24 June 2013

South Africa: World Heritage Site uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park extended into Lesotho

The World Heritage Committee decided during its 37th Committee Session in Cambodia (17 - 27 June 2013) to inscribe the Sehlabathebe National Park in Lesotho as an extension to the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in South Africa. The World Heritage Site's new name is Maloti Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site.

Sehlabathebe National Park is covering 6,550 hectare and consists of a spectacularly beautiful watershed area that hosts flora and fauna of scientific importance, such as the Maloti Minnow, a critically endangered fish species only to be found in the Park, the Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and the Bearded Vulture (Gyps barbatus). The park's African Alpine tundra ecosystem with its 250 endemic plant species significantly enhances the value of uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. It also features important rock paintings made by the San people who have been living on the site for 4,000 years.

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