Cape Cross has both historic and biological significance and it’s a popular tourist attraction. 

The Portuguese navigator Diego Cão landed here in 1486 on his second expedition south of the equator and planted a stone cross, padrão in portuguese, to mark his journey.

The Cape Cross Seal Reserve is a sanctuary to protect the world’s largest breeding colony of Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pusillus), with up to 210 000 fur seals present during the breeding season, between November and December.

This is one of Namibia’s most visited parks.

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