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Kapir Rock Paintings In Ngora District

Kapir Rock Paintings In Ngora District

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A scramble up a rocky footpath brings you to the top of Kapir Rock and rewards you with some spectacular views over the lakes and swamps, distant rocky outcrops and mountains and the cultivated, bushy grasslands of Teso. It is a wonderful place to watch the sun set.

At the top, there is a huge over-hanging boulder which, together with some other boulders, provides a cave-like shelter from sun and rain which has obviously been used by people for thousands of years. In living memory, it was used for hiding in during the years of insurgency and rebel activity in the late 1980s. There are signs of an old fireplace, with smoke deposits on the rock above, although it is not known how far back this dates.

The most significant signs of ancient people using these rocks for shelter are the abstract, red geometric paintings on the largest over-hanging rock. They are believed to have been painted by the same people who painted on rocks elsewhere in Teso, the most extensive of which are at Nyero about 20km south.