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“Cape Cross Breeding Colony Fun”
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Cape Cross
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Ranked #25 of 161 things to do in Namibia
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“Cape Cross Breeding Colony Fun”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

The Cape Cross seal breeding colony is a scenic 115 km north of Swakopmund making it a great day trip. These are not migrating seals and as a result are present throughout the year so don't worry if your trip does not exactly coincide with the breeding time. The number of seals fluctuate between 80,000 and 100,000 individuals depending on how close it is to breeding season. During the nonbreeding season, adult males are infrequent visitors to the Colony but start arriving in mid October to set up their breeding territories. During this time, the male seals can be seen herding their cows and defending their territories. Most of the pups are born in late November or early December, 90% of them within a 34 day period. Great time to visit this very interesting colony . But there are so many seals that viewing is excellent at any time of the year.

Visited July 2012
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“Good place to see seals”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

100 kms detour, but most likely worth spending 3 hours. Expect funny noises and smells. Couple wrecks on the way there

Visited September 2012
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“Cape Cross”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

To be honest, I have travelled a lot but I have not seen so many seals so close before ... definetely you need some time to drive up here but its worth it once you have arrived. You will experience a very close-up of the seals and you can enjoy them sleeoping, playing or swimming in the water... make sure you bring your camera cause you will have the opportunity to take very close pictures ... one weak point was the smell of the animals...you may want to bring cloths for changing after your visit.

Visited October 2011
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“Close to the wild”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

Cape Cross is for sure one of the few place in the world where you can see such big colony of seals...you will see thousands of wild seal in their natural environment and so the smell in not really like chanel n.5. you can reach cape cross by driving 1.30-2h north of Swakopmund.

Visited October 2011
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“The Bloody Attraction”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

When travelling towards Cape Cross, you can get pretty excited. First of all, you're about to visit a huge colony of Cape Seals and it really is spectacular to see it.
Thr road towards the colony is very beautiful, you drive by the wide open sandy beach areas that make a very unfamiliar landscape where desert slowly turns into beach. Cameras all ready you step out of your car in on the parking just in front of the entry where some friendly people give you some information. Then you start realizing the smell. It smells like a weird mix of wet dog, dead animals and excrement. And in fact, it's what you mostly see between the great number of seals. We went near the end of the breeding season, when the colony is full of little cute puppy's. Sadly you can witness them dying and suffering from the sun and hunger. But that's what you get, nature is very harsh indeed. So the smell and the scenes are pretty 'normal' and acceptable. So absolutely no complaints about that. It's an amazing location, you can make beautiful pictures and such. But the wooden structure that brings you to the nearly touch distance makes it feel a little too man-made. However, it's probably the best way to make the best pictures.

The real downside of the whole attraction is the fact that the Namibians organize seal slaughtering parties weekly. Mostly fishermen gather to kill a number of seals because they believe that the seals cause the lack of fish in the ocean. They do this with clubs, they enter the population and start slaughtering the helpless seals. The meat is eaten and the skin is (obviously) used as fur.
The government legalizes this whole operation, AND also protects the seals with this so-called seal shelter... They have their little information shack to explain how beautiful the seals are, and how important it is to conserve them. However they also allow to mass murder them... Find some logic here people!

As a conclusion I say that the whole attraction is pretty good, I advise to go and take a look, it's a great way to see these beautiful creatures. But don't forget the slaughtering that is hidden from the unaware tourists!

Visited January 2012
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