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Eastern Arc Mountains Forests of Tanzania (T)

Geert Luiken Netherlands - 07-Mar-23

Eastern Arc Mountains Forests of Tanzania (T)

If there is one site that should be designated as a World Heritage Site as soon as possible, it is this one. During my visit to Udzungwa Mountains National Park, I was greatly impressed by the natural beauty of the area. I stayed at the Hondo Hondo camp and went on a 4-hour trek to the Sanje Waterfall, which is a very popular tourist attraction. The exceptional value of the site lies in the many species that are unique to this area, including two endemic birds (the Udzungwa Forest Partridge and the Rufous-winged Sunbird) and two species of monkeys (the recently discovered Sanje Crested Mangabey and the Udzungwa Red Colobus).

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Geert Luiken Netherlands - 28-Feb-23

The Kondoa rock art site has been thoroughly reviewed already. Two things I would like to add. Firstly I found the entrance price quite steep. We were coming with our driver from Dodoma and not only had to pay for our own entrance fee, but seperatly for the car, our driver and the guide, which totalled 93.000 TSH ( around 40€). A second, more interesting point is that the Rock paintings have only suffered from wheather related causes, mainly rain seeping through the rocks, but not from human causes. The reason for this is that even nowadays, thousands of years after they were made, they still play a role in religious practices. Just below the B1 site there is a rock with a hole underneath, were according to the locals a deity lives

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Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara

Geert Luiken Netherlands - 22-Feb-23

Recently I visited both Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. As the former is already covered in many reviews I will focus om the later. Through Elisabeth, the owner of the highly recommended Kimbilio lodge in Kilwa Masoko we got into contact with Osman, a very enthousiastic and knowledgable guide. The boat trip from Kilwa Masoko to Songo Mnara takes about 1,5 hour. You arrive at a rather primitive settlement of local fishermen and after passing through some mangrove forest on foot you reach the ruïnes of the former palace dating from 11 th century. Big baobab trees have partly taken over the buildings, but there is still quite a lot to see. The site was very quiet, our group of 3 had the place to ourselves, as was also the case when we visited Kilwa Kisiwani the next day

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Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Geert Luiken Netherlands - 04-Nov-15

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Although I am a long time member of, till now I never wrote a review, mainly because most sites are already excellently covered by others. But to my surprise nobody wrote about the Central Suriname Nature reserve. To my surprise, because although the site isn't reached easily, still a lot of people seem to make it there.

By far the easiest way to visit is on an organised tour from the capital Paramaribo. First you go by minibus to the Kwinti village of Witagron. The bauxite road is not too bad and it takes about 4 hours to get there. From Witagron you continue by boat

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Dolomites 4.5
Vienna 4
Genoa 2.5
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Alanya (T)
  3. Ancient Buddhist Site of Sarnath (T)
  4. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  5. Central Park (T)
  6. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  7. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  8. Corcovado National Park and Isla del Cano Biological Reserve (T)
  9. Dahab (T)
  10. Dali Chanshan Mountain and Erhai Lake Scenic Spot (T)
  11. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  12. Dong Villages (T)
  13. Eastern Arc Mountains Forests of Tanzania (T)
  14. Ein Karem, a village and its cultural landscape (T)
  15. Ellis Island (T)
  16. Etosha Pan (T)
  17. Great Desert Landscapes (T)
  18. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  19. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  20. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  21. Hoge Kempen Rural - Industrial Transition Landscape (T)
  22. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  23. La Camargue (T)
  24. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  25. Le plateau des Hautes-Fagnes (T)
  26. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  27. Levadas of Madeira Island (T)
  28. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  29. National Park (Taman Negara) of Peninsular Malaysia (T)
  30. Newibah castle (T)
  31. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  32. Okavango Delta (T)
  33. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  34. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  35. Ras Mohammed (T)
  36. Ring of cenotes of Chicxulub Crater, Yucatan (T)
  37. Route of Magellan (T)
  38. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  39. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  40. Sites mégalithiques de Carnac (T)
  41. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  42. The Lijiang River Scenic Zone at Guilin (T)
  43. Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (T)
  44. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  45. Via Appia 'Regina Viarum' (T)
  46. Welwitschia Plains (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Amritsar
  2. Atacama Desert
  3. Cape York and the islands of the Torres Strait
  4. Death Valley National Park
  5. Dzongs of Bhutan
  6. Ephesus
  7. Forests of Southern New Caledonia
  8. Kangchendzonga National Park
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Marine Reserves of Sinai
  11. Minoan palaces of Crete
  12. Mt Kailash
  13. Okavango Delta
  14. Rainforests of Polynesia
  15. The Grand Canal
  16. The Sublime Karsts of Papua New Guinea
  17. Torres del Paine National Park
  18. Towers of Silence
  19. Varanasi
  20. Vatnajökull National Park

