Laas Geel in Somaliland

On the way from Hargeisa to Laas Geel we stopped to buy some camel milk
On the way from Hargeisa to Laas Geel we stopped to buy some camel milk.
I have never drunk camel milk before
I have never drunk camel milk before.
The saleswoman of camel milk is beautiful
The saleswoman of camel milk is beautiful.
This is the place where we stopped to buy the camel milk
This is the place where we stopped to buy the camel milk.
The road between the Hargeisa city and Laas Geel is covered by the asphalt
The road between the Hargeisa city and Laas Geel is covered by the asphalt.
Smiling lovely girl is standing near the colourful nomad hut
Smiling lovely girl is standing near the colourful nomad hut.
This nomad hut is an architectural masterpiece
This nomad hut is an architectural masterpiece.
White building with the green doors
White building with the green doors.
There is a short stretch of road without asphalt just before Laas Geel
There is a short stretch of road without asphalt just before Laas Geel.
Laas Geel rock exterior
Laas Geel rock exterior.
We have arrived to Laas Geel
We have arrived to Laas Geel.
Deserted surroundings
Deserted surroundings.
We have left the car at this place
We have left the car at this place.
The mountain of Laas Geel and the wall of the visitor's center building
The mountain of Laas Geel and the wall of the visitor's center building.
Figures of Laas Geel: human representations, Somaliland style bovine and Ethiopian style bovine
Figures of Laas Geel: human representations, Somaliland style bovine and Ethiopian style bovine.
The site of Laas Geel
The site of Laas Geel.
Archaeological test pits in shelter 7 and rock art in Somaliland
Archaeological test pits in shelter 7 and rock art in Somaliland.
Organisation of the archaeological research and support
Organisation of the archaeological research and support.
Message to tourists
Message to tourists.
The stairway leads to the complex of caves and rock shelters
The stairway leads to the complex of caves and rock shelters.
Various rock art
Various rock art.
French archaeological team discovered the isolated Laas Geel caves in 2002
French archaeological team discovered the isolated Laas Geel caves in 2002.
Depiction of a ceremonial cow
Depiction of a ceremonial cow.
Laas Geel cave paintings in Somaliland have an outstanding quality, archaeologists say
Laas Geel cave paintings in Somaliland have an outstanding quality, archaeologists say.
Long-horned cattle and other rock art in the Laas Geel complex
Long-horned cattle and other rock art in the Laas Geel complex.
The necks of the cows are embellished with a kind of plastron
The necks of the cows are embellished with a kind of plastron.
The dry climate has helped preserve the ancient rock art, depicting nomadic life more than 5,000 years ago
The dry climate has helped preserve the ancient rock art, depicting nomadic life more than 5,000 years ago.
The Laas Geel caves can reached by the road to the port city of Berbera
The Laas Geel caves can reached by the road to the port city of Berbera.
The caves are located in 3 miles off the main road between Hargeisa and Berbera
The caves are located in 3 miles off the main road between Hargeisa and Berbera.
French archaeologists say the Laas Geel cave paintings are at least 5,000 years old and possibly twice that age
French archaeologists say the Laas Geel cave paintings are at least 5,000 years old and possibly twice that age.
In the Somali language, Laas Geel means “where the camels once watered”
In the Somali language, Laas Geel means “where the camels once watered”.
I am on a background of the depiction of a ceremonial cow
I am on a background of the depiction of a ceremonial cow.
Few of the paintings show giraffes, dogs, antelopes, camels and other animals
Few of the paintings show giraffes, dogs, antelopes, camels and other animals.
Some of the paintings show the indigenous nomadic people worshipping cows
Some of the paintings show the indigenous nomadic people worshipping cows.
This cave art is among the oldest found in Africa
This cave art is among the oldest found in Africa.
This incredible archaeological find deserves to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site
This incredible archaeological find deserves to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Depiction of a skinny horned cow
Depiction of a skinny horned cow.
A human and a cow
A human and a cow.
