Mumurgwe Hill /Lion’s Head

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Mumurgwe Hill /Lion’s Head

Mumurgwe Hill /Lion’s Head is home to rock art and is situated in Mashonaland Central Province.

Why Visit

  • A colorful, if faded, collection of San rock art on the national road towards Shamva.
  • One panel had oil applied to it by vandals causing irreversible damage.
  • Easy access to the rock art site, only 100 meters from the road.


How to get here

Take the (A2) Enterprise Road, passing through Newlands and Chisipite and continuing until the tollgates. Distances are from the tollgates. 0.2 KM turn left on the (A13) Shamva Road; 15.4 KM pass Ewanrigg turnoff on the right, 21.6 KM reach Bally Vaughn entrance on the left. 44.0 KM reach Murmurgwe rock art turnoff on the left.

There is dam on the Umwindsi River close to the right-hand side of the road and Mumurgwe or Lion’s Head on the left. Turn off the road to the left, 50 metres before the layby on the right, towards a large boulder formation 100 meters from the road. The paintings are at the base of these large boulders facing the national road.

The Art

On the southernmost boulder are four fish and a kudu cow in yellow, whose lower legs were once probably painted white, but have faded. There are a mass of faded hunters. Further along a large well-drawn buffalo, one meter long has two yellow ochre kudu cows superimposed on the torso.

They are followed to the right by a confused mass of human and animal figures with kudu, sable, a small dark ovoid, a bird, a hunter, and another multi-coloured ovoid. Four faded ochre animals are superimposed on an ovoid.