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Cape Cross, Namibia

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#7 of 30 in Nature in Namibia
See a huge colony of seals at Cape Cross, a headland protruding into the South Atlantic. Home to some 100,000 seals, the headland serves as one of the world’s largest breeding grounds for Cape fur seals, who feed on the abundance of fish in the cold Benguela Current. Observe mammals basking in the sun and hopping around the rock-studded beach, but remember to bring a handkerchief or a bandana to protect your nose against the powerful smells. See a replica of a cross erected in 1485 by Portuguese navigator Diego Cao, the first European to set foot on Namibian soil. A visit to Cape Cross represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hentiesbaai trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Visited here in December. Be warned, there is a definite smell in the air. It stinks!. The sheer number of seals is fascinating. They are literally everywhere - in the water, on land, underneath the w...  more »
  • We visited during the first week in December. There were a hundred dead, dying and decaying baby seals scattered around the parking lot. Other times of the year may be interesting as there are A LOT o...  more »
  • Thousands of seals gather at this point of the coast composing one of the most unforgettable images of the animal world. In and out of the water you can find these mammals that are indifferent to human presence. That Yes, the blend of scents is so intense that, for many visitors, it is advisable to cover your nose with a tissue.
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