Day 287 (18th June) – Cape Cross Seal Colony & Spitzkoppe

27 06 2011

After two nights in a bed we were back to the tent again. On our way to Spitzkoppe we stopped briefly at Cape Cross where in 1486 the Portuguese mariner Diego Cao first set foot on the coast of South West Africa. Cape Cross is also home to some 80,000 seals, the largest seal colony across this stretch of coast-line. It was an impressive sight, if not just for the number of seals but also for the immense noise and horrific smell. It’s hard to convey how bad 80,000 fish eating seals smell, so I’ll just say real bad!

Leaving the seals we turned inland and travelled into the beautiful Damaraland region to Spitzkoppe, where we set up camp surrounded by many peculiar rock formations. After climbing up some of the rocks we witnessed yet another beautiful sunset. It’s funny how something that happens everyday around the world somehow becomes an event in Africa.

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