Daramombe Rock Paintings – Chivhu, Zimbabwe - Atlas Obscura

Daramombe Rock Paintings

Chivhu, Zimbabwe

Several ancient rock paintings can be found on the hills surrounding the Daramombe High School.  


Next to the big Daramombe Hill (where according to the local customs you can not complain or you will get lost), you can find different small hills consisting out of different sized boulders. Such hills also go by the name of kopjes.

The rock paintings are scattered around the kopjes, some are very clear and big while others are small and slowly fading away. You can also encounter a graveyard of the first missionaries who build the school in 1939.  

The school as well as the big Anglican church was destroyed during the liberation war of Zimbabwe in 1970 but has been restored. The Anglican church still has its original walls, only the roof had to be completely restored.

There are a lot of rock paintings that can be found at the different kopjes, some include a clear elephant, African drums, hunters, and many animals. No official research has ever been done to get to know more about the different rock paintings, so very little is known about them.

Know Before You Go

Upon arrival knock on the door of the school's headmaster to ask permission to enter, with a bit of luck, he will send someone with you that already knows the location of several of the rock paintings.

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January 11, 2022

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