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“Nice lodge to visit the seal colony”
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Cape Cross Lodge
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“Nice lodge to visit the seal colony”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

- Excellent service, very friendly and helpful staff
- Cosy lounge area within dining room (with a fire place as it gets a bit crisp at night)
- Simple but clean rooms, adequate size; our room had a balcony with great ocean view (invites to sit there for hours, just staring at the sea… watching seals popping their heads out of the water very now and then as the seal colony is just around the corner)
- Why 4 out of 5? It is a nice place, great people, and excellent location but at the end it is nothing “fancy”. It is a simple but good lodge but compared to other lodges in Namibia, which even offer a slightly higher standard and which are also located in remote areas - the price for the room per night is a bit too high!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

I last stayed here 12 years ago and had been wanting to go back for many years. It was worth the wait. We stayed for two nights in February and had a wonderful time. The food is pretty good but the location is fantastic if you like being in a remote spot. The room was also very pleasant and the beds comfortable. The service and the attention from the managers was excellent. One of the local highlights, and probably the main reason for most people staying here is to visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony which is a short drive away. Here you can see 250,000 Cape Fur Seals up close and we were especially lucky that the pups were only a few weeks old so it was a hive of activity, and so great we went back the next day. The children also had a fantastic time swimming tin the sea right in front of the hotel, a bit chilly but at 11 and 9 they do not feel the cold! One word of warning is that due to the sheer number of seals they undertake an annual cull between June - November. Whilst this is apparently done during the early hours of the morning and everything is cleaned up in time for the public opening hours I would imagine that the seals would be skittish and that it would not be a good time to visit the colony.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Yokneam Moshava
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

The place looks like a very decent one, isolated and beautiful, and right on the beach. But for us it simply provided a chance for a long awaited civilized lunch, with beautiful views of the ocean. In addition, and although it didn't show on the map, you could and we didl, actually buy gas from jerry cans. That way we could then take off back to the desert and visit the Messum crater.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Cape cross lodge is a good place to spend the night after a visit to fur seal Sanctuary. The amazing Sanctuary is only minutes alway and really worth the visit. The rooms were nice and the ocean view was amazing. We spent a lot of time walking on the deserted beach. After a cool walk on the beach a glass of wine by the wood burning fireplace was a perfect spot.

They only small problem we had was at check out when the visa machine won't work. They wanted a lot of personal info like passwords and mother maiden name when we refused the visa machine work.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nadine900, General Manager at Cape Cross Lodge, responded to this review, December 14, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we value your feedback. In regards to the credit card machine, I would just like to explain that because we are nestled between the Atlantic and the Namib desert, literally in the middle of nowhere, all our telephone, credit card and internet facilities work with wifi and sometimes the signal can be weak or non existent. Therefore, on days like these, we ask you to fill in a form with all your details in order to manually feed our transactions through. It is merely a procedure that protects both yourself and the business and is only required on days when we have weak or no signal at all. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope on your next visit that we have a better signal.
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Honiton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We drove across country for more than five hours to reach Cape Cross and loved the location and peace.

The fur seal colony a few miles up the coast is one of the biggest in the world and consisted of 600lb "beachmasters", numerous females and their young.

Reached only by salt roads this hotel is only an hour or so from Henties Bay but with the vast expanse of the South Atlantic just feet from our window it seemed very remote. The beach was beautiful and stretched along the length of the Skelton Coast all the way to distant Angola.

Rooms here all look on to this vast ocean and onto the beach which was regularly patrolled by brown hyena in search of a tasty fur seal pup.

The food is good but not Michelin starred and the staff very friendly.

I'd certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nadine900, General Manager at Cape Cross Lodge, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
Thank you for reviewing Cape Cross Lodge on tripadvisor. We value your contribution and assessment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and welcome you back any time.
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Right on the ocean - next stop Argentina! Very close to the Cape Cross fur seal sanctuary. You could easily walk to it if you were allowed but it will only take two minutes to drive there. When you come back smelling of seal please have a shower before dinner! The seal sanctuary, you can only see a small part of it but that is more than enough seals at probably 10,000, is something else. Wall to wall seals and plenty of opportunity for great photographs. Very nice that there is a picnic table for you but the seals seem to have adopted it as their own so I would leave them to it.

The lodge is more hotel/motel style than game lodge but well equipped, clean and with stunning views of the ocean and beach.

Reception most friendly and welcoming. Food is good (veggies advise in advance).

We want on a guided tour of the salt works - not sure if it was part of a structured tour but very informative about another aspect of Namibia life we did not know about.

It would have been good to spend longer here to unwind even further and to enjoy the solitude of the beach. Thanks guys.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Really great staff excellent service. All rooms have ocean views we stayed in the upstairs suite $20 US extra perperson ( upgrade on check in) really great balcony for sunset listening to the waves and relaxing. Amazing sunsets and wallks along the beach. One of our favourite places in Namibia after 4 weeks travel. The seafood platter is to die for with huge mussels and grilled fish king prawn the best ever! Great place as alternative for one night on way down to Swunkpond we also recommend the Hanse Hotel colonial garden and 1920 style Out of Africa feel. Enjoy silver service.

Room Tip: The upstair rooms and suite better views but alll rooms excellent.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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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 
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Cape Cross Lodge Namibia/Skeleton Coast Park

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