South African World
Heritage sites - A legacy from the past, what we do today and what we
will eventually pass on to future generations. A World Heritage
belong to all the people of the world. The
site must have
outstanding cultural and or natural universal value.
Cradle of Humankind
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Kromdraai, Swartkrans and
environment. Location: South Africa North West Province, Gauteng.
Darwin in his theory of evolution stated: "it is probable that our
early progenitors lived on the African continent". His prediction
was made at a time when no hominoid fossils had been discovered in
Africa. The theory was vindicated in 1924 when Raymond dart and his team
made a remarkable discovery at the Sterkfontein excavation site in the
Northern Province of Gauteng. They discovered Plesianthropus
transvaalensis, nicknamed “Mrs Ples” the skull, which provides the
most valuable clues to the origin of mankind. It was also found to be of
the same species as the Tuang child.
the Sterkfontein area contains a large and scientifically significant
group of sites that provide critical information on the earliest
ancestors of humankind, including information on the evolution of
man over the past 3.5 million years. More
Cultural Landscape. Location
South Africa Northern Province.
Mapungubwe remains are a remarkable testimony to the growth and eventual
decline of a civilization that thrived as a sophisticated trading center
from around 1200 to 1300 AD. Mapungubwe is situated in the Northern
Province on the border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana.
It is an open, expansive savannah landscape at the confluence of the
Limpopo and Shashe rivers. The people at that time traded gold and ivory
with China, India and Egypt. Mapungubwe developed into the largest
kingdom in the sub-continent before it was abandoned in the 14th
century. More info..
The Greater St Lucia
few thousand years ago Robben
Island used to be a mountain. People lived in and around this area for
thousands of years. What is now and island is actually a summit of an
ancient mountain that linked to the Blouberg area on the West coast of
Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg