Cape Cross Lodge
Skeleton Coast - Namibia
Cape Cross Lodge is situated on Namibia's Skeleton Coast, about an hours drive north of Swakopmund and 4kms from the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. This is an isolated section of coast line and the lodge is an ideal destination for travellers who want to explore the Skeleton Coast or Damaraland region.
Cape Cross Lodge is a mixture of Cape Dutch architecture and Namibian west-coast fishing village style. It has a fully-glassed frontage, allowing plenty of natural light to shine in. Both the lounge and dining areas have inviting fire-places to ward off the winter chill. Fresh air enthusiasts will love a walk along the beach from the lodge!
Accommodation is in 18 Double Rooms or 2 Semi-suites.
An a-la-carte menu is available for all meals, but a buffet style service will be introduced for larger groups. The cocktail bar and private cellar, has a fine selection of wines and spirits.
The lodge also caters for lunch-time visitors, making it the perfect pit-stop for those hungry groups travelling to and from the Skeleton Coast or Damaraland.
The Cape Fur Seal Reserve tour, visits the biggest mainland-breeding colony in the world. Activities centre around the presence of the seals. Visitors can self-drive or join a guided tour to the colony. The black-backed jackal is a common visitor in these parts, as is the brown hyena, often seen at night scavenging, amongst the nurseries and younger seals of the colony. An addition to the seal colony trip, is the Petrified Lagoon, with unique salt crystal formations over 400 yrs old.
Another popular pursuit is to the solitude and silence of the Messum Crater Excursion, revealing captivating salt pans. On the way, the tour will visit fascinating lichen fields, as well as viewing unique desert flora, reptiles, insects, scavengers and carnivores of the area. Dense populations of Welwitschia plants, some nearly 2,000 year old, are also on the itinerary, before moving on to ancient bushman paintings.
Coastal angling is a must for fishermen and beginners alike. Bait, tackle, meals and refreshments for the day trip can all be organized by the lodge. (Please note that fishing licenses are required by law, so pre-bookings are essential.)
Other activities include The Winston Wreck is one of the famous wrecks along the Skeleton Coast, and a trip to experience the buoyancy of the Dead Sea, at a desert waterhole some 30kms from the Lodge. Surfing is of a world class standard here, but bring your own surfboard!
Guests with particular interest in photography, geology, history, geography, desert fauna and the curious desert succulent flora, will enjoy a stay at Cape Cross Lodge. It can also cater for special events, including honeymoon packages, small weddings, private beach dinners and picnic excursions into the surrounding desert or along the bay.
Alternatively, guest might prefer to simply chill out with a game of chess in front of the fire, or perhaps tackle a selection of board games or cards, available in the lounge. Children of all ages are welcome at Cape Cross Lodge.
- Guided Seal Visit
- Cape Cross Lodge conducts 45min trips to the seal colony between 10h00 to 16h00 daily. The overall quantities of seals actually at the colony varies according to the time of year. Expect to see larger numbers when they come ashore to breed and less when they are out to sea feeding. Pre-bookings are essential to avoid disappointment
- Messum Crater Visit
- The Messum Crater Experience is a five hour (minimum) day trip starting and ending at Cape Cross Lodge. A number of fascinating points of interest will be visited on your route, with convenient stops and a lunch break included at the guide's discretion. On the way visit one of the most productive stretches of lichen fields in the Namib Desert, ancient Welwitschia plants at the Messum River and pulsating views of the Moon Landscape. A concentration of rock paintings, rocks and minerals follow before your return to the lodge. A short 5km beach drive precedes your arrival where patient, shoreline fisherman attempt to land kabeljou, steenbras or galjoen.
- Un-Guided Seal Visit
- It is a 4km walk or drive from the lodge to the Seal Colony
- Winston Wreck
- Visit one of the many famous wrecks along the Skeleton Coast. This vessel stranded during the early 40's with soldiers and civilian passengers on board
- The surfing conditions at Cape Cross Lodge is of a world class standard. Bring your own surfboard
- The bay allows for fantastic kayaking. 2-man Kayak available at the Lodge
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