Domboshava is a village in the province of Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe. It is located in an area of granite hills about 27 km (17 mi) north of Harare. The village is named after a large granite hill near the village. There are several rock formations at the top of the hill which have been formed by natural erosion. The hill, and rocks, are covered with lichen. There are three colours of lichen at Domboshava: red, green and grey.

Domboshava Rocks

The Domboshava Rocks are popular for their color (grey) from which they derive their name in the local shona vernacular. The rocks are a towering site which make for very good sightseeing.Domboshava Rocks is located north east of Harare. It is an easy and interesting drive as you pass through a village with lots of stalls and produce on sale. Proceeding through the village you will start to see massive granite formations of rock which is the popular Domboshava rocks that attracts many locals and tourists alike, it is a natural history site. It is not that well sign posted so look out for a sign on your right if you are coming out of town which says “Ndambakurmwa – Chiyereswa”this is where you must turn and then there is just a short drive from the main road.

At the base of the granite rocks there are curios, arts and crafts being sold, then in the thatched rondeval you can learn all about the history of Domboshava, and where you need to pay a nominal fee to proceed. The best way to the top of the rock is well sign posted with white arrows which directs you to have a look at the well known rock paintings as well, before reaching the summit of the rock.

It is a great outing for the whole family, either take a picnic breakfast or snacks up for sunset and enjoy a sundowner while admiring the spectacular three hundred and sixty degree surrounding views.


The name is derived from dombo meaning "rock" and shava (pronounced shawa) meaning "light brown". Other words that make reference to the colour shava are Javangwe, gadzijava; mushava; Javavhu. The clan name shava is a reference to the light brown colour of the eland or mhofu in Shona.

The granite hill is a National Monument of Zimbabwe and has some examples of cave paintings which date back almost 6000 years. The majority of these paintings can be found in a cave which is some walk from the rock formations at the top of the hill. There is also a hole in the cave that leads to the top hill.

For many years, primarily in the later 20th-century, Domboshawa was a major location of truck gardening for the markets of Harare. Since the start of the 21st-century of so Domboshava's economy has seen a rise in pottery production