Cape Cross Lodge

Reviews of Cape Cross Lodge

Good(85%) From 34 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 34 of our travellers who have visited Cape Cross Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs T - Hampshire
Arrived on: 12-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cape Cross Lodge

Went to photograph the conflict between seals and jackals but no jackals at the colony although saw one at the lodge water point.

Staff friendly and helpful,one excellent evening meal

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 29-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Mysterious Cape Cross

Disabled persons review: All areas of this lodge were easily accessible.

After walk along the beach, which was completely deserted, I turned round to look at the lodge through the coming mist, making it look very eerie (but in a good way!)

Lovely to wake to the noise of the crashing waves.

The seal sanctuary is worth a visit but take a peg for your nose.

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Mr & Mrs D - Chester
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Cape Cross Lodge review

The staff were attentive and the food was good, we were able to walk to the seal colony.

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Mr & Mrs J from Coventry
Arrived on: 17-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Dramatic location

Our hosts in Swakopmund advised us to delay our departure for Cape Cross until the afternoon since the wind had shifted to the east and there was a risk of sandstorms early in the day. But we made good time driving north on the salt road and arrived in time to visit the fur seal colony, have a pleasant walk along the deserted endless beach, and return to the lodge to watch the sun setting over the ocean.

Our ground floor room was big, with doors opening on to a small patio and the beach.The bathroom with shower was small but functional. With no heating in the room we expected it to be cold during the night, so left all the lights on while we went for dinner, which certainly took the chill off. With only four other guests staying overnight the large dining room was not exactly cosy, but the meal and smiling service made up for that. A set menu starter of beef carpaccio was followed by tasty butternut squash soup, a choice of sole on the bone or oryx steak, and pumpkin pie to finish. The oryx steak was tender enough to be cut with the fish knife used for the sole and the whole meal was probably the best of the holiday.

Staff were friendly and helpful, even allowing use of the PC at reception to access the internet.

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Mr W & Mrs L - Belgium
Arrived on: 26-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Good
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Great view&location

Beautiful located and super view of the ocean from your room
Visit to the cape cross seal reserve is amazing
Very friendly staff!!

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Mr B & Mrs C - Southampton
Arrived on: 4-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
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Disappointed at Cape Cross Lodge.

I think we probably did not get the best out of this hotel because only two couples were booked overnight. The weather was cold and windy so we didn't even bother to visit the nearby seal colony, which was the whole point of coming here!

Our room was comfortable and spacious but being painted pale blue it made you feel as cold as the weather outside. There was no heating in the room but warm quilts were provided on the comfortable beds. There were good en suite facilities. We had a great view looking out over the beach and in better weather we could have enjoyed a pleasant walk along the sand.

We were staying on HB basis so the evening meal was included, although not in its entirety as it turned out. Apparently, we could choose anything from the four-course menu as long as the cost did not exceed N$220! Our server didn't explain beforehand but normally guests are presented with a set menu, the cost of which is incorporated into the room rate. However, as there were only four guests for dinner, we were being given a choice from the normal restaurant menu. Our original choice broke the budget so we had to do without the second starter!

The meal itself was pretty good, rump steak and pork chops being well cooked but we found the chips and baked potato very salty and there was very little vegetable to accompany the meat. The dessert was a very good banana cake with custard but it is not often that I finish a meal feeling hungry so overall, I would say value for money was poor.

In the morning one of the staff was washing our car, which was filthy from the drive up the coast from Swakopmund and this was very much appreciated. Breakfast was a reasonably good help-yourself buffet and hot food was cooked to order. However, the coffee served to us was awful and could have been left over from the night before.

This review should not put anyone off from coming here. This is a modern, spacious and comfortable hotel in an extremely remote location and it must have been awkward catering for so few people. I'm sure that at busier times things would have been different. It is ideally located to break the long journey up the Skeleton Coast (and it really is long).

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Mr & Mrs K - Wisconsin
Arrived on: 22-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Cape Cross Lodge review

Our stay in Cape Cross was not everything we wanted it to be. we found the staff to be quite indifferent. It was terribly cold while we were there. The room had no heat or space heaters and no hot water bottles were made available. Our room was not as nice as rooms in their photos.

The dinner we were served was just excellent, one of the best meals we were served in Namibia.

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Ms R & Mr S - Chevy Chase
Arrived on: 18-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Cape Cross Lodge review

The location was fantastic and worth the stay.

The room had a great view of the ocean and location was perfect for walking on the beach and visiting the seal colony, which was marvelous. The room itself was somewhat small and not as nice as other rooms we had on the trip.

The wine was not very good and the food was OK, but not great.

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Mr & Mrs LN - London
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Cape Cross Lodge review

A real surprise! The room was clean and comfortable and looked straight out into the ocean where some seals were playing in the surf.

We went for a walk along the ridge, returned along the beach and watched a lovely sunset before having a nice drink and dinner.

The seal colony was short drive away although the visiting hours are limited there so don't expect to go early in the morning.

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Mr & Mrs P - Beckenham
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
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Service:
Average
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Food:
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really desolate location

Staff friendly and helpful.
We visited early September and there were very few guests, it was a bit eerie.
It was a useful base to get a short experience of the desolate coast.

It is worth spending some time walking north along the deserted coast and observing the specialised flora, and seeing some of the skeletal remains of seals etc and just listening to the wind and the waves-wrap up well, its verycold, particularly as you will have just come away from the hot hinterland!l

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