This precious repository of ancient rock art lacks the good highway road signs
This precious repository of ancient rock art lacks the good highway road signs.
Laas Geel could become a major tourist attraction and economic boost to Somaliland
Laas Geel could become a major tourist attraction and economic boost to Somaliland.
Guards of the Laas Geel complex
Guards of the Laas Geel complex.
The Laas Geel caves are located about 37 miles northeast of Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa
The Laas Geel caves are located about 37 miles northeast of Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa.
Such a view will open before your eyes from the mountain of Laas Geel
Such a view will open before your eyes from the mountain of Laas Geel.
One of the alcoves at Laas Geel
One of the alcoves at Laas Geel.
A part of an ancient world
A part of an ancient world.
The Neolithic Laas Geel cave paintings are similar to the Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings near Montignac, France
The Neolithic Laas Geel cave paintings are similar to the Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings near Montignac, France.
A herd of cows
A herd of cows.
This cave art also resembles the Spain cave paintings
This cave art also resembles the Spain cave paintings.
You may sit and rest here for a while, contemplating the landscapes of Somaliland
You may sit and rest here for a while, contemplating the landscapes of Somaliland.
Sweeping view of the surrounding countryside from the Laas Geel mountain
Sweeping view of the surrounding countryside from the Laas Geel mountain.
The dry and stony plain landscape that makes up much of Somaliland nowadays
The dry and stony plain landscape that makes up much of Somaliland nowadays.
One of the things that inspired me to go to Somaliland was the recently discovered painted caves of Laas Geel
One of the things that inspired me to go to Somaliland was the recently discovered painted caves of Laas Geel.
The entire interior of the shelter is covered with figures
The entire interior of the shelter is covered with figures.
The painted caves of Laas Geel are actually rock shelters
The painted caves of Laas Geel are actually rock shelters.
The local guide leads us scrambling over the hillside to find more shelters
The local guide leads us scrambling over the hillside to find more shelters.
Opuntia shrub grows on the slope
Opuntia shrub grows on the slope.
Nomads we passed a mile back would draw the same images if they could pluck up the courage to enter the shelter
Nomads we passed a mile back would draw the same images if they could pluck up the courage to enter the shelter.
Hundreds of magnificent rock art paintings adorn the walls of several interconnected caves and shelters
Hundreds of magnificent rock art paintings adorn the walls of several interconnected caves and shelters.
Colourful walls
Colourful walls.
Top part of an ordinary rock shelter
Top part of an ordinary rock shelter.
Succulent plant with four ribs
Succulent plant with four ribs.
The steep slope of Laas Geel
The steep slope of Laas Geel.
Some paintings exceed one metre in length and their state of preservation is exceptional
Some paintings exceed one metre in length and their state of preservation is exceptional.
Depiction of a cow with an extraordinarily decorated neck
Depiction of a cow with an extraordinarily decorated neck.
The majority of the paintings at Laas Geel depict cattle
The majority of the paintings at Laas Geel depict cattle.
Is it the bull mating with the cow?
Is it the bull mating with the cow?
Depiction of a representative of small livestock
Depiction of a representative of small livestock.
Even the cactus looks almost dry, but there is nothing unusual in these deserted conditions
Even the cactus looks almost dry, but there is nothing unusual in these deserted conditions.
Neolithic rock art
Neolithic rock art.
Prehistoric rock art
Prehistoric rock art.
Was this painting a neolithic equivalent of nowadays graffiti?
Was this painting a neolithic equivalent of nowadays graffiti?
Somaliland in general is home to numerous such archaeological sites
Somaliland in general is home to numerous such archaeological sites.
Human and animal figures
Human and animal figures.
Laas Geel is a complex of caves and rock shelters in the Somaliland
Laas Geel is a complex of caves and rock shelters in the Somaliland.
Laas Geel is the most popular tourist attraction in Somaliland
Laas Geel is the most popular tourist attraction in Somaliland.
The stark beauty of the desert landscape
The stark beauty of the desert landscape.