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South Africa's World Heritage Sites

Given the spectacular and diverse culture, history, nature and wildlife that South Africa harbours, it is not surprising that seven of the globe's World Heritage Sites are found here.

What is a World Heritage Site?

There are two types of World Heritage Sites - cultural and natural - and it is not easy to get either status from the United Nations Environmental and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO).

The Cape Floral Region

A serial site - in Cape Province, South Africa - made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000-ha, the Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa but is home to nearly 20% of the continent's flora. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide.

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Our Customs and Cultures

Understanding our Cultures

South Africa has 11 languages and each one of them is attached to a culture, whether it is quite similar to the next one or not. Historically the white speaking South Africans have strictly clung to their ancestral cultures from Europe and America, but has since 1994 embraced the African culture with a view to understand it and to harmonise it with theirs.

The Sub-Saharan African cultures are in certain areas very different from the above-mentioned cultures and sometimes exactly the opposite.

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A look at our National Symbols

The South African flag, unfurled on 27 April 1994, replaced the old flag that represented the country from 31 May 1928.   Its colours are bold and vibrant.  The chilli red/orange, white and blue date back to the earliest times of the country’s flag history, while the green, black and gold are regarded as colours of Africa.  The unique central design of the flag, that begins as a “V” at the flag post and comes together in the centre, extending further as a single horizontal band to the outer edge of the fly, represents convergence of diverse elements in our society, which then take the road

The Vredefort Dome

Vredefort "Fort of Peace" is situated approximately 126km South of Johannesburg. This rural town is known throughout the world for geological formations called the Vredefort Structure.

The lunar landscape of this very important geological site was caused by a giant meteorite of approximately 10km in diameter, which hit the earth 2000 million years ago at the spot where the small rural town of Vredefort is situated today. Today the site is recognized worldwide as the largest and the oldest meteorite impact site on earth.

uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Covering an area of 240 000 hectares, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is dominated by sheer cliffs, deeply incised valleys and crystal clear rivers. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 for both its natural beauty and cultural importance.

The many rivers, wetlands, indigenous forests and the rolling grasslands are home to a diverse range of animals and plants, including many endemic and endangered species. The Cranes and the Blue Swallow are all critically endangered - fortunately viable populations do still exist in this area of South Africa.

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