Cape cross lodge

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.

Double Rooms: Each Double Room as an en-suite bathroom with shower only, a tea/coffee station and an in-room safe. All guest rooms are sea-facing and have a patio or balcony with wooden deck chairs and tables.

Semi-suites: The Semi-suites are larger than the Double Rooms and have an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower, tea/coffee station, in-room safe, coffee table and 2 comfy arm chairs. The patio has more space than the doubles.

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.

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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: This 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. 

Surfing: The surfing conditions at Cape Cross Lodge is of a world class standard. Bring your own surfboard.

Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Guillaume, Sebastien

26 Oct 2014

In the middle of nowhere but charming and welcoming place. Very kind personnel, worth definitely a stop!

Vazquez, Claudia

3 Jul 2017

Perhaps the room a little cold, but everything in Namibia is so nice that we forget every little thing!!!

Lunaschi, Alessandro

9 Jul 2013

The weather was cold, so we didn`t stay well in this place. Maybe June is not the best season for this place.

Ben Chadli, Yassine

31 Oct 2017

Wonderfull rooms and view Dead Sea : amusing experience Mesum cratere : The perfect crazy man for this excursion

Janson, Candida

1 Jul 2011

Lovely accommodation, friendly staff and good food. Great for a 1 night stop if you want to go and see the seals.

Gaboardi, Andrea

3 Sep 2012

The first impression was very strange but the room was nice and the dinner one of the best we had in Namibia. Vote: 8/10

Sterckx, Jean-claude

26 Jul 2014

Nice seaside lodge, nice clean rooms with view on the sea, good reception and good food. Cold at this period of the year.

Lyons, Paul

4 Mar 2014

So delightful a place, staff went out of their way to help, due to a mishap we had, rooms very comfortable. Food first class

Fan, Karen

27 Sep 2017

Probably our favourite place to stay, really lovely with beautiful rooms and nice facilities and the reserve was incredible.

George, Emily

16 May 2018

A very comfortable lodge. Excellent location for visiting the seal colony and breaking up he journey down the skeleton coast.

Van Achterberg,theo

21 Aug 2017

Splendid location, great rooms, very friendly staff, good food. Only comment: some heating in the rooms would have been nice.

Hallam, David

31 Aug 2015

Good location, good restaurant with a roaring logfire and friendly staff. However the room had no heating and it was decidedly cold.

Benocci, Massimo

21 Aug 2015

One of the best lodge. Surely if we go back to Namibia, we would like to book at Cape Cross lodge. Service effciently and food fantastic

Barr, Rebecca

25 Apr 2015

We found this lodge a real surprise in terms of quality and setting, which were excellent. It was lovely going to sleep to the sound of the waves.


7 Oct 2016

This is a very nice location and the staff was very helpful. The afternoon tea and cake was a surprise and dinner and breakfast were both excellent.

Spratt, Leanne

29 Sep 2011

Not worth the stop over. The location is very isolated and the food was average, in hindsight we would not have stayed here but kept going to Damaraland

Carr, Norman

22 Oct 2011

An oasis on the Skeleton Coast. Very helpful staff with a high standard of service, excellent food, rooms very comfortable. Cannot fault this place in any way.

Baker, Brian

25 Oct 2015

The lodge is in a great position alongside the Cape Cross seal colony. Our room had amazing views of the Atlantic ocean. The staff were very friendly and efficient.

Jones, Bruce

3 Jul 2014

All fine except the food. The dinner was well below standard and the breakfast just OK. Otherwise a nice hotel to stop over while travelling from Torra Bay to Swakopmund.

Henderson, Jack

28 Sep 2017

Good hotel and served its purpose well. We wouldn't recommend spending more than one night here, just using it as a stopping point or accommodation while viewing the seals.

Martin, Julie

23 Dec 2012

This lodge is like a little oasis in the middle of the desert! We had a lovely big room, with an ocean-front view - it was like a little sanctuary after the chaos that was the seal colony!

Cenci, Cristina

15 Sep 2009

We spent three nights and it was too much. One nignt is enough. The rooms are nice but there are a lot of construction works nearby and it is not very nice. The restaurant was not very good.

Mitchener, Nick

9 Sep 2009

A very welcome stop after a long drive through desert, I don't think we would have wanted more than one night simply because of where it is but it is a stunning location and the sea views are great.

Spark, Steve

9 Mar 2017

Great accommodation and the most wondrful manager who welcomed us when we arrived. Some of the best service we came across. Max: The drive there from Terrace Bay was an experience. Fording the Ugab was a highlight.

Martin, Barbara

5 Jan 2016

Fabulous. Staff really wonderful, nothing too much trouble. Room really lovely with view of the sea and private verandah. Food first class , they must have an excellent chef. Helpful, friendly. We loved our two night stay there.

Elliot, James

16 Jul 2014

Enjoyed photographing the sunset over the sea from my balcony using the Chinese visitors on the shore line as `props`. Enjoyed talking with them after dinner about photography and China, many parts of which I know having lived in Hong Kong.


6 Jan 2015

Room 14, the first floor semi-suite, is definitely a great room. Huge, with high loft ceilings. Superb fittings...Eric wanted to bring the big floor lamp home with him. Lovley sea-view location. The mists can make it a bit chilly so take a sweater, even in summer, just in case.


Cape Cross Lodge is situated on the C34 road 60km north of Henties Bay and 110km north of Swakopmund

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