Camels crossing the desert near Africa's highest sand dunes at Temet, Air and Tenere Natural Reserves world heritage site, NigerElephants crossing the Zambezi river in Mana Pools National Park world heritage site, ZimbabweIce cliffs near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park world heritage site, TanzaniaBlack and white ruffed lemur, Rainforests of the Atsinanana world heritage site, Madagascar

African Natural World Heritage Sites

There are 45 world heritage sites in Africa, listed under the Convention's natural criteria.  Four of these are on the islands of Madagascar (2 sites) and the Seychelles (2 sites), with the rest spread across the continent from the Cape to Cairo.  They cover every bio-geographical region and are arranged here according to each site's main ecological characteristics - so your journey of exploration can take you across the golden sands of the Sahara the continent's highest peaks.....through the Great Rift Valley.....and into the Strange Worlds of the Cape Floral Region and Madagascar. Discover each biome and the special places which constitute our global heritage by following the links below the map.


Map of Africa and Madagascar showing the locations of the 38 natural world heritage sites featured in this website


Golden Sahara sands in the desert at Temet, Air and Tenere Natural Reserves world heritage site, Niger

Air Tenere (Niger)
Tassili N'Ajjer (Algeria)





Extraordinary sculpted sandstone at Wadi al Hitan, Whale Valley world heritage site - Egypt


Vredefort Dome (South Africa)
Victoria Falls (Zambia/ Zimbabwe)
Land of the Dogons (Mali)
Whale Valley (Egypt)




Rainforest lianes in the Okapi Faunal Reserve world heritage site - Congo

Salonga (DRCongo)
Dja (Cameroon)
Okapi (DRCongo)
Tai (Ivory Coast)
Lope (Gabon)




Lake Malawi National Park world heritage site

Bwindi (Uganda)
Virunga (DRCongo)
Kahuzi Biega (DRCongo)
Lake Malawi (Malawi)
Lake Turkana (Kenya)




    Summit of Mount Kenya National Park world heritage site

    Drakensberg (South Africa)
    Simien (Ethiopia)
    Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
    Mt Kenya (Kenya)
    Rwenzori (Uganda)
    Mt Nimba (Guinea)




      African savannas: wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park world heritage site, Tanzania

      Garamba (DRCongo)
      Serengeti (Tanzania)
      Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
      Manovo Gounda (CAR)




        Strange Worlds: limestone pinnacles of the stone forest at Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve world heritage site, Madagascar

        Cape Floral Region (South Africa)
        Madagascar wet forests
        Tsingy de Bemeraha (Madagascar)




          African wetlands:  Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary world heritage site in the Senegal river delta, Senegal, west Africa

          St Lucia (South Africa)
          Djoudj (Senegal)
          Banc D'Arguin (Mauritania)
          Lake Ichkeul (Tunisia)




            African woodlands:  solitary impala buck in acacia thickets in Selous Game Reserve world heritage site, Tanzania

            Mana Pools (Zimbabwe)
            Niokola Koba (Senegal)
            Parc W (Niger)
            Selous (Tanzania)
            Comoe (Ivory Coast)



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