Cape Cross Lodge

Top choice lodge, campground in Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Cape Cross Lodge has an odd but strangely appealing architecture, which is self-described as a cross between Cape Dutch and fishing-village style. The nicer rooms have spacious outdoor patios that overlook the coastline, though you really can’t choose a bad room at this all-around stunner of a lodge, conveniently located just before the official reserve entrance.

It’s a superb, isolated spot right on a sweeping bend of the bay overlooking blue seas and rollers lolling in and crashing over white-sand beaches. There are also 20 excellent campsites, although they're separated from the seafront by the main lodge building.

There's even a nice little museum which focuses on the seafaring history of this stretch of coast. The restaurant (mains N$60 to N$110) dishes out plenty of seafood including a fish sandwich (with admittedly weird mayo) and a seafood platter for N$215.