Cape Cross LodgeNamibiaNorthwest & EtoshaCape Cross C34, D2301
Cape Cross Lodge
Literally metres from the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cross Lodge presents a unique and serene stop for travellers along this vast untamed and seldom explored wilderness on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. It is the ideal stop over on your journey from Swakopmund to Terrace Bay, Opuwo, Palmwag and the Kunene Region.
The curious mix of Cape Dutch and West Coast fishing village architecture, nestles colossal windows which embrace the natural light and reveal endless vistas. Around this idyllic oasis lies infinite ocean and desert, littered with the eerie remains of man’s past endeavours. Nearby, rocky outcrops provide a perfect playground for a large colony of Cape Fur Seals.
The Lodge offers 18 sea view standard suites and two sea view semi-suites. No matter the time of day or night, the large sea-facing windows frame breathtaking panoramas that can be enjoyed from every room. All bathrooms are en-suite and while the first floor balconies offer a private space for one to enjoy the scenery, the ground floor balconies also provide direct access to the sandy beach. Four of the bedrooms have been linked with a door to create a family suite when needed. We also offer six rooms with wheelchair accessibility.
Our self-catering unit can accommodate 4 guests. This seaside cottage has an indoor braai/barbecue, open-plan kitchen with an under-counter fridge, a small living/dining area and an en-suite bathroom.
Each of the 21 campsites is equipped with its own light, with a switch and a double 220v plug as well as its own trip switch. A wash basin with cold running water and a work surface serve as an alfresco kitchen are also available. Each site has its own braai area.
There is a central ablution facility with showers, hot and cold running water, hand basins and mirrors. Campers are welcome to use the facilities at the lodge which include a bar and an à-la-Carte restaurant as well as our in-house museum.
The Cape Cross Lodge sells ice, wood, fire lighter, freshly baked bread and other basic food items. Please enquire at reception. A limited quantity of fuel and diesel is kept on the premises for the campers convenience. Freezing and fish cleaning facilities are also available. Lock-up facilities are available in the lodge for all safe-keeping of documents, cash and other valuables.
A collection of water-colour paintings created by local Namibian artists, portray the beauty of the surrounding landscapes and the wildlife that reside there. The artworks are displayed within the dining area and all items are for sale.
In 1486, the early Portuguese explorer, Diogo Cao, erected a padrao or cross on a small rocky outcrop along the desolate and unforgiving shores that hug the Skeleton Coast. Battered by sudden squalls and fierce windstorms, blasted by the shifting desert sands and baked under a relentless sun, the cross remained undisturbed by Europeans for four centuries. Cape Cross has witnessed many a shipwreck and maritime disaster and is home to a replica padrao that stands on a terraced platform within the seal reserve.
The museum, within the lodge, houses many remnants of past settlers who relentlessly withstood the harsh desert elements to mine rich deposits of fossil guano and to harvest seal skins. The first railway line in Namibia was established at Cape Cross and visitors to the museum can delve in its historical value. Souvenirs, postcards, small mementos and the history of Cape Cross in book form can all be purchased in the museum.
Cape Cross Seal Reserve
The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a protected area managed by the Namibian government. It is home to one of the largest Cape Fur Seal colonies in the world with numbers reaching up to 100 000 animals. It derives its name from the padrão (stone cross) that was initially erected by Diogo Cão in 1486.
- NamibiaNorthwest & EtoshaCape Cross
- C34, D2301
- +264 64 694 012