Located along the Skeleton Coast, the Cape Cross Seal Reserve is home to the largest Cape Fur Seal colony in the world. The colony (and pups from November - December) can be photographed from several viewpoints.

Thousands of perpetually moving bodies make the Cape Cross Seal Reserve one of the largest Cape fur seal colonies along the southern African coast. Visitors to the reserve can expect to be overwhelmed by the sensory overload of so many writhing seals in one place, not to mention their pungent scent. The reserve is named after the stone cross erected on the site by Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão in 1486 and was created to offer protection to the since fully-recovered seal population.


Observe the behaviour of thousands of seals in one place.
Spot sneaky black-backed jackals, one of the seals’ few predators.
Check out the replicas of the Portuguese stone pillars placed on the original site.
Have a look at the remains of the first (and very short) railway line in Namibia.

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Best time to go to Cape Cross Seal Reserve

The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is open to visitors year-round. The warmest time to visit is during the summer months between January and February. The seal population is at its largest during the breeding season, which is between October and January. July is the coldest month, except during “east wind”, which can see stifling temperatures of 30+ degrees.

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