Explore kenya – a world’s heritage sites

The Kenyan land has several pristine lands some of which have been declared World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. In Kenya, they are either cultural sites or natural sites. Among the natural World heritage sites in Kenya include Fort Jesus, Lamu Old town, and Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests. Among the cultural Heritage sites are Kenya Lake Systems in The Rift Valley, Lake Turkana National Parks, and Mount Kenya National parks and forests. Kenya Budget Travel  for local and foreign tourists who visit Kenya for safari.

The Fort Jesus is located in Mombasa, in Kenya’s coast. The fort was built by the Portuguese between 1593 and 1596. It was purposely built to protect the Port of Mombasa. It is a16th century Portuguese military port that still stands today as a historical landmark. Fort Jesus covers an area of 2.36 hectares and when viewed from the air, it has the shape of a man. Currently, it houses a museum.

Lamu is also in the Kenyan coast and is a town that is full of historical and cultural riches. The Lamu Old town is the best culturally preserved and oldest swahli town in the whole of east Africa. Lamu town is built on a coral stone, and has simple structural forms. The architectural structures carry a lot of Arab influence and are closely situated next to each other, making the streets very narrow. Vehicles are not allowed in the town and the main means of transport is riding on donkey backs. By sea, the town is accessible via dhows. There has been evidence showing that there is some Chinese ancestry in Lamu, stretching back to 1415 when Zheng He’s fleet of ships sank near the island, resulting in the interaction of the locals and the survivors.

The Mijikenda Kaya forest covers an area of 200 square km along the Kenyan coast, and contains a number of ‘kayas’, which are Mijikenda villages. They were created in the 16th century but were abandoned in the 1940s. They are maintained by a council of elders and are regarded as sacred sites as they are dwelling places for the ancestors.

The Kenyan lake system in the Great Rift Valley captures three interrelated lakes, that is, the Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Lake Elementaita. They capture natural beauty comprising geological and biological processes which include hot springs, geysers, falls, open grasslands, forests, bird and animal population. It is home to one of the highest bird diversity in the world. Millions of flamingoes have this for a home, not forgetting a breeding and nesting place for pelicans. Animals found in the region include buffalos, lions, kudu, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and others.

The Lake Turkana national Parks heritage site comprises three national parks in the north of Kenya, in the Lake Turkana region. They include Sibiloi National Park, south Island, National park and central Island National Park. They cover a total area of 161,485 hectares. Lake Turkana is the largest desert lake in the world. The region is a stop over for migratory birds besides being home to the largest population of the largest Nile crocodiles. There are also archaeological sites such as Koobi Fora, where there are lots of fossil remains.

Being one of the most impressive landscapes in east Africa, the Mount Kenya region comprises of glacier filled summits, Alpine moorland, and indigenous forests. Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa, reaching an altitude of 5199m above sea level. There are three major peaks which rise above the U shaped glacier valleys. It is a popular destination for mountain climbers.

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