|Bomb squad on the lookout|
|Countryside outside Hargeisa|
|Cow with udders|
We move off at a fine pace across the sandy, yellow grass savanna, with plenty of low green bushes, copses of trees and reddish termite castles. Just after the last and before the next of umpteen police check barriers, a large troop of baboons under the command of a huge male lope across the road in a show of spontaneous symbolism.
Stone Age da Vinci - Large rock overhangs on outcroppings on the vast savanna make a natural shelter against the elements on the 4,000-foot high plateau where 7,000 to 10,000 years ago some artistically inclined cavemen felt their home needed a make-over. They set to work with the rock minerals at hand - deep red, white, yellow – and produced some truly remarkably paintings. OK, the Mona Lisa, or Last Supper it ain't, but then old Leonardo had some 6,500 to 9,500 years of technological advances to work with.
|Cow on rock, with Mohammed standing guard|
|Man in shirt and trousers|
|Man with dog (Dino?)|
|Four dancing figures|
|Cow with man|
|Cow with horns and stick-figure head|
|More rock paintings|
|View from cave over to other cave painting sites|