The twenty (20) world heritage sites in East Africa Safari tour destinations of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are set to receive a major international support as other eighteen (18) candidates mapped in destinations of Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan set to join the list.
According to Dr. Douglas Comer the President of International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management who had led a delegation of other credible scientists visiting the archaeological sites in the Tanzania Northern circuit – a common ground for Tanzania Safari tours, noted that the future of tourism, culture and education is bent towards heritage sites and thus any effort towards conserving and protecting them should be timely and appreciated. The support includes both technical assistance and funding
The range of over a hundred (100) delegates from the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) held a special meeting at the coastal region of Bagamoyo before proceeding to Arusha and Ngorongoro to explore other famous World Heritage sites some of which are highly sought after during East Africa Safaris in Tanzania.
Besides Bagamoyo, the delegates explored other sites including Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli Archaeological discovery sites, Dr. Leakey’s working station and Ngorongoro Crater. The American based Tanzanian Archaeologist Prof. Charles Musiba hosted the delegates.
According to Dr. John Peterson the Director of Research and Sponsored Programmes at University of Guam in Mangilao United States, a range of countries on the African continent had prioritized the fossil fuel extraction other than preserving heritage but with advancement of technology, the former is losing value while the later is gaining rapidly.
Out of the present day six (6) nations comprising the East Africa Community, Tanzania features the highest number of World Heritage Sites as declared by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The nine (9) sites include; Kilimanjaro National Park; Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings; ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani; Ngorongoro Conservation Area; Serengeti National Park; Selous Game Reserve; Zanzibar’s Stone Town and remains of Songo Mnara.
Destination Kenya features six (6) world heritage sites including; Fort Jesus, Lamu Old Town; Mombasa; Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests; Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley; Mount Kenya Natural Forest and Lake Turkana National Parks as always explored on Kenya Safaris and tours.
Uganda Safari tour undertakers have an opportunity to explore her three (3) UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – the home to a minimum of 400 Mountain Gorillas, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Kasubi Tombs.
The destination Rwanda at the moment has no world heritage sites but has already filled applications for the proposed sites including Nyamata, Murambi, Bisesero and Gisozi.