South Africa’s Unesco World Heritage Sites

The Game Pass Shelter in Kamberg Nature Reserve, just south of Giant’s Castle, has some of the best-preserved San Bushman rock paintings to be found in the Drakensberg range of mountains. (Photo: Qambathi Mountain Lodge)

Compiled by Mary Alexander

The oldest visible meteor crater on earth. The island prison that held Nelson Mandela. The remains of an ancient African city state. Evidence of the earliest humans, and the richest and most beautiful collection of cave paintings south of the Sahara. South Africa is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, has identified these eight sites to be of “outstanding value to humanity”.

Four of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites are classified as cultural, three as natural, and one as a mixed cultural and natural site.

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