Mwela Rock Paintings


Mwela Rock Paintings is part of the Tentative list of Zambia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Mwela Rock Paintings is a mixed site consisting of one of the densest concentrations of rock art sites in Africa, which were painted in caves and overhangs on a series of rock outcrops near the city of Kasama. Over 1,000 paintings created by Later Stone Age hunter-gatherers and depicting their social practices, religious beliefs, and cultural traditions have been identified at the site. The Mwela Rock cultural landscape supports an ecosystem containing open grasslands and wetlands interspersed with rock outcrops, which inspired the prehistoric paintings and continues to hold spiritual value to present-day local communities.

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juliette Liswaniso

zambia - 19-Sep-12 -

I visited the site yesterday 18/9/12 and I found it quite interesting as I was able to compare the past traditions to the current one in the province.We had a tour guide and the place is being developed to include a cultural centre this will make it more exciting am yet to visit Lwimbo rocks to round up my visit as it is a few kilometers away.

Dan Bartovsk

Czech republic, Europe - 23-Nov-11 -

I have visited this interesting place on July 2011. With the sorrow I must write, that there was no guide and any schedule to the paintings. We have found only two paintings and that is really not so many for high entry fee 15 USD p.p. and 5 USD for the car.

The place is fine for seeing rocky groups with the bush and for good top wiewing. But services is necessery to grow up.

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Mwela Rock Paintings
Archaeological site - Rock Art
2009 Added to Tentative List

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