The great pyramids at Giza, EgyptElephants crossing the Zambezi river in Mana Pools National Park world heritage site, ZimbabweThe great mosque in the Old Towns of Djenne world heritage site, MaliBlack and white ruffed lemur, Rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site, Madagascar

African Natural World Heritage Sites

Map showing the locations of all 41 UNESCO natural world heritage sites in Africa


There are 45 natural world heritage sites in Africa, including four on the islands of Madagascar (2 sites) and the Seychelles (2 sites), and five that are listed under the Convention’s cultural (as well as natural) criteria. They are spread across the continent from the Cape to Cairo and cover every bio-geographical region.  Discover each biome by exploring its world heritage sites through the links below…. from the golden sands of the Sahara desert……to the continent’s highest peaks…..through the Great Rift Valley…..and into the Strange Worlds of the Cape Floral Region and Madagascar.



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