The Barotse Cultural Landscape


The Barotse Cultural Landscape is part of the Tentative list of Zambia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Barotse Cultural Landscape is situated on the Zambezi River floodplain, and demonstrates how the people of Barotseland have adapted to their environment through the use of canals, weirs, and land reclamation. The landscape has been inhabited by the Lozi, or Barotse, people continuously since the early 1800’s, and contains villages, fields, and sacred burial grounds. Each year during the Kuomboka ceremony, the Litunga, king of the Lozi people, sails from the Lealui Royal Palace on the floodplains to the Limulunga compound in the highlands at the start of the flood season.

Map of The Barotse Cultural Landscape

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Ricky Kalaluka

Zambia - 15-Jun-09 -

This is an area whose landscape is an amazing wilderness..the rich cultural heritage of the Lozi people is unique to barotse flood plain..You find burial sites dating to the 1800s..sharing borders with Namibia and Angola barotseland is full is flora and fauna with possibiliy of endemism

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The Barotse Cultural Landscape
Cultural Landscape - Continuing
2014 Advisory Body overruled

ICOMOS advised Deferral

2014 Referred

2013 Incomplete - not examined

2009 Added to Tentative List

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