South Africa is home to eight of the world’s official heritage sites, as determined by Unesco’s World Heritage Committee. This includes four cultural, three natural and one mixed (cultural and natural) heritage sites.
Vredefort Dome, Free State
Some two billion years ago a meteorite hit Earth about 100 km southwest of Johannesburg, creating an enormous impact crater. This area, near the town of Vredefort in the Free State, is known as the Vredefort Dome. The crater, with a diameter of 190 km, is the largest, oldest and most deeply eroded astrobleme found on Earth.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal
iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park) features a variety of landforms, including coral reefs, long sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and reed and papyrus wetland caused by fluvial, marine and aeolian processes.