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The Richtersveld Community Conservancy is a mountainous desert in the north-west part of South Africa. It sustains the semi-nomadic pastoral livelihood of the Nama people. The Nama are descendants of the Khoi-Khoi, considered as the indigenous inhabitants of southern Africa.

The site includes the seasonal migrations and grazing grounds, stockposts (kraals) and haru oms, the portable houses of the Nama.


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Site info

The Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
Country: South Africa
Inscribed: 2007
Cultural Heritage
Criteria:  (4) (5)
Category: Human activity, Cultural landscape

Site history:
2007 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links

Official website:
»Richtersveld park site

In the news:
» The story behind how South Africa got Richtersveld included as a cultural WHS (01-07-2007).
» The Richtersveld in the Northern Cape has been awarded world heritage status. (01-07-2007).

Related links:
» Richtersveld community website.
» Wiki on Richtersveld.

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Ratites .
On National Border .
Human Activity
Pastoralism .
Built in the 15th century .
Minority communities .
WHS on Other Lists
World Monuments Watch (past) .
World Heritage Process
Continuing Cultural Landscape . Cultural sites rejected for Natural criteria .

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