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Kenya, Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 03:15:23

Location Kenya
Coordinates N0 26 33 E36 14 24
Property 32,034 ha
Date of Inscription 2011

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1060 )

The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley , a natural property of outstanding beauty, comprises three inter-linked relatively shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita) in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya and covers a total area of 32,034 hectares. The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. It is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. The property features sizeable mammal populations, including black rhino, Rothschild's giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dogs and is valuable for the study of ecological processes of major importance.

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Lake Bogoria, Great Rift Valley

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Kenya, Fort Jesus, Mombasa

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 03:07:42

Location Mombasa, Kenya
Coordinates S4 3 46 E39 40 46
Property 2.36 ha
Date of Inscription 2011

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1295 )

The Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa, is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction. The Fort's layout and form reflected the Renaissance ideal that perfect proportions and geometric harmony are to be found in the human body. The property covers an area of 2.36 hectares and includes the fort's moat and immediate surroundings.

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Fort Jesus Fort Jesus

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Kenya, Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 02:59:24

Location Coast Province, Kenya
Coordinates S3 55 55 E39 35 46
Property 1,538 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1231 )

The Mijikenda Kaya Forests consist of 11 separate forest sites spread over some 200 km along the coast containing the remains of numerous fortified villages, known as kayas, of the Mijikenda people. The kayas, created as of the 16th century but abandoned by the 1940s, are now regarded as the abodes of ancestors and are revered as sacred sites and, as such, are maintained as by councils of elders. The site is inscribed as bearing unique testimony to a cultural tradition and for its direct link to a living tradition.

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Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests

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Kenya, Lamu Old Town

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 02:51:46

Location Coast Province, Lamu District, Kenya
Coordinates S2 17 4 E40 51 9
Property 16 ha
Date of Inscription 2001

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1055 )

Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

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Lamu harbour

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Kenya, Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 02:44:32

Location Districts of Meru, Nyeri, Kirnyaga and Embu in Eastern and Central Provinces, Kenya
Coordinates N0 7 26 E37 20 12
Property 142,020 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/800 )

At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of activity (3.1–2.6 million years ago) it is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. The evolution and ecology of its afro-alpine flora also provide an outstanding example of ecological processes.

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Mackinder Valley, Mount Kenya National Park

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Kenya, Lake Turkana National Parks

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2012 at 02:33:55

Location Kenya
Coordinates N3 3 4.7 E36 30 13.2
Property 161,485 ha
Date of Inscription 1997

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/801 )

The most saline of Africa's large lakes, Turkana is an outstanding laboratory for the study of plant and animal communities. The three National Parks serve as a stopover for migrant waterfowl and are major breeding grounds for the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus and a variety of venomous snakes. The Koobi Fora deposits, rich in mammalian, molluscan and other fossil remains, have contributed more to the understanding of paleo-environments than any other site on the continent.

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Lake Turkana National Parks

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