The importance of World Heritage sites in Africa cannot be underestimated. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. A UNESCO World Heritage listing ensures that the natural heritage of these sites are protected from greedy governments and commercial exploitation in perpetuity, thus ensuring enjoyment of these sites for future generations of locals and tourists alike. By Tourism Tattler Editor, Des Langkilde.
Compared to the global number of World Heritage Sites (1007 total), Africa has 89 (9%) with 48 Cultural, 37 Natural and 4 Mixed properties. Europe and North America have the highest at 479 (48%), followed by Asia and the Pacific at 231 (23%), Latin America and the Caribbean have 131 (13%), and the Arab States have 77 (8%).
Each World Heritage Site below is hyper-linked to the UNESCO website for more information on the specific site.
This list can also be viewed on page 15 of the July 2014 Tourism Tattler magazine at: http://issuu.com/tourismtattler/docs/tourism-tattler-july-2014/0
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Royal Palaces of Abomey
Ruins of Loropéni
Lakes of Ounianga
Simien National Park
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
Fasil Ghebbi, Gondar Region
Lower Valley of the Awash
Lower Valley of the Omo
Harar Jugol, the Fortified Historic Town
Konso Cultural Landscape
Banc d’Arguin National Park
Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/750
Medina of Fez
Medina of Marrakesh
Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Historic City of Meknes
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Medina of Tétouan
Medina of Essaouira
Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida)
Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City
Island of Mozambique
Papua New Guinea
Kuk Early Agricultural Site
Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Maloti-Drakensberg Park *
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
Richtersveld Cultural & Botanical Landscape
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls *#
* Transboundary Property.
# Citeria numbering of this property has changed. See Decision 30.COM 8D.1