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“Remote quality retreat” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Cross Lodge
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Remote quality retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

This small hotel, with only a few rooms, all facing the sea, is deliciously remote from about anything else. In front: the cold Atlantic, with active bird life and seals (lots, given the nearby huge colony), behind: the desert - a stark but beautiful landscape (an excusion to the Messum crater is highly recommended - fantastic landscapes and eerily quiet). The hotel is of high quality, the restaurant has a set menu for dinner (lunch is a la carte), but food is good, and breakfast the common buffet with plenty of options. Being on the coast it can be surprisingly chilly at night, and with wind blowing even during the day, but that's a nice respite of the heat that can be experienced just inland. All in all a fantastic place for a romantic get-away!

Room Tip: Only two floors, those on the bottom have direct access to the beach, but the upper floor ones have...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Harare, Zimbabwe
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311 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Very comfortable hotel, the staff were extremely helpful and the food was acceptable. However don't go there at this time of year as seeing so many dead seal pups washed up on the beach was very sad. They also do a cull in the middle of March and again in July so would suggest you avoid these times of year as well, but definitely worth a visit and there is also camping available

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed here one night at the start of our Namibian Trip. Had a lovely room on the second floor overlooking the sea. Went for a walk on the beach to see the Seals and the odd Jackal then back for drinks and dinner. Food and service was great and the bar had a lovely log fire to warm the night. We discussed our next day travel plans with Bernd (the lodge General Manager) and he was most helpful.
This places seems at the "end of the earth" and in our case as the only guests that night it lived up to that.
Its 5 minutes drive to the Cape Cross Seal colony which we visited the next morning. Again we were the only visitors.
I would recomend Cape Cross Lodge for an overnight stay or an extra day if you just want to enjoy the isolation.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second floor facing the Sea if they are available
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Loomis, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed at Cape Cross Lodge in early February. They had just finished a remodel, and let us stay the night before the "official" re-opening. We were charmed to be the only guests and still receive first-class service. The rooms were clean and right on the beach, the food was good, and the service was exceptional, especially from the office manager, Life. Although the hotel's amenities would not normally pull a five star rating, the experience overall could not be rated less, especially given the stark environment in which it is situated.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms facing the surf are excellent and have private balconies
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Prague, Czech Republic
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Another stop on the ride around Namibia was on Skeleton coast near seal colony. Place is called Cape Cross. Even weather was windy and cold (some 5 celsium degrees) my friends decided on staying at camp sites in tents. I was tried the room in the lodge. I got clean and nice room with view at the beach, but without any kind of heating (heating pad is needed). In the room you can use kettle. Food was absolutely perfect especially kudu steak was the best one in Namibia. You can have any kind of steaks, soups, vegetables, pastas. Cake, tea or coffee is "free for use" during the day for accommodated people (but not for people at camp sites). Lodge provided trips to wrecked ships and to the desert. Plus is free Wi-Fi connection at reception. Separated clean camp sites has bathroom, wc, shower with hot water everything is prepared for easy use.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank venajue
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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41 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Cape Cross Lodge

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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