There are many amazing sites in Uganda, and some are found in the least expected places. A Uganda safari is usually taken in the form of gorilla trekking, game drives, white water rafting or mountain climbing, but today I talk about the hidden treasures of Uganda.
It is not every day that you get the opportunity to see prehistoric rock paintings, so if you are in Uganda, a trip to Kumi town to see the Nyero Rock Paintings is more than worth the effort.
Found in three separate rock shelters, these beautiful, well-preserved paintings portray concentric circles, animals, and canoes. The hike to the site is relatively easy, and you just may see monkeys, lizards, and birds along the way.
There’s a lot of history hidden in Uganda’s Nyero Rocks that you would probably want to unmask. These 3 rock shelters date centuries of years back. They are believed to have been painted in the stone age era.
The Nyero rock paintings are believed to have been painted by the earlier settlers of the area.
Presently the Iteso People live in this region but, they are not the people believed to have these remarkable Rock Paintings and there are no written records as to who did.
There are some that speak of some little, Batwa like people who came to the area before the Iteso People and lived in the area and who drew the pictures but they are long gone and there is no record of them.
Well, no matter who drew them, the fact still remains; these paintings are remarkable and are worth visiting. A lot of people come to Uganda to admire these Ancient Rock Paintings in Caves.
The top of these rocky shelters provides an amazing view of the surrounding area. You can also spot a few monkeys, some birds, and a few reptiles.
For archeologists on a Uganda safari, Nyero rock paintings are the perfect place for you. Local guides within these sites will take you through the caves, and tell you stories behind the existence of these incredible paintings and many other things about Uganda’s history and cultures.
Nyero may be the most protected rock art site in East and justifiably so given its prehistoric value to Uganda and Africa at large. UNESCO chose to describe it as three-tiered rock shelters with primitive paintings on their inner surfaces.
The meaning of these paintings is yet to be demystified since 1250 AD the era in which it is said they were made.
The Nyero Rock Paintings are the place where the Stone Age we read about comes to life, manifesting what we shared with those who lived over 750 years ago.
Art lived then, and it lives on now probably more on canvas than it does on rocks as it did back then. It is not a common heritage, which makes it a site worth visiting on a your Uganda Safari.
There are similar rock paintings such as Mukongoro which is also located in Kumi, Dolwe Island on Lake Victoria in Namayingo District, Komuge in Bukedea District, Kapiri and Kakoro in Pallisa District.
Interested visitors are advised to be keen while hiking to the top of these caves during the wet season, the rocks are usually slippery in this season.
Inconclusion, just by the little village of Nyero in the District Kumi you will discover three Rock Cave Shelters where you can view some of the oldest rock paintings in Uganda dating back to the Stone Age.
The Nyero rock paintings are an amazing part of Uganda’s history. They are a site that you need to visit if you are on your cultural and historical safaris.