Karamoja History & Archeology Tour
Most of Uganda’s rock art is concentrated in the east and south east of the country although there are a few other sites in other parts of Uganda. The premier rock art site is at Nyero between Mbale and Soroti in the east, not far from Mount Elgon, an ancient volcano on the Kenya/Uganda border.
Rock art in Karamoja
UWA recently embarked on the refurbishment and construction of accommodation facilities in Karamoja game reserves such as Matheniko and Pian Upe to enhance tourism in the region. Karamoja’s rocks are an attraction too as they stand out of the landscape.
They include Kadam Rock in Nakapiripirit, Napak Rock in Napak District and Mount Moroto in Moroto. In 2010, ancient paintings were discovered on Kobebe hills in Moroto District, Nakapeliet rock, Loteleit rock, Mogoth rock, and Nakadanya rock.
The meaning of the art
The images of animals and people grazing while carrying bows and arrows are painted in reddish colour. “We are now able to discover these rock paintings because government has successful disarmed the Karimojong, who had made the area insecure and not conducive for tourism. Such rock art characterised the Cushitic tribes who may have come to Karamoja about 3,000 years ago.
Karamoja History Archeology Tour Facts
- Rock Art site is only accessible in dry season (Oct-April);
- Karamoja Museum entree fees are included;
- Kara-Tunga tour guide included;
- Transport is not included for this tour.
Price per person
Price for 1 person is $75 and price for 2 person and more is $50 per person. Price excludes transport.
Code of conduct
Rock art paintings are very old, fragile and easily damaged. Please help to preserve them:
1. Do not touch the paintings. Your fingers leave sweat and oil marks on the rock which cannot be removed.
2. Do not put any liquids on the paintings. They cause the paintings to fade.
3. Do not make your own paintings or write your name on the rocks.
This destroys the value of the paintings and spoils the experience of other visitors.
4. Do not litter. Take your rubbish with you when you leave or use the trash bin provided.
Rock art sites are part of our heritage and are protected by the laws of Uganda. Respect them and the traditions of the local community.