Twelve fossil sites in the cradle of humankind have been declared national heritage sites. The cradle of humankind world heritage site at sterkfontein in northwest gauteng has produced more fossils of our ancestors and their early relatives the hominids than any other site in the world.
The country has a total of 4 cultural 3 natural and one mixed cultural and natural heritage sites.
Heritage sites in gauteng. The newest heritage resource in south africa this is one of the finest learning centres and home to khoi san. This is a list of national and provincial heritage sites in south africa as declared by the south african heritage resource agency sahra and the nine provincial heritage resources authorities. The tree was their home away from home and it offered shade in summer a place.
While this is a disproportionate number of sites concentrated in the countrys smallest province it should be kept in mind. Gauteng the cradle of humankind covering the region of sterkfontein. Read more sakhumzi restaurant.
September is tourism month in south africa and this years theme is a million new opportunities await. September is also heritage month in south africa providing the opportunity to explore gautengs heritage sites. In future we also hope to report on the situation in respect of provincial grade ii heritage sites.
Gauteng and the western cape account for over 60 of sites gauteng accounts for over 40 of sites. Stay in braamfontein explore your origins at the origins centre at wits. The list is maintained by sahra by means of an online publicly accessible database the south african heritage resources information system sahris that also serves as an integrated national.
Cradle of humankind world heritage site gauteng the cradle of humankind a world heritage site is located remarkably less than an hour from both johannesburg and pretoria and yet feels eons away from the big city. Cultural sites wheelchair friendly visit the origins centre. Weve found 50 places for you.
It is the most visited heritage site of its kind in gauteng and. World heritage sites in south africa. Soweto sakhumzis began with a group of friends beers and one very special tree.
Steynshoop is a luxury self catering lodge beautifully situated on an elevated site in the scenic magaliesberg valley near hekpoort with superb views of the magnificent mountain range and of the valleythis unique lodge just an hours drive from johannesburg and pretoria falls within a world heritage site and comprises nine luxury en suite. South africa is home to eight of the worlds official heritage sites as determined by unescos world heritage committee. Heritage sites in gauteng.
Some of these have evidence of early fossil hominids including australopithecines paranthropines and early homo dating back to at least the last three million year krugersdorp national heritage site. Townships battlefields and gravesites scattered throughout the province bear witness to the challenges faced by the the people of gauteng.