There are many amazing sights and sites in Uganda, and some are found in the least expected places. nyero2

 

When you think of a safari to Uganda, the first things that come to mind are perhaps gorilla trekking, game drives, white water rafting or mountain climbing. Rarely will anyone think of Kumi district in the Eastern part of the country as a tourist destination, and yet it is. Near the town of Kumi town in Kumi i district close to a little village called Nyero are three rock shelters. These shelters have some of the oldest art in the country. They have the oldest rock paintings in Uganda, as old as the Stone Age.

For visitors who are interested in history and archeology, this is one place worth visiting.

What is so special about the Nyero rock paintings?

The Nyero rock paintings are believed to have been made by the earlier settlers in the area. Currently it is the Itesot people who live in the area, but there are stories and tales that some little people, a bit like the Batwa who were in that area before the Itesots settled there.

Regardless of who drew them, the rock paintings are simply amazing and a thing to admire. There are a number of people who travel to Nyero to look at these paintings and explore the three cave sthat contain the drawings. If you have an interest in archeology then the Nyero Rock Paintings are a site to be visited especially if you are driving by to or from Kidepo Valley Park and we include the Nyero Rock Paintings Shelters Caves on some of our Safari Itineraries.

 

In Nyero you will get a guide who will show you around the caves, explain the local stories that are attached to the caves and the paintings and teach you a little bit of Ugandan ancient history and perhaps legend. It is also cultural tourism.

If you climb up onto the top of the shelter, you will see some great view of the surrounding area and might find a few monkeys, some birds, and a few reptiles.

 

 

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