World Heritage Site is the title granted by Unesco to specific places of the planet for its exceptional cultural or natural importance that belongs to all humanity and must be conserved and preserved by the international community for future generations.
In spite of the lack of means, the African region (the Arab states are not included) counts on 48 cultural assets, 37 natural and 4 mixed world patrimonies. In addition, approximately 7% of its territory is protected in the form of national parks or nature conservation areas.
And is that the vast continent is very diverse and varied, it is possible to find: wildlife, fascinating beaches, ancient cities, tribes, … the options are many and varied, so we invite you to explore some of the natural heritage of the continent:
Chad – Unianga Lakes
The lakes of Unianga or Ounianga are a series of lakes in the Ennedi region, in north-eastern Chad, in the middle of the Sahara desert. The landscape is exceptional, the dark surfaces of the lakes contrast with the orange color of the dunes. There are 18 lakes divided into two groups: Unianga Kebir Group and Unianga Serir Group. Both cover an area of 62,808 hectares. It is impressive to see how this freshwater lacustrine complex that emanates from underground waters for thousands of years survives in such an arid area.
Senegal – Niokolo-Koba National Park
This area of about 900,000 hectares is located southeast of Senegal, in the Kolda region, in an area of abundant waters along the Gambia River. The Niokolo-Koba National Park is a reserve of fauna and flora in which endangered species live, it will be easy to see hippos, antelopes, monkeys, buffalos and many other species. It contains a wide variety of ecosystems such as gallery forests, savannas and rocky hills that create an impressive landscape, but the best are the sunsets, a thousand purple hues can be seen at the end of the day
Ethiopia – Simen National Park
Simen National Park is one of the national parks of Ethiopia. It is located in the west of the Simen Mountains, 120 km northeast of Gondar. It has an area of 16,500 hectares and occupies a rocky plateau with impressive slopes that lead to valleys full of vegetation and vast plains where extremely rare animal species live. The mountainous landscape is spectacular and allows hiking in a unique environment.