Nyero Rock Paintings 5/5 (1)

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With a few sites offering the opportunity to see and experience the pre-historic Nyero Rock Paintings in Uganda and amongst the few places to see in Uganda is in Kumi district.

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Located in the Eastern part of the capital of Uganda in the Kumi district Nyero village with about 5 hours of road drive. Nyero Rock Paintings are in different three rocks that are uniquely and beautifully designed by the early inhabitants of this place. These rocks have paintings and some of the appearances of the designed structures are in shape of a sun, crocodile and so many others and they all have their meanings embedded on them.


Nyero 1, here few designs like circles, lies just below the main site. The few designs that were included; the sun, crocodiles, the ladder like structures that all had several meanings.

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Crocodile-like structures tell the most threat to this people in the community because they used to kill people when they used to go for fishing, killed their animals or cattle, goats, sheep and it always worried them and they decided to draw its structure there to tell the future generations of how dangerous and how of a threat this reptile was to them.

Nyero Rock Painting

On this other hand, the sun represented their god that they used to talk to in prayer and they believed that their answers were answered

Nyero 2 has a big white wall covered in groups of red circles, boats and some indefinite human and animal forms. With no clear significance of these paintings, many archaeologists are yet to justify their meaning.

Nyero 3 Here, it’s hard to identify and notice the paintings design unless a guide helps you to see and identify. It is a few meters north of the headquarters and the first point.

These are the most protected rock historical rock art site in Uganda and whole of East Africa thus awarded the prehistoric value to Uganda and Africa at large. UNESCO named as three-tiered rock shelters with primitive paintings on their inner surfaces.

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.

 Activities here include.

  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Traditional entertainment by Itesots culture.
  • Photography
  • And so many others.

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