Looking for an opportunity to see the famous Cape Fur seals? You’re in luck! Downhill Adventures offers Snorkeling with the Seals at Duiker Island in the Hout Bay area. Exciting Fact: Duiker Island is home to over 15 000 Cape Fur Seals.
The 3-hour trip consists of a leisurely boat ride and about an hour in the water. You don’t have to dive deep to see the seals. The snorkelling site is only 2 to 5 metres and offers a clear view to the bottom.
Cape Fur Seals are mostly active in the summertime.
Mating and breeding time is November/December of every year. This is when male seals set up “harems” or territories of females to mate with. Females mate immediately after giving birth.
Male Cape Fur Seals can weigh up to 360 kg! They often have to fight off competing males during mating season.
Cape Fur Seals are “endemic” to Namibia and South Africa. They belong to the eared seal family (Otariidae) and are a sub-species of the Afro-Australian Fur Seal. In South Africa the Cape Fur Seal is the only seal species that breeds here; however, other species such as Elephant Seals, Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals and Leopard Seals occasionally occur along our coastline.
Why book with us:
- Downhill Adventures was founded in 1995 and is the longest standing adventure company in Cape Town, with over 20 years of experience
- We have an impeccable safety record
- All our guides are registered and professionally trained
- We are conveniently located in Cape Town’s city centre