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World Heritage Sites in Southern Africa

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to:


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World Heritage Sites in Botswana
Tsodilo Hills
"The Louvre of the desert", situated in the Kalahari.
Roughly around 4,500 rockpaintings in only 10 km²
Botswana country guide
The Ngamiland District, north-west Botswana
Okavango Delta
The "Jewel of the Kalahari" is large inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a tectonic trough in the central part of the endorheic basin of the Kalahari.
Okavango Delta info guide
Botswana country guide
The Ngamiland District, north-west Botswana
World Heritage Sites in Mozamqique
Island of Mozambique / Ilha de Mocambique
former Portuguese trading-post on the route to India.
Mozambique country guide (incl. tours & activities)
Ilha de Mocambique District, Nampula Province
World Heritage Sites in South Africa

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
"The Cradle of Humankind"
City guide Johannesburg (incl. tours & activities)
Gauteng, Limpopo and North-west provinces

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
Zululand info guide
KwaZulu-Natal
Robben Island
City guide Cape Town (incl. tours & activities)
Western Cape Province
uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
Drankensberg info guide
KwaZulu-Natal
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
once the largest kingdom in the sub-continent
abandonded in 14th century
Northern Province
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
City guide Cape Town
Western Cape Province, Eastern Cape Province; also click here
Vredefort Dome
part of a larger meteorite impact structure - an astrobleme
about 2 mio years old
Northwest and Free State provinces
The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
The 160,000 ha. Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Lanscape of dramatic mountainous desert in the north-west part of South Africa constitutes a cultural landscape communally owned and managed.
Northern Cape

‡Khomani Cultural Landscape
The landscape (959,100ha) is located in the Dawid Kruiper District Municipality in the Northern Cape. It covers the entire Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (KGNP) and forms part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which is bordered by Botswana and Namibia in the east and west respectively.
Northern Cape

World Heritage Sites in Zambia
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls info guide (incl. tours & activities)
Livingstone District of Southern Province of the Republic of Zambia
World Heritage Sites in Zimbabwe
Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas
right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi
high concentration of wild life
Urungwe District, Mashonaland North region
Great Zimbabwe National Monument
Great Zimbabwe info guide
Masvingo (Southern) Province
Khami Ruins National Monument
developed after the capital of Great Zimbabwe had been abandoned
major centre of trade for a long period of time
Western Region, Matabeleland
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls info guide (incl. tours & activities)
Hwange District of Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe
Matobo Hills
Matopos info guide
Matebeleland, South Province
World Heritage Sites in Namibia

Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes
Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes has one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs, i.e. rock carvings, in Africa.
Namibia country guide (incl. tours & activities)
Kunene Region

Namib Sand Sea
The Namib Sand Sea covers an area of about 34,000km² and lies within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, south of the Kuiseb River in central Namibia. It is one of the world's oldest and largest sand deserts and especially known for its vast panoramas of majestic dune-scapes.
Namibia country guide (incl. tours & activities)

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