Just an hour’s drive north of Swakopmund and 53km from Henties Bay is the Cape Cross Seal Reserve – the largest mainland breeding colony of the Cape seal in the world. Cape Cross gets its name from a stone pillar erected by Portuguese explorer Diego Cao.
The Namib Desert is not only one of the world’s oldest deserts, but also one of the driest. No fresh water is naturally available at Cape Cross. All water is transported over land from Henties Bay. However, the absence of natural fresh water will be no problem for the traveller. Be assured that our valued clients are spoiled in luxury rooms with all the necessary facilities.
One would expect to see an abundance of marine mammals such as Cape seals, but what might surprise most visitors are the relatively large numbers of jackal and brown hyena. Both species are fully adapted to survive in this hostile environment.
Birdlife can only be described as prolific with most of South Africa’s marine species present and in abundance
Honeymooners and private functions are a specialty of Cape Cross Lodge. Guests will be delighted with the desert flora and fauna, not the least of which are the ancient Welwitschia plants, dating back 2 000 years. The history and geology of the Skeleton Coast will fascinate you. The coast is a paradise for fishermen, and fishing gear is available to guests, but bring your own surfboard.
A mere 4km from the seal reserve you will come across Cape Cross Lodge. Ideally suited for those exploring the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland, Cape Cross Lodge is a haven for travellers, with a glassed frontage to maximize the natural light. For those misty, cool days, a blazing fire will welcome you in and ward off the chill.
Cape Cross Lodge offers eighteen sea view standard suites and two luxurious sea view semi-suites. All rooms offer excellent panoramic views over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. The rooms on the first floor offer private balconies and the ground floor rooms have direct excess to the beach. As you can expect from a lodge renowned for its high standards, the bathrooms are spacious and luxurious.
The restaurant, with its central fireplace, is the place to be in the evenings. The fire warms the dining room and lounge area during winter and colder days. The fresh sea breeze cools this area down during the warmer summer days.
The menu is extensive and Cape Cross lodge offers seafood, game and a wide variety of salads and desserts to satisfy everybody’s tastes. Dinner is often served around open fires.
Cape Cross Lodge is known for its excellent breakfast buffet and afternoon coffee/tea with their famous home baked cake.
Lunch is a ’la carte and day visitors are welcome.
The time you spend at Cape Cross Lodge will never be boring. The main attraction might be the massive colony of Cape Fur Seals less than 2 km from the lodge but, visiting the colony is certainly not the only activity.
The lodge is at one of Namibia’s best fishing spots and fishing can be arranged. We recommend tag and release, but for those who want to freeze their fish, we are more than willing to help.
A collection of excellent paintings is displayed at the lodge. Both to admire, or to buy if you want to make use of the time and make an investment.
In 1486, early Portuguese explorers erected a cross on a rock. In spite of the very harsh conditions, the cross remained there for four centuries and gave name to the nature reserve and the lodge.
The museum which is in the lodge, houses many remnants left by past settlers who visited the area to fish, mine salt and hunt whales.