2 Days Kondoa Irangi Tours

2 Days

Kondoa Irangi Art Paintings

The Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are found in Kondoa Irangi village, between the Singida and Irangi Hills, and other rock paintings can be found in Kolo village in Dodoma. The rock paintings in central Tanzania are a series of ancient paintings on rock shelter walls.

The photographs portray both hunter-gatherer and agro-pastoralist cultures, illustrating how lives have changed over the last two thousand years. In the Kondoa region, there are over 450 rock art locations. Because of its impressive collection of rock art, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. The
locations lie on the steep eastern slopes of the Masai escarpment, which runs along the Great Rift Valley’s eastern boundary. These locations are utilized for rituals.

Location of the Kondoa Irangi Art Site

The rock art sites of Kondoa Irangi are located on the slopes of the Irangi hills, near the little community of Kolo, some 3 kilometers from Kondoa town on the Dodoma Arusha route.

How were the Kondoa Art Paintings Drawn?

Local cultures used a mixture of animal fats, red tree sap, and ash to create the rock murals thousands of years ago. The ones that have survived are all situated on sheltering rock faces, where overhanging boulders have offered rain protection for ages. Each site included a large number of individual paintings, which were typically 4m broad by 2m high.

The paintings ranged in size from a handful of inches to several feet. The Kondoa Irangi Tour takes you to a number of caves and shelters that are decorated with paintings of elongated humans, animals, hunting scenes, and abstract marks.

The majority of the paintings have been determined to be over 2,000 years old, and they resemble those seen in Eastern and Southern Africa.


    Kondoa Irangi Tour; The Kondoa Irangi rock art sites are located on the slopes of Irangi hills, near the small village of Kolo, located about 3 kilometer from Kondoa town along the Dodoma Arusha highway. The rock paintings were painted thousands of years ago by local tribes, using a mixture of animal fats, red tree sap and ash. The ones that have survived are all found on sheltered rock faces, where the overhanging rocks have provided shelter from rain over the centuries. Each site had scores of individual paintings, which usually covered an area of around 4m wide by 2m high.

    The paintings varied in size from a few inches to a couple of feet. The Kondoa Irangi Tour brings you to dozens of caves and shelters with paintings of elongated people, animals, hunting scenes, and abstract markings. Most of paintings are recorded to be dated at more than 2,000 years old and they look similar to those which in Eastern and Southern Africa.

    The Kondoa rock paintings are associated with pastoralist and agriculturalist communities. The paintings shows the cultural link among the communities that live in the Kondoa Area over time.

      2 Days Kondoa Irangi Tours

      For the journey to the Kondoa Irangi rock art sites, pick up from your hotel or resident house in Dodoma. Arrive at Kondoa for a little break and lunch before checking into the resort. In the afternoon, go on a walking excursion to view the mystical well in the Reserved Natural Forest.

      This trip will teach you about the history of the area as well as local beliefs about the forest. Explore the holy spots and appreciate the forest’s bird viewing and plants. Proceed to a customary gathering spot under a Baobab tree, where meetings were conducted prior to the colonial control of Germany.

      Explore the grandeur of the Kondoa River on your trip down.

      The trip will take you to the local market and people’s homes, as well as to local bars and small commercial centers. After that, return to Kondoa town for the night.

      After breakfast, travel to Kolo for a full-day visit of the Kondoa Irangi Rock paintings. Drive to Mongomi Hill, where you will park your car and begin your adventure.

      There are three sites on the Mongoni hill: B1, B2, and B3. The ancient rock art depicts scenes from tribe life, such as ritual, dance, and hunting, and is said to be over 10000 years old.

      Picnic lunch/hot lunch and transportation to Pahi location for more rock painting activities. At this site, you will see black and white paintings, symbolic art created by early livestock keepers and farmers.

      Drive back to Kondoa in the late afternoon for supper and an overnight stay, or continue to Dodoma.

      What is the Kondoa Irangi famous for?

      Irangi Rock Paintings
      The Kondoa Rock-Art Sites or Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are a series of ancient paintings on rockshelter walls in central Tanzania. The Kondoa region was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006 because of its impressive collection of rock art.

        What are the rock paintings in Kondoa Tanzania?

        The rock paintings are a series of ancient paintings on rockshelter walls in central Tanzania. The images represent both hunter-gatherers and agro-pastoralist ways of life, depicting the changing lifestyles over the past two thousand years. The number of rock art sites in the Kondoa area is approximated about 450.

          What was discovered of kondoa irangi?

          But in Kondoa a number of ancient human sites have been discovered. In those sites archaeologists have found various objects such as beads, objects made from stone, and various pottery. Radiocarbon analysis gives a dating of several tens of thousands of years!

            Why kondoa irangi in tanzania is historically important?

            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.

              What are the 4 types of rock art?

              Rock art includes pictographs (drawings or paintings), petroglyphs (carvings or inscriptions), engravings (incised motifs), petroforms (rocks laid out in patterns), and geoglyphs (ground drawings).

                Where is Kondoa found?

                Kondoa District is one of the seven districts of the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by Manyara Region, and to the south by Chemba District.

                  Package  Included

                  • Park fees(For non-residents)
                  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
                  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
                  • A professional driver/guide
                  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
                  • All Taxes/VAT
                  • Roundtrip airport transfer
                  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
                  • Drinks(As specified in the day-by-day section)

                  Package  Excluded

                  ⊗ International flights(From/to home)

                  ⊗ Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

                  ⊗ Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)

                  ⊗ Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

                  ⊗ Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

                  ⊗ Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)



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