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Address: 15 km north of Swakopmund | C34 Road, Namibia
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Worth a visit but not for the delicate

Upside: Hundreds if not thousands of seals all along the coastline, including lots of adorable pups at this time of year. Beautiful setting with the waves crashing up on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
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Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Visited in November when there were loads of pups. Hundreds of seals and pups on the beach, the rocks and in the ocean. Viewed mating and bulls fighting. Smelly but they were so close so you could see and hear everything

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Babenhausen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

From Swakopmund you can drive with a rented car to cape cross. You can watch thousands of sealions out there in the ocean and also very close. The smell of these animals is very strong and if you are very sensitive, you should take a handkerchief in front of your nose. Close to the cape is the Cape Cross Lodge,... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

A great spectacle watching thousands of seals in their natural habitat, but the noise and stench is really overwhelming. I can understand that nature must have its way, yet I think the dead seals should be removed. Especially like the one carcass that was practically blocking the boardwalk when we were there.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Upside: Hundreds if not thousands of seals all along the coastline, including lots of adorable pups at this time of year. Beautiful setting with the waves crashing up on the rocks. Fun to watch the social interactions among the seals. Downside: The smell, which is some horrid combination of waste and death. The dead seals, both adults and babies, were... More 

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Kampala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We came expecting Disney seals and seal pups - Pure cuteness. We were confronted by what felt like a zombie seal apocalypse. It started with a couple of dead pups, we assumed killed by irresponsible drivers. But they became a trail of decaying seal pups putrefying though leading to the wailing masses.The colony is huge and breeding season gives you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

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 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 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 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

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

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