The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape is located at the border with Botswana and Namibia in the northern part of the country, coinciding with the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (KGNP). The large expanse of sand contains evidence of human occupation from the Stone Age to the present and is associated with the culture of the formerly nomadic ǂKhomani San people and the strategies that allowed them to adapt to harsh desert conditions. They developed a specific ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices and a worldview related to the geographical features of their environment. The ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape bears testimony to the way of life that prevailed in the region and shaped the site over thousands of years.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|v||To be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change.||All|
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Quiver Tree Forest||2019||230.4km||site_ao|
|Garas Park Rest Camp||2019||232.8km||site_ao|
|Elizabeth Bay Ghost Town||2019||534.9km||site_ao|
|Ai-Ais—Richtersveld Transfrontier Park||2016||438.9km||site_ao|
|Namibia’s Prehistoric Meteorites||2018||481.6km||site_ao|
|The Desert Shipwrecks of the Skeleton Coast||2018||625.9km||site_ao|
|These Signs Are Such Capricorns||2017||525.3km||site_ao|
|Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape||2007||450.8km||site_whs|
|Namib Sand Sea||2013||507.2km||site_whs|
|Aerial Photos of Namib Desert Look Like a Giant Paint Brush Has Been Dragged Through Them||2019||621km||post|
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