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UNESCO Sites in Kenya

Kenya unesco sites
Kenya unesco sites
unesco world heritage sites

Kenya UNESCO commitment has registered 7 sites on the World Heritage list and 17 sites on the tentative list.

Some places are so interesting that it’s relevant to keep them for future generations. This is why UNESCO has built a list of crucial classified properties in which there are superb places that stand out for their aesthetic, natural, artistic or cultural significance.

More than a thousand places are registered as Unesco’s World Heritage around the world. Due to my personal interest in visiting World Heritage sites, I put together the UNESCO list in Kenya and the corresponding map.

Kenya UNESCO list

  1. Fort Jesus, Mombasa
  2. Lamu Old Town
  3. Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests
  4. Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site
  5. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
  6. Lake Turkana National Parks
  7. Mount Kenya National Park

Kenya UNESCO Map

Click on the blue pins to view more relevant information about each World Heritage site in Kenya.


  1. Fort Jesus, Mombasa: This site is a Portuguese fort built in the 16th century in Mombasa. It is an important historical landmark and has played a key role in the region’s history.
  2. Lamu Old Town: This site is located on the island of Lamu and includes several historic buildings and structures. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa.
  3. Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests: This site includes some sacred forests that are important cultural sites for the Mijikenda people. They are home to many important cultural and religious practices.
  4. Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site: This site is an important archaeological site that includes some stone structures built by the Luo people between the 16th and 17th centuries.
  5. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley: This site includes three lakes in the Great Rift Valley: Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Elementaita. The lakes are home to many important bird species and are also an important habitat for a number of other animals.
  6. Lake Turkana National Parks: This site includes several national parks around Lake Turkana, including Sibiloi National Park and Central Island National Park. The area is known for its unique geology and its rich cultural heritage.
  7. Mount Kenya National Park: This site includes Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya. It is an important natural landmark and home to several important animal species.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kenya are protected places for their cultural and natural importance.

Sites on the Tentative List

  1. Mombasa Old Town
  2. Lake Nakuru National Park
  3. Lake Naivasha
  4. Lake Bogoria National Reserve
  5. The Historic Town of Gedi
  6. The Mfangano-Rusinga Island Complex
  7. The Marakwet Escarpment Furrow Irrigation System
  8. Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site
  9. Aberdare Mountains
  10. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and Shimba Hills National Reserve
  11. The Kakemega Forest
  12. The Meru Conservation Area
  13. Hell’s Gate National Park
  14. The Maasai Mara
  15. The Kenya Lakes System
  16. The Tana Delta and Forests Complex
  17. Tsavo Parks and Chyulu Hills Complex