Business World Advertising Contact Us
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
  Where swallows fly
 
 
  Advertise on Travel Malawi Malawi Tour Packages
 
         
   
         
   
 
 

Where Swallows Fly

 

The hot, dry earth was lying bare waiting for the first of the November rains to bless the season’s planting. The swallows newly, arrived from the north in anticipation of rain and an explosion of insect life, swirled and swizzled around us on the 25 minute climb to the rock shelter on the hill that bore their name - Namzeze.

 

 

Village scene


Our destination was the most remote of the rock painting sites. The effort needed to get there has probably saved it from the reported vandalism at other more accessible sites.


Most Malawians are unaware that the rock paintings in the Dedza area comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site - one of only two in Malawi, the other being the well-known Lake Malawi National Park.

 

 

Nanzeze

 

There are no guiding signs from the main M! road at the turn-off a few kilometres north of Dedza nor along the well-maintained dirt road.leading to the site. The Department of Culture has made some effort to prepare a track to the base of the hill and a footpath to the site. The track is not well maintained although it is motorable by four-wheel-drive vehicles or carefully driven saloon cars. It is advisable to take . a guide. Our excellent guide, Gift, was provided by Dedza Potteries where he is otherwise employed making figurines.

 

We chose to leave the car at Nchopa Village and walk the track.


Nothing had prepared us for the impressive size of the rock shelter. Here and there were diagrammatic red paintings possibly as much as 1,800 years old pre-dating the arrival of the present-day bantu peoples in Malawi.

 

Our companions, the swallows, may be the direct descendants of birds nesting there thousands of years ago. Modern Malawi man has no such claim. We pay respect to the swallows’ prior ownership their ancient nest sites marked by trails of guano mingling with the paintings on the rock face.


Later bantu people have left their legacy, too - numerous white paintings:
“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.”

 

 

 

 

Absolutely amazing paintings.

 

 

Makwana as always with the lens, admiring and taking pictures of the paintings


As we stood on the rim looking out over the village fields below and across to the beautiful and impressive Chongoni Mountain, we could think of no more suitable site for ritual - this awe-inspiring natural cathedral.

 

View-to-Chogoni

 

 

 

©2014 Travel Malawi. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 
 
   
 
 
comments powered by Disqus 
 
 
             
             
  About Malawi Travel Tips Food & Drinks in Central Walking & Trekking Pottery  
  Location Transport Food & Drinks in North Safari Water Sports  
  Climate Getting Around Malawi Food & Drinks on Lakeshore Bird Watching Photography  
  Tourism Accommodation in South Car hire Flowers Travel Agents  
  Culture Accommodation in Central Hiking Fishing Safari  
  Lifestyle Accommodation in North Rock Climbing Cruising News  
  Religion Accommodation on Lakeshore Horse Riding Experience the Culture    
  Government Food & drinks in South Cycling & Quad Bikes Watch Gule Wankulu © Travel Malawi Guide