You might hear them before you catch a glimpse - the bleats and barks of some 200,000 Cap fur seals in what is the largest breeding colony in the world, located close the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Henties Bay.
From November and December, massive bulls fight for beach territory and the right to mate. Females breed in synchrony, and spend their days fishing in the Benquela Current returning to the shore amongst thousands of pups.
The seal colony lies a few kilometres south of Cape Cross; you will need to take the coastal road C34 from Henties Bay to Cape Cross. It is not tarred and can be quite slippery in the sea fog. Careful, slow driving is required. Or, visitors can walk along the edge of the colony and learn about these interesting animals and the unique history of Cape Cross, incidentally the landing site of the first European explorers to visit Namibia.
The entrance fee is about 50 N$ per person.
How to get thereCape Cross Seal Reserve, Namibia