with just ten or so people staying.

The fantastic seal sanctuary is just a couple of kilometres away and is easily reached by car. The beach and its desert/dunes environment is worth experiencing but walking from the hotel on the soft sand is difficult and after a couple of kilometres or so had return.

There is no other hotel accommodation in the area but they do not exploit this and they try to make you as comfortable as possible. Not the best accommodation we stayed in Namibia but does the job for one or two nights.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Just a few steps and you are in the ocean! Only one night here for us, but enough time to appreciate good food, huge and clean rooms and, above all, very professional staff at the reception. We had to leave early in the morning and they arranged breakfast packs although they don't usually do it.
Pleasant fireplace at the restaurant, it was very cold when we were there and a cup of tea near the fireplace was perfect.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and i stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon.

Good things:
1. Location, right on the sea, waves crashing in, remote.
2. Close to Africa's largest seal colony with a good selection of sea birds also present
3. Bright room with large windows and excellent sea views
4. Cosy open fires in dinning room
5. Staff were helpful and accommodating

Bad things:
1. Dinning room often cold and draughty (make sure you have a coat)
2. Food was rather hit or miss
3. If you're a vegetarian then prepare for no vegetarian options for dinner, a total lack of creativity and cheese and vegetable pasta for every evening meal
4. Trips seemed expensive

Overall we liked Cape Cross Lodge. The main draw is the seal colony and 1 night would have been enough to spend some time by the sea, check out the seals and cool down from the heat of inland Namibia.

Room Tip: Ask for sea views
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We stayed here for one night only en route between Swakopmund and Damaraland, and really enjoyed the remote location on the edge of nowhere. The lodge is very close to the seal colony, which is well worth a (smelly) visit, but you can do that in a day trip from Swakopmund, you don't have to stay at the hotel... There is a campsite here too, but we can't comment on that.

The hotel is quite modern but sympathetic to the landscape and subtly decorated in sandy yellows, gentle blues, and dusky whites. We were welcomed at reception and shown to two spacious adjoining rooms on the first floor of the main building, both with small balconies and lovely sea views, as well as small but adequate en suite shower-rooms. The building is right on the beach, and you can hear the sound of the surf pretty much all the time. There were tea and coffee-making facilities but no fresh milk in the room, only down in the lounge...

There isn't much to do except walk along the beach or sit on the terrace and admire the seascape, although there were a few hardy souls surfing in the chilly waters. The beach is a smooth expanse of golden sand, stretching south to the seal colony, and north to the Angolan border (basically). I loved sitting on the terrace, ostensibly reading, but actually just absorbing the view, the sounds of the sea, and the gentle winter sunlight (we visited in late June).

We ate dinner in the restaurant, having first relaxed by the huge open fire lit at nightfall in the lounge area. It was a fixed menu and the food was very good, especially the caramelised beetroot (a vegetable I normally dislike intensely, it was a revelation!). Breakfast was ok but not great, but the hotel was very quiet, so I suspect it was more low key than usual. The view from the dining room is, needless to say, of the beach and the sea - splendid.

There is free wifi in the lobby area (shame it didn't cover the lounge), which was slow but ok for checking emails, and the staff were all friendly and polite. But it is the location that makes this place special, with just a little more thought and attention to detail it could be excellent, and we'd love to go back...

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Cape Cross Lodge

Address: Skeleton Coast, Skeleton Coast Park, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Skeleton Coast Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Skeleton Coast Park
Price Range: $205 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape Cross Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge is a perfect rest spot for those travelling the Skeleton Coast or Damaraland region. Day visitors are most welcome as well as overnight guests. The in-house museum accommodates past relics of early settlers at Cape Cross and visitors can explore the history entwined within the lodge surroundings. The Atlantic ocean hugs a vast expanse of beach where one can stroll while taking in the breathless vistas. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Cape Cross Lodge Namibia/Skeleton Coast Park

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