One of the richest rock art areas in Kenya is the semi- desert region in the far north, now part of Marsabit County. Here, only 100 miles South of Ethiopia is a small mountain, Afgaba, sacred to the Gabbra inhabitants where hundreds of rock engravings can be found in a secret valley, believed to be several thousand years old.

TARA first recorded art here around 20 years ago and since then has worked with the local community to help promote the area for cultural tourism.

Working with the National Museums and the county authorities TARA helped organise a number of cultural festivals in the region at which visits to the rock engravings has been one of the main attractions. The income derived from these festivals has been of great importance to the community. 

Visitors from Kalacha Cultural Festival at the Afgaba rock art site

Read more about the land, people and rock art of Northern Kenya in this publication.