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Kayaking with seals

Kayaking with seals

Overview: Kayaking with seals

Kayaking from Pelican Point on Walvis Bay Lagoon brings you into close contact with a colony of Cape fur seals, and there's also the chance of spotting dolphins and many species of sea-birds.

We currently use two companies for this trip; while the exact format of the day will vary slightly, both trips follow broadly the same outline.

You begin with an early start, meeting at a designated location in Walvis Bay (a 45-minute drive from Swakopmund) at around 7.30am. This is necessary to make the most of the normally calm morning weather conditions. As the day progresses and heats up, the swell usually builds, making conditions windier and more unstable.

From the meeting point, your guide will drive you 40km around the lagoon and along a narrow sandy spit to Pelican Point – taking around 45 minutes. During the drive, watch out for many species of birds, including flamingos and pelicans, and you may even see jackals. You will pass the Walvis Bay salt works, which whilst undeniably industrial are also home to a surprising proliferation of avifauna. The works are interesting in their own right, too, and your guide will explain how the salt is produced. Finally you’ll pass a shipwreck and Pelican Point lighthouse (now converted into Pelican Point Lodge), before reaching the seal colony itself.

Once you’re kitted out (see below), and before you climb into the single or double kayaks, your guide will explain the basics. You don’t need any previous kayaking experience. You’ll then spend two hours or so on the water interacting with the seals. The colony is home to up to 50,000 Cape fur seals, also known as brown or African fur seals. The younger seals are particularly curious and often playful, resulting in a truly memorable experiance. Whilst on the water you may also be lucky enough to see dolphins (Heaviside’s and bottlenose are the most commonly seen species).

Once you’re finished on the water you head back to dry land, where your guide will provide you with tea, coffee, soft drinks and sandwiches so you can refuel before heading back to Walvis Bay.

What to take

Once at the seal colony, you’ll be furnished with warm jackets, waterproof trousers, neoprene shoes, lifejackets, dry bags for cameras and bottled water. You don’t need to bring along special clothes for the kayaking but layers are a good idea. By all means take a good camera for the drive, but while kayaking you’d be better off leaving it behind. Your guide will take photos and videos of you and will email them to you after the trip – for no additional cost.

Guide: One of the guides we know and use regularly is Jeanne Meintjes. A highly experienced guide, who used to run trips to Sandwich Harbour, Jeanne pioneered these kayaking tours and has been running them since 1997.

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Both companies meet in Walvis Bay at around 7.30am, though the location and time may vary slightly.
End location
The tour ends back in Walvis Bay at around 12.30pm.
Meals included
Tea, coffee, soft drinks and sandwiches are included
Duration
Morning incl. tea, coffee & sandwiches
Maximum group size
There will be a maximum of 12 people in one group.

Kayaking with seals: picture gallery

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...seals and pups form a colony up to...
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...50,000 strong.
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...the birding hotspot of Walvis Bay Lagoon...
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...and Pelican point Lodge...
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...you may even spot some Jackals long the way.
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Your guide will provide waterproofs, but we recommend you bring warm layers as well.

Kayaking amongst and playing with seals is a magical experience.

On during your 2 hours or so on the water you get to interact with and photograph...

...seals and pups form a colony up to...

...50,000 strong.

En-route to the seals you will pass by...

...the birding hotspot of Walvis Bay Lagoon...

...a shipwreck...

...and Pelican point Lodge...

...you may even spot some Jackals long the way.

Your guide will provide waterproofs, but we recommend you bring warm layers as well.

Reviews of Kayaking with seals

XX independent comments from our travellers who have done this trip and kindly agreed to share their thoughts.


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Mrs PfromLondon

9 Aug 2019

"Kayaking with seals review"

"Well organised, great fun …" Read Mrs P’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs & Mr DBfromBC Canada

19 Oct 2019

"Not much kayaking"

Overall rating: Average

Mr K.fromEgham

29 Oct 2019

"A memorable morning!"

"unforgettable, great guides. Don't miss this trip. …" Read Mr K.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr LeenPfromLewes

19 Oct 2019

"Great excursion"

"Kayaking with hundreds of seals was great. …" Read Mr LeenP’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Eve& ReubenfromBozeman

28 Aug 2019

"Kayaking with seals review"

"being with the juvenile sea lions was a real treat, terrific guide. …" Read Eve& Reuben’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr D.fromSouthampton

27 May 2019

"Kayaking with seals review"

"Well organised. Plenty of time for the activity. …" Read Mr D.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs L.fromLeatherhead

19 Aug 2019

"Kayaking with seals review"

"Very professional company running the trip, friendly and informative. …" Read Mrs L.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr L & FamilyfromDenmark

31 Jul 2019

"Drifting around with seals"

"... you are drifting around with seals in a kayak just off the beach. …" Read Dr L & Family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms MfromColorado

7 Aug 2019

"Kayaking with seals review"

Overall rating: Excellent

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