Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are located between Singida and Irangi Hills in Kondoa Irangi village. Other rock painting is located at kolo village in Singida.
This area contains one of the world’s finest collections of prehistoric rock paintings, with an estimated 1,600 individual paintings at almost two hundred different sites, and the most accessible ones are in the Irangi Hills north of Kondoa. The images represent both hunter-gatherers and agro-pastoralist ways of life, depicting the changing lifestyles over the past two thousand years. This historical site is the latest Tanzania’s World heritage site since 2006.
The caves contain paintings, some of which are believed by Tanzania Antiquities Department, that are more than 1,500 years back. It is also believed that the older paintings date back to at least two thousand (2,000) years, while some of the newer paintings are just two hundred 200 years old. The paintings are believed to have been created by the ancestors of the present day Sandawe and Hadzabe tribes.
Traditional Ritual Believes
One of the key qualities of the Kondoa rock art sites is that, they are still actively used by local communities in their daily rituals activities like weather divinations for rain making and traditional healing rituals.