"Cape Cross Seal Colony" Cape Cross Tip by Waxbag

Cape Cross, Namibia: 17 reviews and 24 photos

  Cape Cross Seal Colony
by Waxbag

Even though the Skeleton Coast of Namibia brings to mind endless stretches of sand where nothing lives and death is the only certainty for grounded ships and their crew, its cold waters are bursting with marine life. The Artic Benguela Current is plankton rich attracting mackerel, anchovies, and pilchards which in turn bring cape fur seals, sharks, and a plethora of bird life as well.

Cape Cross is one of the largest and best know of the seal colonies. It contains thousands and thousands of seals that are practically on top of each other there is so many. Even in the water you can see them floating, frolicking, and fighting to use a poor onamonapea. The site is quite spectacular and so is the smell.

Apparently, there is real problem with the seals and their competition with the fishing industry. So not only is the brown hyena a danger to the seals but men culling the seal to maintain their population is a danger too.

Admission is $3 US or about $25 Rand per person and vehicle.
You may not cross the barrier that separates the seals from their visitors.
Stinky toilets are available that are just as bad as the seals themselves.
Snack bar with drinks and other munchies available.

Check out my Cape Cross page for more information.
Cape Cross Seal Colony


Directions: Cape Cross is about 120 kms north of Swakopmund along the coast on C34
Website: http://www.namibweb.com/capecross.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 13, 2004
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