Welcome to Cape Cross Seal Reserve


No pets or motorcycles are permitted, and visitors may not cross the low barrier between the seal-viewing area and the rocks where the colony lounges.


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Cape Cross Seal Reserve activities

$80 Day Trips & Excursions

Explorer Cape Cross seal colony Day Tour

Half Day Cape Cross Seal Colony Tour (5.0 h tour)  We travel along the coast in a northerly direction and visit some salt-pans where Flamingos can be seen. We continue along the coast and stop once more to take a closer look at a ship wreck.  We also inspect some lichen-fields next to the salt-road. Afterwards we proceed to the Cape Cross seal reserve. Here in 1486 a Portuguese explorer named Diego Cao, the first European to set foot in Namibia, erected a stone cross in honour of King Juan I of Portugal. To-day there is a large colony of Cape Fur Seals which can be viewed at close quarters and is an experience of a lifetime. Since the introduction of legislation controlling the utilisation of seals in Namibia in 1922 the seal population at Cape Cross has increased to more than 250,000. Our return journey to Swakopmund includes a short sightseeing tour of the small holiday resort Henties Bay. Henties Bay developed from a mere sprinkling of fisher huts into a very popular holiday resort within a few decades.  Pick-up from Beach Hotel Swakopmund:09h00 (included)

$536 Outdoor Activities

4-Day Sossusvlei and Swakopmund Camping Safari

Day 1 Windhoek to Swakopmund (B,L&D) We will depart from Windhoek at 08h00 driving via Okahandja and Usakos to Swakopmund where you will have a light lunch before we proceed to Cape Cross Seal Reserve. The reserve is the home of one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world. Don't miss this wonderful nature experience. On our way back we pass by Skeleton coast to see the shipwreck. We will arrive in Swakopmund late afternoon where you will have time to explore the seaside town on foot.  Day 2 Swakopmund to Sossusvlei  (B,L&D) The drive from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei is a unique route which meanders through the Namib desert. The highlights of the drive include, Walvis Bay Flamigo birds, the burnt red dunes of Sossusvlei, crossing through the Tropic of Capricorn, apple pies in the tiny settlement of Solitaire, the moon like landscape of the Namib-Naukluft National Park are a breath-taking site. Arrival at the lodge or campsite in the afternoon, followed by a visit to the fascinating rock formation of the Sesriem Canyon and late afternoon if time allows, climbing Elim Dune overlooking beautiful desert horizon. Dinner will top-up the adventures of the first day. Day 3 Sossusvlei  (B,L&D) Early in the morning, at sunrise, we will visit the Sesriem Gate to the remarkable Sossusvlei. We start off with climbing picturesque Dune 45, experiencing beauty and vastness of the orange-colored landscape. Off-road drive to the surreal Dead Vlei, a place of vast desert pan where dried-up, ancient acacias stand silent in the impressive, open-air gallery. If you wish, you can take on climbing one of the highest dunes on Earth, the ‚Big Daddy’ or ‚Big Mama’. 360 degrees, panoramic views of the ‚Sea of Sand’ are incredible! Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei are considered to be one of the most photogenic and some of the most photographed places on Earth! Along the way, you can perceive occasional wildlife: ostriches, oryx, bat-eared foxes, springboks, possibly cheetah and various birds inhabiting the desert. In the afternoon, time for rest and relaxation in the quiet atmosphere of the Namib. Day 4 Sossusvlei to Windhoek  (B&L) Soon after breakfast we will depart to Windhoek through beautiful Spreetshoogte Pass. On our way we will stop-over at Solitaire. We will approximately arrive at our destination before lunch. We will drop you off at the hotel/lodge of your choice Farewell, goodbye.

$1643.23 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Namibian Explorer from Windhoek

Day 1: Windhoek – Okonjima (300km) (BLD) (Camping)Depart from Windhoek and continue north.We aim to arrive at Okonjima during the middle afternoon. Okonjima is the home of the Africat Foundation. Afternoon guided tour to see some cheetah and the Africat rehabilitation programme. Camping under the stars.Day 2: Okonjima – Etosha National Park (300km) (BLD) (Camping)An early start and continuing north to Namutoni camp in Etosha National Park. During the cool of the late afternoon for our first game drive. After your evening meal there are still more chances to see Etosha’s big game at Namutoni’s floodlit waterhole. Day 3: Etosha National Park (Full Day Game Drive) (BLD) (Camping)A full day’s game driving. Along the way we visit several waterholes before continuing to Okaukuejo. Okaukuejo is famous for its waterhole, which has been described as one of the “best game viewing opportunities in Southern Africa”Day 4: Okaukuejo – Grootberg area (310km) (BLD) (Camping)Leaving Etosha we begin our journey south to the Grootberg region. Within this area we visit a Himba Village – the only traditionally functioning Himba community outside the far north Kaokoland region of Namibia From here it is a short drive on to The Hoada Community Campsite.We overnight – camping under the stars.Day 5: Grootberg area – Twyfelfontein (190 km) (BLD) (Camping)Today we head into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia, Damaraland. Also visiting the ancient Bushman rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Overnight camping in the area. Day 6: Twyfelfontein – Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast (420 km) (BL) (Chalet)Depart from Twyfelfontein area, and continue to the coast of Namibia. Visiting the Cape Cross Seal Reserve en route. The next destination is Swakopmund.. We aim to arrive in the late afternoon giving us time to explore the town on foot before sunset.Day 7: Today is a free day. Lunch and dinner today is not included in the price of the safari and will be for the client’s own accountDay 8: Swakopmund – Sesriem area (300 km) (BLD) (Camping)We first make a stop at Walvis Bay. Our next stop, the tiny town of Solitaire. We aim to arrive at our camp during the late afternoon and watch the colours glow and change on distant mountains to the east.Day 9: Sesriem – Sossusvlei (Camping) (BLD)Early morning start. Visiting Dune 45, Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. As the day cools off in the late afternoon we will take a short excursion to the Sesriem Canyon.Day 10: After breakfast we head back to Windhoek. Arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon.

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