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UNESCO World Heritage Sites – gems of South Africa

UNESCO World Heritage Sites – gems of South Africa

When travelling to South Africa, keep the country’s eight amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in mind as options to include in your itinerary. Discover the rich diversity and bountiful heritage lying in the palms of South Africa.

Welcome the aroma of South Africa’s Cape Floral Region comprising Fynbos stretching from the country’s west to south-east coast. Learn more about South Africa’s modern day freedom struggle at Robben Island (Cape Town) or listen to the story of our evolving ancestors at the Fossil Homonid Site (Cradle of Humankind), found 50 km north-west of Johannesburg. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park with its diversity of interlinked ecosystems is situated about 300 km north of Durban and was granted World Heritage status in 1999. KwaZulu Natal’s uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park (part of the Maloti-Drakensberg Park which includes the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho) is home to protected plant and animal species as well as extraordinary San rock art. A meteorite collision formed the Vredefort Dome in the Free State more than two million years ago and the Limpopo Valley is host to Mapungubwe – an uncovered ancient city. The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape is an area of extraordinary biodiversity with extensive succulent flora.