Holidays to Cape Cross (Seal Reserve), Namibia

With its rather foreboding reputation as a barren landscape of shipwrecks and scattered whale bones, you might have thought that nothing would be able to survive on Namibia’s notorious Skeleton Coast. However, despite once being referred to as 'The Gates of Hell' by sailors, the truth about the area could not be more different.

The small headland of Cape Cross was first visited by a European in 1486 when Portuguese explorer Diego Cao landed in the area, but it has enjoyed its fair share of visitors since then, due to it now being home to one of the largest colonies of Cape fur seals in the world.

In the region of 100,000 of the fascinating animals are thought to call the area home during their breeding season and they make for an awe-inspiring sight if you love wildlife. 

There is more to the Cape Cross area than simply seals however, as visitors also have the chance to explore the wider Dorob National Park and Skeleton Coast and embrace their sense of adventure with a range of activities. Kayaking tours out of Walvis Bay are a great way to take to the water and also see more of this beautiful area’s array of wildlife including pelicans and – if you’re in luck – dolphins too.

Alternatively, you can swap the water for the sky and enjoy a hot air balloon ride across the stunning sand dunes of the Namib desert, while thrill seekers will be in their element - with a skydiving experience over the stunning landscape. All in all, a trip to Cape Cross and the Skeleton Coast is sure to be one to remember.



  • See the area's incredible Cape fur seal colony

  • Spot dolphins and other wildlife on a kayaking tour

  • Enjoy the wonder of the area from a hot air balloon

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I grew up near the picturesque fishing village of Rye, in East Sussex. However, my heart has always been in Africa since I was a young girl. Having a South African father meant my love for the history and colour of this fantastic continent has been a prominent part of my life, and so getting to travel to seven different countries over the last few years has been a dream come true. One of my highlights was flying in the famous yellow bi-plane across Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.

Cape Cross (Seal Reserve) trip ideas

Map of Cape Cross (Seal Reserve)