Kenya New World Heritage Sites

  Two Kenyan sites have been added to Unesco’s World Heritage List, Fort Jesus in Mombasa and Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley.

Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese from 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa. The fort’s layout and form reflect 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.
 
The Kenya Lake System comprises three interlinked relatively shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita) and covers a total area of over 32 000 hectares. The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and is the single most important foraging site in the world for the lesser flamingo, and a major nesting and breeding ground for Great White pelicans. It also features sizeable mammal populations, including Black rhino, Rothschild’s giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dog.