Lake Malawi National Park
Mana Pools National Park
Maloti Drakensberg Park
South Africa | Lesotho
Isle of Meroe
Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
The UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites in Africa are some of the most spectacular places on earth. The importance of preserving and promoting this cultural heritage escalates with each passing year. It is vital to raise awareness of this rich heritage while informing people of its value and gaining support for the conservation and development of these sites. We invite you to visit our website and learn more about the work of the African World Heritage Fund.
THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE INSCRIBES NEW SITES AND APPROVES THE EXTENSION OF AN EXISTING WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN AFRICA
The World Heritage Committee inscribed more sites to the World Heritage List: Mbanza Kongo in Angola, Asmara, a Modernist City of Africa in Eritrea and Khomani Cultural Landscape in South Africa. They also approved the extension of W. Arly Pendjari to already existing World Heritage Site, the W National Park of Niger inscribed in 1996 to the Heritage List. With these inscriptions, Angola and Eritrea made their first entries to the World Heritage List while South Africa increased their World Heritage Site standing to nine sites. The results above are significant and constitute a serious way forward for World Heritage implementation in the African region. These results were achieved through efforts by many stakeholders working closely with the African World Heritage Fund including the World Heritage Committee members (Angola, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe), the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies. AWHF commends the excellent spirit of fruitful partnerships and wishes to congratulate the States Parties of Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, and South Africa for their successful achievements.
ABOUT THE SITES
Mbanza Kongo is the vestiges of the capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo (Angola), and is located on a plateau at an altitude of 570 metres. It was the political and spiritual capital of the Kingdom of Kongo, one of the largest constituted states in Southern Africa from the 14th to 19thcenturies. Asmara is the capital of Eritrea located at over 2000 metres above sea level. After 1935, Asmara underwent a large scale programme of construction applying the Italian rationalist idiom of the time to governmental edifices, residential and commercial buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, cinemas, hotels, etc. ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is located at the border with Botswana and Namibia in the northern part of the country, coinciding with the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (KGNP). The large expanse of sand contains evidence of human occupation from the Stone Age to the present and is associated with the culture of the formally nomade ǂKhomani San people and the strategies that allowed them to adapt to harsh desert conditions. W Arly Pendjari Complex (Benin, Burkina Faso) is a natural trans-boundary property between Niger. It covers a major expanse of intact Sudano-Sahelian savannah, with vegetation types including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded savannah and extensive gallery forests. It includes the largest and most important continuum of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic ecosystems in the West African savannah belt.