Cape Cross seal colony on the drive from Swakopmund to Damaraland

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Driving north from Swakopmund along the coast road takes you to Cape Cross. We were now in the Dorob National Park which is the southern end of the Skeleton Coast. The Portuguese landed here in the 15th century, erected a cross, and left not to return for another 4 centuries. We landed here to see the seal colony. I say “see” but the first things we detected were the “smell” and the “noise”. The seal colony was full of noisy youngsters calling to their mums for food.

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This is the cross planted by the Portuguese.

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Driving inland, there were tables with roack salt for sale.

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