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Jozi Gal
Sandton, South Africa1,387 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful Location with lovely sea views from dining area and bedrooms. Staff are the best, friendly and efficient. Loved the lit fire in the lounge/dining area. Complimentary tea and coffee available at bar all day. WiFi is a nightmare, only available in the dining area and bar and even then kicks you out constantly.

Rooms are basic fitted with a safe tea and coffee. Shower Gel, shampoo, handwash and shower cap provided.

Food was basic and underwhelming for me, but that’s just for me.

Fuel available for purchase @ 30 Namibian dollars per litre.
Written 23 April 2024
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Dave Hopwood
Stirling, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
There are two reasons to go to Cape Cross; firstly, to view the giant seal colony and secondly the (replica) cross planted by Diego Cao in his voyage to reach the East in the late 1400's. It's quite a long drive from Swakopmund and further from Walvis Bay. The journey itself is interesting if you enjoy the austere beauty of the landscape, but if not, it can be tedious. You'll pass through (or past) the small town of Hentie's Bay and the even smaller settlement of Wlotzkasbaken. You'll also see the shipwreck of the Zeila. The curio sellers can be a nuisance here, but if you'd like examples of semi-precious stones, they can be bought. Many examples of huge salt crystals in the area which can be bought (an honesty system) along the road.
It's an interesting days outing, but unless you enjoy the wildlife and historical aspect there are more better things to do. The smell of the seal colony is very strong, depending on the wind! Probably not for children, but great for photographers!
Written 21 March 2024
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truda
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Stunning coastline, remote, peaceful, but with well equipped houses and a lodge, plus a camp site for those that prefer. Feel rejuvenated after a trip to Cape Cross
Written 8 March 2024
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Toochay
Ingatestone, UK69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Biggest disappointment of our fabulous Namibia road-trip.
Visited on New Year's day driving up from Swakopmund where we overnighted. The purpose-built boardwalk is basically in reality completely out of bounds for visitors, with large seals strewn all along it, blocking the passageways. Worst of all it's a deathtrap for younger seals who get caught in between the beams. Lost count of how many dead baby young seals we witnessed. Which does not add to the dreadful smelly PONG in the area, an absolutely disgusting stuck in your throat, in your nostrils, on your clothes - a heady awful mix of death, urine and excrement. Not a pleasant experience at all. Have visited other famous seal sites in the world, for example Kangaroo island in Australia, in Canada, etc have never had any similar negative experience, quite the contrary. The seal numbers may be impressive but you won't last longer than 5-15min at most even with the strongest of stomachs. Just making me write this is making me want to gag and bring-up. Don't wish to sound petty and mean but this seal death-trap needs to be totally reviewed and re-designed if it wishes to attract visitors who pay good money to enter.
Written 31 January 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,323 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
No-no, I'm not suggesting you skip Cape Cross Seal Colony (getting close to so many wild seals is truly spectacular).

I just want to caution against thinking the visit is pure bliss...

- The stench is indescribable; I witnessed two guests gagging and coming close to vomiting
- You literally wade through dead seal pups and seal excrement
- Allocate 15 minutes for the visit - you'll likely endure no more
- Wear shoes that can be washed afterward

"Enjoy!"
Written 24 December 2023
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Louise P
Manchester, UK22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Terrible and distressing, the walkway designed to let tourists see the seals from close up has been closed, and it’s pupping season… hundreds of baby seals were stuck in the walkway, or the wrong side of it. Their distress calls, and those of the mothers trying to reach them were truly upsetting. There are more dead seal pups than I’ve seen in any colony before and the stench of death an decay stayed with us all all afternoon. Contrast with the brand new, fancy staff village and air-con offices filled with staff doing nothing and this is possibly the worst conservation location I’ve ever visited. Shame on the Namibian Wildlife Service!
Written 21 November 2023
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Paula F
London373 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We visited here with the expectation of a real treat - we left feeling rather depressed! It was birthing season but there were so many dead seal pups it was depressing - some had got onto the walk way and got stuck and couldn't return to their mothers - due to negligence of people leaving gate open. Not well maintained by NWR - I appreciate this is wild and nature can be cruel, but you'd think they would clear the walk way of the dead, glad I experienced it but wouldn't visit again as just too sad to witness.
Written 20 November 2023
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Michael Wyndham
Durban, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Rooms clean had fantastic view of beach and ocean. The meals great and the museum very interesting.Enjoyed our stay. WiFi could be improved as poor connection in one place
Written 18 July 2023
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Toby J
Fairfax, CA37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Avoid this "reserve" which profits from clubbing thousands of baby seals in front of their mothers, which are left to rot in the reserve. Google "Cape Cross seal clubbing" for the details.
Written 16 July 2023
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK5,031 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited with my wife. Drove from Swakopmund (around 1 hour and 20). The reserve is about 3km from the entrance gate.

If you are on a tour, the guide will take you straight there. My wife and I opted to walk. A little bit of exercise roughly 40 minutes each way. If you can be bothered walk instead of driving.

Once there a walkway will take you into the colony with excellent opportunities to view, take photos etc. Stunning, rugged and wild. The colony is enormous (if a little strong in the odour department).

Worth a look when staying in Swakopmund/Walvis Bay.
Written 16 June 2023
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