What Are the Chiremba Balancing Rocks?

5/15/17


Nature can make some pretty darn fascinating stuff, and one of the most interesting oddities of nature in my opinion is the phenomenon of balancing rocks. There are several different clusters of these peculiar rock formations all across the world, but the one that is of particular interest where this website is concerned are the Chiremba Balancing Rocks. Located in Epworth, about 8 miles southeast of Zimbabwe's capital city of Harare, the Chiremba Balancing Rocks are quite a sight to see. Some say that these delicately balanced natural structures are representative of the balance required to push Zimbabwe forward while still retaining its natural beauty and heritage. I don't go quite as deep as that in my thoughts, but I will say that the rocks are truly a beautiful thing to behold.

Chiremba Balacing Rocks
The famous Chiremba Balancing Rocks.
Image credit: Atlas Obscura



Mother and Child rock formation
The "Mother and Child" rock formation in Matopos.

While there are several of these balancing rock formations dotting Zimbabwe's landscape, the Chiremba rocks in particular attained notoriety after being featured on several different Zimbabwean banknotes, such as the Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar note. As for the word "Chiremba", it is a Shona word that means "doctor" or "physician". I find this interesting, because the denominations of the banknotes on which the Chiremba rocks appear represent a severely ailing economy. Just some food for thought there.

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