This superb hike is a must for those with a penchant for archaeology, as it feels like you’re catching a time machine into the prehistoric past.
It takes you to a site that was uncovered by a team of French archaeologists in 2008, some 30km northeast of Randa.
It’s a tiring hike but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular landscapes consisting of undulating rocky hills, small gorges, barren ridges and vast expanses of chaotic boulders.
Reached after about 3½ hours, the site features well-preserved rock engravings dating back to the Neolithic.
They’re striking both for their rich complexity and their incredible variety; many of the engravings depict animals that are no longer found in the area giraffes, cows, antelopes, kudus, oryxes and ostriches. Human figures are also represented.
The usual starting point for the hike is the tiny Afar settlement of Giba Gebiley, about 22km north of Randa. You’ll need a rented 4WD with driver to get here. From Giba Gebi-ley, allow eight hours there and back.
There are no facilities at all, so bring several litres of water, as well as a hat and plenty of sunscreens.