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Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs
Gauteng, Limpopo and North-west provinces

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

The Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension, 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 humankind. Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly specimens 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. It is an extension to the site inscribed in 1999.

Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

 Greater St Lucia Wetland Park

The ongoing fluvial, marine and aeolian processes in the site 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.

Robben Island
Western Cape Province

Robben Island

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.

Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

Ukhahlamba / Drakensberg Park

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 San people who no longer live in this region.

Vredefort Dome
Northwest and Free State provinces

Vredefort Dome

Vredefort Dome, approximately 120km 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 found on earth so far. With a radius of 190km, 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 caused devastating global change, including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. It provides critical evidence of the earth’s geological history and is crucial to our understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite their importance to the planet’s history, geological activity on the earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most impact sites and Vredefort is the only example on earth to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
Western Cape Province, Eastern Cape Province

 Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

A serial site - in 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.

Addo Backpackers and Orange Elephant Restaurant Addo, Addo Valley Retreat B&B Addo, Hopefield Country House & Guest Farm Addo, Mount Roberts Guesthouse Addo, The AardVark Guest House & Backpackers Addo

Barberton Manor Guest House Barberton

6 St.John's Terrace Cape Town, Aardvark Backpackers Cape Town, Abalone Guesthouse Cape Town, Afrique du Sud Backpackers Cape Town, Ashanti Lodge Cape Town, Ashby Manor Guesthouse Cape Town, Backpackers on Castle Cape Town, Bantry Bay Guesthouse Cape Town, Big Blue Backpackers Cape Town, Blencathra Cape Town, Blue Mountain Backpackers Cape Town, Blue Oceans Back Packers Cape Town, Blue On Blue Bed & Breakfast Cape Town, Breakwater Lodge Cape Town, Cactusberry Lodge Cape Town, Cape Coast Views Cape Town, Cape Oasis Guesthouse Cape Town, Cape Town Backpackers Cape Town, Cape Town Deco Lodge Cape Town, Carnival Court Cape Town, Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge Cape Town, Chill and Surf Adventure Backpackers Cape Town, City Slickers Backpackers Cape Town, Daddy Long Legs Cape Town, Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel Cape Town, Dolphin Inn - Blouberg Cape Town, Elements Cape Town, Green Elephant Cape Town, House on the Hill Backpackers Cape Town, Inn Long Street Cape Town, Light House Lodge Cape Town, Long Street Backpackers Cape Town, Nelsons Guesthouse Cape Town, One World Lodge Cape Town, Penny Lane Lodge Cape Town, Prince Lodge Cape Town, Purple Turtle Cape Town, Realou Cape Town, Riverlodge Backpackers Cape Town, S.A's - The Alternative Place Cape Town, SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge Cape Town, Simon's Town Backpackers Cape Town, Spring Tide Inn Cape Town Sundown Manor Cape Town, The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre Cape Town, The Backpackers @147 on Main Cape Town, The Muse Guesthouse Cape Town, Tip Top Waterfront Lodge Cape Town, Villa Marta Cape Town, Villa Sunshine Cape Town, Westbeach Guest House Cape Town, Whale View Manor Guesthouse Cape Town, Zebra Crossing Cape Town

Cederberg Oasis Cederberg Concervancy

Inkosana Lodge Champagne Valley

Buccaneers Backpackers Cintsa Cintsa

Bomvu Backpackers Coffee Bay, Coffee Shack Coffee Bay

Toverberg Backpackers and Guest Houses Colesberg

Amphitheatre Backpackers Drakensberg, Antbear Guest House Drakensberg

Ansteys Beach Backpackers Durban, Banana Backpackers Durban, Bellevue House Durban, Duck Inn Bed and Breakfast Durban, Fawncastle Estate Durban, Gibela Backpackers Lodge Durban, Hippo Hide Lodge and Backpackers Durban, Home Backpackers Durban, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve Durban, Nunuburd Lodges Durban, Smiths Cottage Durban, Tekweni Backpackers Hostel Durban, The Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge Durban

Tokana Self Catering Durban North

Sugarshack Backpackers East London, The Stick Farm Spa East London

Woodall Country House & Spa Eastern Cape

Zululand Backpackers' Lodge Eshowe

Franschhoek Group Accommodation Franschhoek

Aire del Mar Guesthouse Gansbaai

Inyezane Gingingdlovu

Camdeboo Cottages Graaff-Reinet, Karoopark Guest House Graaff-Reinet

A Stones Throw Bed and Breakfast Grahamstown, Jenny's Bed and Breakfast Grahamstown, Lantern Hill Guesthouse Grahamstown, Old Gaol Backpackers Grahamstown

Graskop Valley View Hostel Graskop

Harkerville Forest Lodge Harkerville

Moonlight Backpackers Hartbeespoort

Big 5 Backpackers @ Kruger Park Hazyview, Gecko Bushpackers Hazyview, Kruger Park Backpackers Hazyview

Beaumonte Guesthouse Hermanus, Hermanus Backpackers Hermanus, Misty Beach Chateau Hermanus, Misty Waves Hotel Hermanus, Moby's Backpackers Hermanus, Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge Hermanus

Dinizulu Cottage Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe Backpackers Hluhluwe, Isinkwe Backpackers Lodge Hluhluwe

