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Mphunzi Cave Paintings, Chongoni

Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area
Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area (Enlarge)

Situated within a cluster of forested granite hills and covering an area of 126.4 km2, high up the plateau of central Malawi, the 127 sites of this area feature the richest concentration of rock art in Central Africa. They reflect the comparatively scarce tradition of farmer rock art, as well as paintings by BaTwa hunter-gatherers who inhabited the area from the late Stone Age. The Chewa agriculturalists, whose ancestors lived there from the late Iron Age, practiced rock painting until well into the 20th century. The symbols in the rock art, which are strongly associated with women, still have cultural relevance amongst the Chewa, and the sites are actively associated with ceremonies and rituals. The area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.

Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area
Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area (Enlarge)


Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area
Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area (Enlarge)


Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area
Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area (Enlarge)


Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area
Mphunzi rock painting site, Chongoni rock art area (Enlarge)

Self-driving a car around Malawi is both safe and easy. If, on the other hand, you would like to be driven to places, and picked up from the airport, a smart, efficient, friendly mid-aged fellow I would strongly recommend is Clifton Banda. Ask him about accommodations too. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 265 999 475 050.

For additional information consult:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/476 
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Chongoni_Rock_Art_Area
http://www.bradtguides.com/destinations/africa/malawi/chongoni-rock-art-area.html




Mphunzi Cave Paintings, Chongoni