Top 200 WHS

  1. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  2. Djenné
  3. Timbuktu
  4. Viñales Valley
  5. Laponian Area
  6. Acropolis
  7. Agrigento
  8. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  9. Ephesus
  10. Villa Romana del Casale
  11. Pompei
  12. Baalbek
  13. Amphitheater of El Jem
  14. Trier
  15. Syracuse
  16. Historic Cairo
  17. Damascus
  18. Medina of Marrakesh
  19. Medina of Tunis
  20. Samarkand
  21. Kathmandu Valley
  22. Hué
  23. Bahá’i Holy Places
  24. Potala Palace
  25. Borobudur
  26. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  27. Pyramids (Memphis)
  28. Taj Mahal
  29. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  30. Göreme NP
  31. Bethlehem
  32. Vatican City
  33. Saint Catherine Area
  34. Chartres Cathedral
  35. Sydney Opera House
  36. Kremlin and Red Square
  37. Great Zimbabwe
  38. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  39. Macao
  40. Old Havana
  41. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  42. Kew Gardens
  43. Hortobágy
  44. Wadi Rum
  45. Namib Sand Sea
  46. Lorentz National Park
  47. Noel Kempff Mercado National Park
  48. Darien National Park
  49. Sangay National Park
  50. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  51. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  52. Ancient Thebes
  53. Grand Canyon
  54. Uluru
  55. Nahanni National Park
  56. Van Nellefabriek
  57. Ancient Kyoto
  58. Ancient Nara
  59. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries
  60. Komodo National Park
  61. Aldabra Atoll
  62. Virunga National Park
  63. Galapagos Islands
  64. Yellowstone
  65. Ngorongoro
  66. Serengeti
  67. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  68. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  69. Okapi Wildlife Reserve
  70. Manovo-Gounda St. Floris
  71. Rainforests of the Atsinanana
  72. Selous Game Reserve
  73. Kaziranga National Park
  74. Dja Faunal Reserve
  75. Wrangel Island
  76. Keoladeo National Park
  77. Wood Buffalo National Park
  78. Chitwan National Park
  79. Garamba National Park
  80. Cape Floral Region
  81. Kinabalu Park
  82. Greater Blue Mountains
  83. Redwood
  84. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  85. Rio Abiseo National Park
  86. Tasmanian Wilderness
  87. Ujung Kulon National Park
  88. Kahuzi-Biega National Park
  89. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  90. Central Suriname Nature Reserve
  91. Atlantic Forest South-East
  92. Sinharaja Forest
  93. Virgin Komi Forests
  94. Gondwana Rainforests
  95. Mount Wuyi
  96. Manu National Park
  97. Yosemite National Park
  98. Ilulissat Icefjord
  99. Los Glaciares
  100. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  101. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  102. East Rennell
  103. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  104. Minaret of Jam
  105. Gunung Mulu
  106. Carlsbad Caverns
  107. Andrefana Dry Forests
  108. Purnululu National Park
  109. Lena Pillars
  110. Mammoth Cave
  111. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  112. West Norwegian Fjords
  113. Gulf of California
  114. Great Barrier Reef
  115. Ningaloo Coast
  116. Lagoons of New Caledonia
  117. Peninsula Valdes
  118. Belize Barrier Reef
  119. Socotra Archipelago
  120. Tubbataha Reefs
  121. Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
  122. Siena
  123. Granada
  124. Dubrovnik
  125. Kraków
  126. Vienna
  127. Budapest
  128. Tallinn
  129. Seville
  130. Auschwitz Birkenau
  131. Genbaku Dome
  132. Statue of Liberty
  133. Crac des Chevaliers
  134. Great Wall
  135. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  136. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  137. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  138. Sagarmatha National Park
  139. Kilimanjaro National Park
  140. Machu Picchu
  141. Meteora
  142. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  143. Putorana Plateau
  144. Great Himalayan National Park
  145. Wulingyuan
  146. Simien National Park
  147. Rwenzori Mountains
  148. Persepolis
  149. Petra
  150. Nemrut Dag
  151. Palmyra
  152. Rapa Nui
  153. Versailles
  154. Schönbrunn
  155. Summer Palace
  156. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  157. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  158. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  159. Carthage
  160. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  161. Florence
  162. St. Petersburg
  163. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  164. Vilnius
  165. Mesa Verde
  166. Tikal National Park
  167. Chichen-Itza
  168. Stonehenge
  169. Nasca Lines
  170. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  171. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  172. Pantanal
  173. Victoria Falls
  174. Lake Baikal
  175. Okavango Delta
  176. The Sundarbans
  177. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve
  178. Lake Malawi
  179. Everglades
  180. Altamira Cave
  181. Vézère Valley
  182. Angkor
  183. Moenjodaro
  184. Ayutthaya
  185. The Four Lifts
  186. Rhaetian Railway
  187. Venice and its Lagoon
  188. Old City of Jerusalem
  189. Edinburgh
  190. Naples
  191. Salzburg
  192. Split
  193. Cordoba
  194. Brasilia
  195. L'Anse aux Meadows
  196. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  197. Giant's Causeway
  198. Pitons of Reunion
  199. Mount Etna