Destinations Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Cape Cross Seal Reserve

About the area

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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