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Cape Cross, Namibia

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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 Swakopmund trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It smells... before you even get out of the vehicle. It's noisy... like hurt your eardrums worthy. But... it's amazing! Seals as far as your eye can see. Piled up everywhere on the shore and dotted th...  more »
  • So many seals together give a decent smell but is worth a wander. Everywhere are swimming, play cry seals and you look your eyes out if you for the details.
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  • It's worth a detour to come here. There are wooden walkways over rocks and some of the seals are laying around just inches away. Lots are laying on top of each other, draped over rocks, or playing in ...  more »

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You won't have trouble finding accommodations that suit you in Swakopmund, as the popular seaside resort town boasts a variety of lodging options. Budget-conscious tourists can stay at one of the backpacker hostels and lodges, or choose a cozy room in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast. You'll find a number of upscale hotels lining the town's Atlantic coastline, while travelers looking for more privacy can also consider renting an apartment or bungalow.
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