Frank sussed out the walk to Inanke Cave last time we went to Matopos. I don’t walk too good (I broke my leg when I was a lightie, and it didn’t work very well after that. Now that is my story, and I’m sticking to it!)
Everyone we spoke to said “Oh Inanke Cave…lovely, magic walk – helluva climb” and then looked at me significantly. Well, I’m alive to tell the story and post the photos, although they don’t at all do justice to the real thing.
The walk starts off along a little river, and that (non-Matabeles) is a surprising sight in this dry province of Zimbabwe.
I can easily see a family living in the cave quite happily. Its warm and dry and pretty easy to defend. Unlike the caves with lots of rock art. Generally those are high up and not that accessible. I can’t imagine a family living in Inanke Cave, or Silozwane for that matter! Ill go with the idea that a Shaman went up there to mediate!
At some time someone built a kiln up here – can’t imagine why anyone would bother to carry all the stuff here needed to run this thing…
Which is more than I can say for this guy…he looks very old and rather ticked off…
If he had bothered to look around, he would have got a lift of the spirits looking at this view:
Rather feeble rock art – but hey…I’m guessing this guy wasn’t doing this for the same reason the guy up in Inanke was – more like my photos compared with Andrew Field’s!
There is water near this cave and I heard lots of familiar birds…
Below is a male chinspot batis
The msasa trees are out (sort of)
This cliff literally towers over your head…the size of it doesn’t come off on this photograph, and I knew it wouldn’t, so I took another pic from on top of Inanke Cave.
We chose to take the ‘short’ way back to Tokwana Dam from Inanke Cave! But I’ll leave the photos of that walk to another post.