TARA is an international, Nairobi-based organisation committed to recording the rich rock art heritage of the African continent, to making this information widely accessible and, to the extent possible, safeguarding those sites most threatened by humans and nature. To achieve its mission, TARA works closely with communities where rock art is found as well as with national and international heritage bodies including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.


Rock Art Galleries


African Rock Art carvings & paintings, Trust for African Rock Art, heritage Ancestors of the Kalahari San Bushmen.

Rock Art Drawings

Flute Player,Dr Mary Leakey

A pipe-player at Pahi, Kondoa region, traced by Dr Mary Leakey in the 1950s. Courtesy of the Leakey Family.

Rock Art in the Green Sahara

Rock Art in the Green Sahara, David Coulson, Trust For African Rock Art The Sahara is the world's largest hot desert, spanning the entire northern part of Africa. Yet it hasn't always been dry - archaeological and geological research shows that it has undergone major climatic changes over thousands of years. Rock art is one of the best records of the life of past peoples who lived across the Sahara. It often depicts extraordinary images of life, landscape and animals that show a time when the Sahara was much greener and wetter than it is now. Most of the rock art images and information in this video are from the TARA archive and were taken by David Coulson.

Statement by Kofi Annan (R.I.P.)

Short video with Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, talking about conservation of Africa’s endangered rock art heritage.
TARA is sad to learn of the death of one of its supporters, Kofi Annan, on August 18th 2018 – a great African and a great man.

Kofi Annan, Africa, endangered rock art heritage, History of Rock Art, rock art techniques, David Coulson, carvings, Paintings