The seal colony at Cape Cross is undoubtedly the main attraction on the coast between the Skeleton Coast Park and Henties Bay.
The seal reserve with its surrounding area was proclaimed a reserve in 1968 to protect the biggest and best known of the 23 colonies of Cape fur Seals which breed along the coast of South Africa and Namibia. During the November / December breeding season as many as 150 000 of these animals gather at Cape Cross. It is also the area where the Portuguese navigator Diego Cao erected a stone cross in 1486.
To enable visitors to appreciate the reserve more fully, a self guided drive incorporating six points of interest in the reserve has been planned.
The turnoff to the reserve is signposted on the C34, 120km north of Swakopmund. The entrance gate is 3km beyond the turnoff and the reception area is 1km further.
No accommodation is available, but the reserve is easily accessible from Swakopmund, Henties Bay and camp sites in the National West Coast Recreation area. It is en route to the Skeleton Coast Park.
Amenities are limited to toilets and drinking water.
Open daily from 10h00 to 17h00.
No accommodation, only drinking water and toilets.
No pets allowed, but there are kennels at the gate.