Gap year travellers heading to Kenya this year will be able to visit the latest UNESCO World Heritage List sites as the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley have been added to the prestigious list by the World Heritage Committee.
Also added to the World Heritage List is Australia’s Ningaloo Coast, meaning gap year travellers down under have another attraction to add to their bucket list.
The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley , a natural area of outstanding beauty was the first to be added to UNESCO's World Heritage List during the current Committee session.,
It is made up of three inter-linked relatively shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita) in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya and covers a total area of 32,034 hectares.
The Lake System is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world and is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans.
The 604,500 hectare marine and terrestrial property of Ningaloo Coast , on the remote western coast of Australia, includes one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world.
Inland features an extensive karst systems and network of underground caves and water courses. Offshore annual gatherings of whale sharks occur at Ningaloo Coast which is also home to numerous marine species including sea turtles.