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Cape Cross Lodge

Where the Namib Desert intersects with the Namibia’s Atlantic shoreline, it is called the Skeleton Coast. It is in this unique region that Cape Cross Lodge is situated. The lodge is about one hour north of Swakopmund and just 2.5 miles from the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. Cape Cross Lodge is an ideal destination for travelers who want to explore Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and Damaraland regions.

The coast of Namibia is barren, windswept, and yet is starkly beautiful. The cold Benguela current runs along the coast making the seas surprisingly rich. As the chilled sea air encounters the warm desert air, it creates a dense fog that provides water to the area’s specially-adapted animals and plants.

Cape Cross Lodge is equal parts Cape Dutch architecture and Namibian west-coast fishing village. Fully glassed frontages allow the light flood in, and the lounge and dining areas have inviting fireplaces to ward off the winter chill. Accommodation at the lodge is in 25 luxury en-suite rooms, of which some are in the main building and others in the courtyard. All the rooms have private balconies with wooden deck chairs and tables and unrestricted sea views.

Perhaps the most memorable “event” at the lodge is simply wandering the endless beaches. The lodge will gladly provide fishing tackle so you can try your luck for Kob, White Steenbras, or other local species. The fishing is excellent here, and the chance of catching something is great. Do book in advance if you want to fish though, as fishing licenses will need to be arranged.

Visit the Cape Cross Seal Colony to observe the world’s largest mainland breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals. While here, you may see the black-backed jackal that is a regular visitor, and at night the brown hyena is often seen scavenging.

The Petrified Lagoon, with its unique salt crystal formations over 400 years old, is a must see. Or take part in an excursion to Messum Crater, which reveals amazing salt pans. On the way you can visit pristine lichen fields and view unique desert flora, reptiles, insects, scavengers, and carnivores. Quite interesting are the large populations of Welwitschia Mirabilis plants, some nearly 2,000 year old.

Other activities include a visit to the Winston Wreck, one of the famous wrecks along the Skeleton Coast, or a trip to a desert waterhole some twenty miles inland where you can experience the buoyancy similar to that of Israel’s Dead Sea.

If surfing is your thing, be sure to pack a board as the surf here is world class. Kayaking in the bay is fantastic as well, and a two-man Kayak is available at the lodge.

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