Discover Africa's UNESCO-designated world heritage sites - some of the most spectacular places on Earth. This site aims to raise awareness of the 45 sites in Africa designated under the world heritage convention's natural criteria - iconic places such as Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls and Land of the Dogons, as well as less well-known sites such as the Djoudj wetlands, the deserts of Air Tenere, and the fabulous fossil sites of Lake Turkana.
This is a celebration of Africa - the cradle of mankind - a land of spectacular wildlife, rolling savannas, parched deserts, steamy rainforests and glacier-capped mountains. This vast continent - three times the size of the United States - is home to a greater variety of wildlife and landscapes than any other major region of the world, a natural heritage of astonishing wealth. Here you will find a unique window into this heritage, with descriptions of each of Africa's world heritage sites and collections of recent photographs to tell the story of each of these special places.
It is also a call to action, for whilst the world recognises the ‘outstanding universal value' of this global heritage, it has largely failed to support its conservation. Africa has more places on the official ‘List of World Heritage In Danger' than any other region of the world. The continent is plagued by poverty and under-development, by war, civil strife and corruption. But its people are fighting back - and in the world of conservation, individuals, communities and institutions are turning the tide and giving hope for Africa's unique natural heritage.
Start your journey of discovery here, choosing the places that interest you on the map - or simply follow the links on the left to each of the continent's natural world heritage sites.