Motlouma Hoedspruit

A1 Kynaston B&B Jeffreys Bay, Island Vibe Backpackers Jeffreys Bay, Jeffreys Bay Backpackers Jeffreys Bay, Surfpackers@Supertubes Jeffreys Bay, Ubuntu Backpackers Jeffreys Bay

2B Happy Backpackers Lodge Johannesburg, Africa Centre Johannesburg, Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers Johannesburg, AH-HA Luxury B&B Johannesburg, Airport Accommodation Johannesburg, Airport Backpackers Johannesburg, Airport Inn Johannesburg, Bobs Bunkhouse Johannesburg, Brown Sugar Backpackers Johannesburg, De ou Waenhuis Johannesburg, Diamond Diggers Backpackers Johannesburg, Emerald Guesthouse Johannesburg, Execu Lodge Guest House Johannesburg, Gemini Backpackers Lodge Johannesburg, In Africa Lodge Johannesburg, Inchanga Ranch Resort Johannesburg, Lemurian Guest Lodge Johannesburg, Mufasa Backpackers Johannesburg, Purple Palms Travel Lodge Johannesburg, Shoestrings Airport Lodge Johannesburg, Sleek Backpackers Johannesburg, The Backpackers Ritz of Johannesburg Johannesburg

Waylands Country House Katberg

The Inn Kempton Park

Ashwill Backpackers Lodge Knysna, Buffalo Bay Backpackers Knysna, Peace of Eden Travellers Lodge Knysna

Elephant Walk Backpackers Kruger Park

Bulwer House Kwazulu Natal, Khumbulani Backpackers Lodge Kwazulu Natal

Mama Tau Private Game Lodge Lephalala

Leydsdorp Lodge Leydsdorp

Healing Holidays Ti-Pi Lodge Montagu

Hotel Portao Diaz Mossel Bay, Huijs te Marquette Mossel Bay, Mossel Bay Backpackers Mossel Bay, Park House Mossel Bay, Santos Express Train B&B Mossel Bay

The Kraal Backpackers Mpande

Green Castle Graskop Mpumalanga

Funky Monkeys Backpackers Nelspruit, Matopos Nelspruit, Old Vic Travellers Inn Nelspruit

Owlhouse Backpackers Nieu Bethesda

Backpackers Oasis Shanti Oudtshoorn, Karoo Soul Backpackers Oudtshoorn

Arimagham Guesthouse Phalaborwa

Prince Alfred Street Backpackers Pietermaritzburg, The Kyles Guest House Pietermaritzburg

Adventure Lodge Plettenberg Bay, Nothando Backpackers Plettenberg Bay, Southern Comfort Western Horse Ranch Plettenberg Bay

Ku-Boboyi River Lodge Port Edward, 17 on 5 th Avenue Guest House Port Elizabeth, 236 Cape Road Cottage Port Elizabeth, Alcyone Port Elizabeth, Aqua Marine Guest House Port Elizabeth, At Sta-Plus Port Elizabeth, Bedford House Port Elizabeth, Hunter's Lodge Port Elizabeth, Ikhayalam Lodge Port Elizabeth, Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel Port Elizabeth, Shadylane Guesthouse Port Elizabeth, Trekafrica Backpackers Port Elizabeth

The Island Backpackers Lodge Port St Johns

Lutea Guest House Potgietersrus Mokopane

1322 Backpackers International Pretoria, Bluechilli Backpackers Pretoria, Casa Toscana Lodge Pretoria, Colbyn Guest Lodge Pretoria, Kia-ora Backpackers Pretoria, North South Backpackers Pretoria, Pretoria Backpackers Pretoria, Twana Lodge Pretoria, Word of Mouth Backpackers Pretoria

De Bergkant Lodge and Cottages Prince Albert

Rock Inn Lodge Ramsgate

Robertson Backpackers Robertson

Sabie Backpackers Lodge Sabie

Saldanha Backpackers Saldanha Bay

Rocklands Seaside B&B Simonstown

Albourne Guest House Somerset West, Khasha Mongo Somerset West

Southbroom Backpackers Lodge Southbroom

Sandals Guest House St Francis Bay

St Lucia Bib`s International Backpackers St Lucia

Banghoek Place Stellenbosch, De Oude Meul Stellenbosch, Squirrel & Vine Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Traveller's Lodge Stellenbosch, Stumble Inn Backpackers Lodge Stellenbosch, The Stables Lodge Stellenbosch

The Didge Backpackers Storms River

Cape Agulhas Backpackers Struisbaai

Half Human Backapckers Tzaneen

Agulhas House Umkomaas

Uitspan Guest Farm Upington

Celtic Manor Western Cape

C Paradys Guesthouse Wilderness, Fairy Knowe Backpackers Wilderness

Palms Wilderness Guest House and Restaurant Wilderness


Where to stay in
South Africa



Cape Town

Cederberg Concervancy

Champagne Valley


Coffee Bay




Durban North

East London

Eastern Cape






Gordon's Bay












Jeffreys Bay



Kempton Park



Kruger Park

Kwa Zulu Natal

Kwazulu Natal



Marloth Park



Mossel Bay





Nieu Bethesda




Plettenberg Bay

Port Edward

Port Elizabeth

Port St Johns

Potgietersrus Mokopane


Prince Albert


Richard's Bay



Saldanha Bay


Somerset West


St Francis Bay

St Lucia


Storms River






Western Cape


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