In 1486 Portuguese explorer Diogo C o erected a stone cross on the Namibian coastline. While replicas of the padr o can still be seen at Cape Cross the area is now known mostly for its high numbers of Cape fur seals. The 60km Cape Cross Seal Reserve is located 130 km north of Swakopmund. The largest colony of Cape fur seals along the South African and Namibian coast is crowded with as many as 210 000 of these marine mammals during breeding season. The reserve also features a large variety of lichen and the offshore islands are home to coastal birds. The reserve is open daily from 08:00-17:00 from June to November and from 10:00-17:00 from July to November.