Cave Paintings Kondoa Irangi Site Tanzania

Cave paintings in Kondoa Irangi area in Tanzania is among the world most ancient examples of the human artistic expression. This site contains one of the world’s optimum collections of prehistoric rock art with an estimated 1600 distinct cave paintings in almost two hundred different sites. The Irangi Hills north of Kondoa is the most accessible site than all. Kolo Rock Ancient Paintings, located in the area between Singida and the Irangi Hills in the village called Kondoa Irangi Dodoma region.

The most recent date from just a century or two ago, but the oldest cave paintings in Kondoa Irangi are estimated to be between 19,000 and 30,000 years old.

The cave paintings show simplified human figures engaged in hunting, playing music instruments, crossing rivers and animals such as elephants, giraffe and antelopes. The symbolize hunter-gatherer art people who were living in this areas.

One of the key qualities of the Kondoa rock art sites is that they still play an active role in the rituals of local communities. The sites are used for instance for weather-divination, healing and initiation. It is the latest Tanzania’s World heritage site in 2006

Cave Paintings Kondoa


Cave paintings Site History and Management


Cave paintings in the area was first reported in 1908 and a variety of excavations were carried out during the 20th century. The rock art area at Kondoa has never been comprehensively surveyed. The records from these past surveys and work are scattered over a variety of institutions in different countries. At present there is no integrated documentation system for the sites.

The management plan notes that there is a need for the Department of Antiquities to create a central database of all documentation.
The management of the property is create a careful path between supporting the living heritage values of the sites and supporting the physical preservation of the sites. The authority have now identified areas where trees can be grown for firewood. 


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