Introducing South Africa’s big 8 heritage sites
South Africa has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that we hold very dear. These are areas that have been given special international status to recognise their unique qualities. As we celebrate Heritage Day, we thought we would take you on a short tour of South Africa’s beloved heritage sites.
Cradle of Humankind
Travel back to where humans originated in the area close to Johannesburg that boasts the richest evidence of human evolution. Discover traces of some of the oldest hominids, the early ancestors of the human race and go on fascinating tours that will leave the entire family speechless with knowledge.
Cape Floral Region
We’ve arrived at the Western Cape’s fynbos, one of the richest and most diverse floral areas found around the world. Table Mountain National Park forms part of this wilderness area and boasts more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than in Britain or New Zealand! Around 70% of the floral species found here cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
If you love hiking and mountain climbing then this is a very special place to go. South Africa’s highest mountain range is habitat to a number of endangered plant and bird species and boasts a concentration of historic rock art paintings that are very dear to our heritage.
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Discover a highly advanced indigenous society that lived centuries before European colonialism hit Africa- the Iron Age. You’ll find many interesting artefacts here such as the famous golden rhinoceros.
Welcome to the world’s biggest meteor crater that’s around two million years old. If you are into the X-files or all things linked to the sky, you will find this site interesting. The gigantic meteorite that hit the earth was 10km in diameter and today this site is the oldest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world.
Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
Travel to a remarkable mountainous desert located in the north-west of the country that belongs to the Nama communities. This area is owned and managed by the Nama people and, if you don’t mind the heat, is a fantastic place to learn of an important part of our heritage.
Not only is this a heritage site, it forms an integral part of our history. This is where Nelson Mandela and other freedom fighters were imprisoned. You can go on a guided tour to the island in order to learn more of the prison’s history as well as that of our late president
iSimangaliso Weltand Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the largest estuary systems in Africa and it’s famous for its biodiversity and 520 plus bird species. Here you will come across beaches, coral reefs, sand dunes, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests, mangrove swamps and grasslands.
The holidays are around the corner so why not book a ticket with Citiliner and travel somewhere special, learn something new about our incredible heritage.