South Africa - Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

This amazing tour explores all the Natural Wonders of South Africa. South Africa has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - truly a unique achievement. This tour allows you to sample each and every one - from the Cape Floral Kingdom, the unique wetlands of St. Lucia to the enormously important archaeological site of Mapungubwe.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour - Cape Floral Kingdom
UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour - Table Mountain
UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour - Table Mountain
UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour -  - Cape Floral Kingdom
UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour -  - St. Lucia Wetland
UNESCO World Heritage Sites South Africa Tour -  - St. Lucia Wetland
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Vacations in South Africa - World Heritage Site - Drakensberg
Vacations in South Africa - World Heritage Site - Sterkfontein Caves
Vacations in South Africa - World Heritage Site - Mapungubwe

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

South Africa has a total of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites:- 4 Cultural, 3 Natural and 1 Mixed.

For a fully detailed itinerary - please e-mail us. This of necessity a very brief description of the tour.
The boxes give a short description of the site and why it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

A visit to the very remote Richtersveld would need a 6 day safari before the main tour starts. Briefly the itinerary would be:
  • Day 1 - Arrive Johannesburg - overnight.
  • Day 2 - Early flight to Cape Town - drive to Springbok - meet "The Safari Guys" - overnight Springbok
  • Day 3, 4 & 5 - From Springbok into the Richtersveld Area - 3 nights camping safari.
  • Day 6 - Return to Springbok - drive to Cape Town - overnight Cape Town
  • Day 7 - as per Day 2 of main tour starting with Table Mountain
The 160,000 ha Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape of dramatic mountainous desert in north-western South Africa constitutes a cultural landscape communally owned and managed. This site sustains the semi-nomadic pastoral livelihood of the Nama people, reflecting seasonal patterns that may have persisted for as much as two millennia in southern Africa. It is the only area where the Nama still construct portable rush-mat houses (haru om) and includes seasonal migrations and grazing grounds, together with stock posts. The pastoralists collect medicinal and other plants and have a strong oral tradition associated with different places and attributes of the landscape.

World Heritage Sites Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Johannesburg International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight Johannesburg.
Day 2 Morning fly to Cape Town. Afternoon tour to Table Mountain. Overnight Cape Town.
Day 3 Tour of the Cape Peninsular including Cape Point. Overnight Cape Town.
A serial site – in the 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. Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science.
Day 4 Morning tour of Robben Island - afternoon tour to Stellenbosch and visit a wine farm for a tour and wine tasting. Overnight Cape Town
Robben Island was used at various times between the 17th and 20th centuries as a prison, a hospital for socially unacceptable groups and a military base. Its buildings, particularly those of the late 20th century such as the maximum security prison for political prisoners, witness the triumph of democracy and freedom over oppression and racism.
Day 5 Fly to Durban. Afternoon city tour. Overnight uMhlanga Rocks
Day 6 Depart uMhlanga and drive to the Umfolozi Game Reserve. Spend the day game viewing. Late afternoon continue on to St. Lucia. Overnight St. Lucia.
Day 7 Early morning Whale Watching Tour (in season). Return mid-morning. Afternoon Boat tour on the St. Lucia estuary. Overnight St. Lucia.
The ongoing fluvial, marine and aeolian processes in the iSimangaliso wetland area have produced a variety of landforms, including coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands. The interplay of the park's environmental heterogeneity with major floods and coastal storms and a transitional geographic location between subtropical and tropical Africa has resulted in exceptional species diversity and ongoing speciation. The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates breathtaking scenic vistas. The site contains critical habitats for a range of species from Africa's marine, wetland and savannah environments.
Day 8 Drive to Shakaland. Enjoy the show and lunch. Late afternoon continue to Underberg. Overnight.
Day 9 Full day tour up Sani Pass to Lesotho. Overnight Underberg.
Day 10 Drive to Giant's Castle Nature Reserve. Walk to view San Rock Art. Overnight Giant's Castle.
The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site. The site’s diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants. This spectacular natural site also contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. The rock paintings are outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings. They represent the spiritual life of the now extinct San people.
Day 11 Continue to Clarens via the The Golden Gate National Park. Overnight Clarens.
Day 12 Morning drive to Vredefort. Afternoon circular drive exploring the geological formations. Overnight Parys.
The Vredefort Dome, approximately 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme. Dating back 2,023 million years, it is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. With a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. It provides critical evidence of the Earth’s geological history and is crucial to understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite the importance of impact sites to the planet’s history, geological activity on the Earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most of them, and Vredefort is the only example to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.
Day 13 Drive to the Sterkfontein Caves. Enjoy the caves tour and visit the museum. Continue on to the Hartebeespoort Dam area. Overnight.
The Sterkfontein Caves and Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension to the site inscribed in 1999, is the place where in 1924 the celebrated Taung Skull – a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus – was found. Makapan Valley, also in the site, features in its many archaeological caves traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. The area contains essential elements that define the origin and evolution of humanity. Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly of Paranthropus, dating back between 4.5 million and 2.5 million years, as well as evidence of the domestication of fire 1.8 million to 1 million years ago.
Day 14 Drive to Mapungubwe. Arrive mid-afternoon. Overnight Mapungubwe.
Day 15 Day to explore Mapungubwe
Mapungubwe is set hard against the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is an open, expansive savannah landscape at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Mapungubwe developed into the largest kingdom in the sub-continent before it was abandoned in the 14th century. What survives are the almost untouched remains of the palace sites and also the entire settlement area dependent upon them, as well as two earlier capital sites, the whole presenting an unrivalled picture of the development of social and political structures over some 400 years.
Day 16 Return to Johannesburg for flight home

Should you wish to do a tour to the Richtersveld World Heritage Site - we will arrange it with:

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South Africa's Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour