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“Seals @ Cape Cross”
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Ranked #24 of 162 things to do in Namibia
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“Seals @ Cape Cross”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Interesting to watch a colony of thousands of seals living and playing and breeding @ Cape Cross, Namibia.
There is a nice lodge close by.
Quite a drive to get there, but the scenic drive through the desert makes it worth-while.

Visited December 2012
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“A once in a lifetime spectacle”
Reviewed 25 January 2013

We went to Cape Cross mid January while on a trip through Etosha and Swakopmund. It is an hour and a half drive from Swakopmund but well worth it. As an Animal lover it was astonishing. The pups are all born between mid November and mid January. so while there the colony was full of month old pups. The noise is cacophonic and the smell permeates everywhere. The spectacle of 100 000+ seals in an area of a couple of hundred square metres is incredible. How mother and pup find each other all by sound is incredible The seals are all around the walkways and one can chose to come within centimetres of the animals while still on the walkway. On a sad note the attrition rate amongst the pups is high so expect to see a considerable number of carcasses if you are there in January. There are a couple of shipwrecks near the road which are worth walking to if you are interested.

Visited January 2013
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Romanel, Switzerland
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“Impressive”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

Cape Cross is a bit out of the way but worth the detour if you love animals. The sheer size of the seal colony is amazing. Be prepared for the noise (and the smell!) and don't forget your camera.

Visited August 2012
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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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