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About Seal Island, Cape Town

Seal Island is a small land mass located 5.7 kilometres (3.5 miles) off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town, in South Africa. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape fur seals that occupy it. It is 5 acres (2.0 hectares) in area and home to 64,000 cape fur seals. It is home to seabirds too and it is likely that non-marine species (in no great number) fly there to breed as well (see external link to the Avian Demographic Unit at the University of Cape Town). The island is an outcrop of the Cape granite and rises no more than about four to six metres above the high tide mark. The island is long and narrow- 800 metres by 50 metres. There is no vegetation or soil of any significance and no beach. A radar mast was built on the island during World War II by a crew who lived in prefabricated huts for the duration of the construction but this tower gradually succumbed to corrosion and was blown over in a winter storm in 1970. All that remains of it is rusty, twisted metal. There are the ruins of a few huts and other structures from the sealing and guano-collection era (first half of the 20th century). Some rock inscriptions made by sealers in the 1930s are still evident.


Overview of Seal Island

Check out detailed information of Seal Island which resides in the Cape Town. Missed by most of the visitors, Seal Island is unique in its own way.

Attractions like Table Mountain Cableway, Table Mountain, Victoria And Alfred Waterfront, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Robben Island are the usual crowd pullers of Cape Town and you might easily miss out Seal Island amidst these top things to do.

Cape Town is replete with experiences which can be enjoyed with any of the Cape Town tours!

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You can enjoy a comfortable stay in the city by booking the best hotels in Cape Town like Oxford House, Hotel On St Georges and Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre.

If you want to add the visit to Seal Island in your trip, you can choose from the variety of Cape Town vacation packages that can be designed to suit your preferences. These packages also cover your major concern of how to reach Cape Town.

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3-Day Private Cape Town Super Saver:  Peninsula and City Tour including Cape Winelands
View Deal 3-Day Private Cape Town Super Saver: Peninsula an... New on TripHobo Duration: 3 days From USD 152.62/person

Save 15% when booking this 3-Day Cape Town Super Saver deal that combines three top-selling full-day private tours as a package. Discover the wonders of the Cape Peninsula, Cape's city center and best wines of Constantia Valley and Cape Winelands.

Private Wine Lover Tour of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek Winelands from Cape Town
View Deal Private Wine Lover Tour of Stellenbosch and Fransc... New on TripHobo Duration: 8 hours From USD 64.65/person

This private tour of the Cape Winelands will entice you to become the region's biggest fan. Your private guide will introduce you to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch’s top viticulture spots, where you will visit four acclaimed estates to sample their finest wines. Each estate provides an exquisite backdrop of manicured vineyards cradled by soaring mountain ranges. The wine tastings are included in the tour price, and will be provided by some of the legendary wine farms in the South African Winelands, including Kanonkop Wine, Eikehof, Haute Cabrière and Rust en Vrede wine estates.

Hotel pick up and drop-off, as well as transportation, is included. All meals and additional drinks are excluded will be at the customer's own expense. Maximum group size of 13 adults for this tour.

10-Day Cape Town and Guided Garden Route Tour
View Deal 10-Day Cape Town and Guided Garden Route Tour New on TripHobo Duration: 10 days From USD 806.79/person

The iconic sights of Cape Town and the wondrous Garden Route unfold before you on this 10-Day Tour Package. Spend five days exploring the euro-chic city and its famed surrounds. Guided day trips along the Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands gives you the opportunity to visit several local hotspots and sample award-winning wines with unique pairings.  During your Cape Town stay you can explore the city on your own with an included hop-on-hop-off City Sightseeing bus pass; that stops at popular attractions like Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens, V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Constantia.
The guided five-day Garden Route tour sees you immersed in the breath-taking wilderness. Visit three national parks, Addo safari drive; 4x4 game drive; Cango Caves, optional bungy from the world’s highest commercial bridge jump; Knysna heads, optional surfing in J'bay and wine tasting along Route 62 - the world’s longest wine route, are just some of the key activities you’ll experience.

Aquila Game Reserve Wildlife Safari from Cape Town
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Visit the incredible Aquila Game Reserve -- the closest game reserve to Cape Town – on this full-day safari tour! With hotel pickup from your central Cape Town hotel included, this day trip provides a worry-free experience so all you have to do is get excited for your exploration of the private, malaria-free reserve. Take an unforgettable game drive through the park, watching out for famous Big Five animals, as well as endangered species like the ‘Aquila’ Black Eagle.

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  • From Fish Hoek, we returned again to Hout Bay for a seal stop and queued up with the rest of the tourists for the rough-tough, rocky and water splashing ferry ride to Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, to see the large colony of thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Copious of father, mother and children seals were just there right in front of us on the rocks and they were least interrupted with our over excitement including taking as many pictures while trying to keep our balance as the ferry rocked in the waving sea water.

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  • I love seal island, Nice family day out! Its great catching a boat out to see the seals and tge coming back having luch and walking around the local market.

  • One of the best place I visited in South Africa

  • So many seals. So many gigantic sharks. So many

  • Cool to see once but not a place to go to over and over again

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