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Dec 2, 2008 - A Cape With A Cross, A Colony of Seals and A Place Called Swakopmund

We headed towards Namibia’s western coast, the Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast is an empty, desolate place. It is a place of extremes. A strong current brings freezing water straight up from Antarctica. On land, the sun, sand and seemingly endless desert is almost equally unwelcoming. The Portuguese sailors who first discovered the area called the land The Sands of Hell. The difference between burning and freezing to death might be 20 feet. It’s called the Skeleton Coast because if your ship wrecked somewhere along this area, you were...

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Nov 30, 2006 - Spitzkoppe

I travelled along the Skeleton Coast today, so named for the many shipwrecks that happened along that treacherous stretch of sea in times gone by. We stopped off at the Cape Cross Seal Colony which is the home of up to 20,000 seals. I have never seen so many animals of any type in such a small area! Its the breeding seson so there were hundreds of little seal pups, many dead from jackal attacks or clumsy big seals sitting on them. The stench for hundreds of metres around is something that has to be expereinced to be believed it is just so...

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Jade's Big Trip 2006

Nov 20, 2006 - The Arctic Tundra (Skeleton Coast, Namibia)

At the barren, inhospitable Atlantic coast we visited the seal colony at Cape Cross. As the Portuguese explorer Bartholemeu Diaz discovered five hundred years ago, the cape is a breeding ground for Cape Fur Seals; now with about 200,000 of them. Hyena and jackal wait on the edges of the colony for opportunities to steal pups while their mothers are at sea. We happened to arrive during the birthing season so needless to say...there was a certain stench weighing heavy in the air.

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Mar 30, 2006 - Wildlife Galore

28 March - Cheetah Park We visited a place called Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm which now takes in cheetahs to look after them, rather than local farmers shooting them if they chase/kill their animals. 3 of the cheetahs are 'tame' and you can stroke them (a bit like the lions in antelope park) but they also have loads of wild ones which they hold captive in very large fenced enclosures. They feed them regularly with any dead cattle etc that is donated from local farms and we went along with them to watch feeding time. We all piled into the...

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Feb 8, 2006 - Cape Cross

Heading up the skeleton coast via the cape cross seal colony.. Never seen so many seals so close, or smelt some thing so horrid... Skeleton coast road was hot hot hot and dusty but great to see miles and miles of empty space and the odd oil rig or ship wreck in the middle of the desert!!! Although we only saw one ship wreck and that was off in the distance! Headed in land to Palmwag a great little oasis with pool and beer, much needed after 8 hours stuck in the dreaded van... Palmwag is in damaraland tomorrow we head in to etosha national...

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Jun 9, 2005 - What A Stink.......

Cape Cross,home to a large colony of stinking Cape Fur Seals.It was a struggle to hold the vomit down with the stench that came from these critters.Couple with the noise the seals made I have to say it was an assault on the senses. Cape Cross itself is a somewhat interesting historical site.During the 15th century,when the Portuguese were trying to find the passage through to the India and the East,the explorers used large crosses to mark which was basically claimed territory for the Portuguese.There was a number of these croses alomg the...

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