Cape Cross has both historical and biological significance with its rocky bay, sandy beaches and salt pan. Tourism enhancing viewing of the seals, includes information signs along the walkway, renovated picnic areas, five campsites with fireplaces, and timber-plastic windshields.
The Portuguese navigator, Diego Cão, landed here in 1486 on his second expedition south of the equator and planted a stone cross to mark his journey. A replica is visible, and the area has been listed as a National Heritage Site. The reserve is a sanctuary for the world’s largest breeding colony of 210,000 Cape fur seals, present during the breeding season from November to December.