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Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are also known as Nyakasura Caves. It’s a unique cultural site a must-visit on top of your Chimpanzee Uganda safari in Kibale National Park.
This amazing natural wonder is situated in Fort Portal town within the Nyakasura region, 32km from Kibale Forest National Park.
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is a strong cultural heritage site among the Batooro the main tribe in this area.
The name Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru interprets as “the breasts of Nyinamwiru”.
There is a legend that has it that, Nyinamwiru’s breasts were cut off by his father King Bukuku, and thrown in the caves. This was due to her refusal to get married to a man her father had selected for her.
On your Uganda tour in Nyakasura caves, you’ll witness the breast-like features hanging under the roof of the cave dripping a whitish substance. Locals believe that these are the breasts of Nyinamwiru flowing.
However, geography has it that, these are stalactites and stalagmites formed as a result of chemical reactions in the area.
On top of your Uganda cultural tours in Nyakasura, you’ll also enjoy other attractions. Some of them include an incredible footprint of a demi-god, scenic crater lakes, a waterfall, etc.
The other outstanding attraction is a cave full of breast-like features (stalagmites and stalagmites). Can’t be spotted anywhere on your safaris in Uganda!
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Location
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave is situated in Western Uganda, about 10km outside Fort Portal town.
It’s just near Nyakasura College, an eccentric Scotsman School, whose male students still wear kilts! (An attire resembling a knee-length skirt).
Nyakasura Caves are about 32km from Kibale National Park- the prime spot for Chimpanzee safaris in Uganda.
Incredible Cultural History About The Formation Of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru
There is an amazing cultural history attached to the formation of Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves. It’s an interesting fable (myth) strongly believed in by Batooro (the main tribe in this area). This exciting tale has been passed over for generations!
Below is the great history attached to the formation of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru caves.
Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru is a local dialect simply meaning the “breasts of Nyinamwiru”.
This lovely cultural site (Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru cave) was named after Nyinamwiru, a beautiful daughter of King Bukuku whom every man could admire!
Bukuku was a great famous rich man and a King of the Batembuzi Dynasty around the 14th century. These people are believed to have been demigods, with supernatural powers! They could vanish in the air frequently.
Please note that the current Tooro and Bunyoro Kingdoms are believed to have originated from Batembuzi Dynasty.
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru’s story is built on Nyinamwiru’s refusal to marry a man that his father “King Bukuku” had chosen for her. During that era (14th century), it was a norm to get a husband to marry a princess!
Nyinamwiru’s disobedience maddened his father “the King” and his subjects got so embarrassed, wondering how someone could disobey the King!
As a result, the King ordered her breasts to be cut off and get thrown into the cave. This was intended to make her never get married to any man she desired and never be able to feed the children.
Historically, it’s assumed that the scenic rocks in this cave represent her breasts which are still oozing out milk up to date!
While on your Uganda cultural tour in the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru cave area, you shouldn’t be amazed by a local guide telling you a different legend!
There’re numerous folktales built up to explain the cultural importance of this site to the Tooro Kingdom.
Another Myth Goes Like
These caves got named after King Bukuku’s order of cutting off the breasts of her daughter– Nyina Mwiru and get thrown within.
This was done following the prophecy the King had got.
The prophecy said that the King’s daughter would marry and produce a son (Ndahura) who would kill the King and take over the throne.
King Bukuku was not happy with this prophecy. Therefore, he chopped off the breasts of her daughter in a try of deforming her so that men wouldn’t fall for her! Little did he know that the girl was already pregnant.
The Geographical Formation Of Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave
Geography explains that these amazing breast–like features hanging on the roof of Amabere cave with a whitish substance dripping are simply stalagmites and stalactites.
They’re formed as a result of chemical reactions between water and Limestone in the area.
The results of this reaction are the finger-like features that the locals call Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru (the breasts of Nyinamwiru).
Attractions Within Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave Area
While undertaking a cultural experience in the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru area, you’ll encounter various unique attractions. Some of them include the following:
The Unique Cave Boasting Stalactites And Stalagmites- (Breast-like Features)
A unique cave full of stalactites and stalagmites in Amabere cave is truly a natural wonder and a must not miss!
Visitors on safaris in Uganda can only encounter this unique feature in the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru cave area.
On your visit, a local expert guide will share with you the fascinating cultural history attached to these pillar-like features.
Please, note the whitish milky substance dripping.
Locally, they’re called Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru “the breasts of Nyina Mwiru”.
The Beautiful Crater Lakes Within Amabere Area
Visitors exploring Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru cave are encouraged never to miss reaching these scenic Uganda crater lakes in the Nyakasura area.
These crater lakes in fort portal are about a 10-20 minute walk from Amabere cave, just in Nyakasura hills. They’re 3 crater lakes including:
- Lake Kigere: Lake Kigere is the most popular lake in the Nyakasura area. Kigere is a local dialect “meaning a foot”. This is due to its unique physical appearance resembling that of a man.
It’s believed that Lake Kigere might have formed in the footprint of Nyinamwiru. This amazing lake is surrounded by dense plantains and palms. It’s safe for swimming.
- Lake Wabikele, meaning a lake of Frogs.
- And Lake Saaka where locals undertake fishing from.
Note: On reaching the hilltop of Nyakasura crater lakes, you’ll have great views of the surrounding. Among the notable features include the Rwenzori Mountains, simply called the Mountains of the moon.
Incredible Foot Prints Of The Demi-God
On your Uganda trip to Nyakasura caves, don’t miss out on visiting the giant footprints of a demi-god.
These massive footprints are believed to be for Ndahura as he was retiring back to his place of birth. This was after his abdication in favour of his son Wamala.
During the visit, your local expert guide will share with you the fascinating history attached to this cultural site.
The Lush Green Forests Around The Water Fall
On your visit to the Nyakasura caves area, you’ll enjoy the scenic views of the lush riparian forest around the cave.
Along the trail to the cave, you’ll spot several Uganda bird species including the Great Blue Turaco. On a lucky day, you can encounter the Black-and-white Colobus Monkeys.
Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave is a great cultural attraction and a must not miss for all visitors undertaking Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National.
This site is also ideal for visitors undertaking safaris in Queen Eliabeth National Park and Semuli National Park.
It’s a memorable stopover that must not be missed on your itinerary!
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FAQs About Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves
How To Get To Amabeere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave?
Visitors on Uganda safaris can access Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Cave easily! This amazing cultural site is usually accompanied by Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale for a memorable experience.
- From For Portal town, these caves are just about a 10km drive west of the town taking less than 30 minutes drive.
- From Kibale National Park, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are over 32km taking about a 1-hour drive.
What Cultural Importance Is Behind The Myth Of The Formation Of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves?
Among the Batooro People, the legend of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru inspires young people to always follow their elder’s instructions.
They shouldn’t be disobedient like Nyinamwiru. She lost her breasts due to her stubbornness!
Why Visit Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves On Your Uganda Tour?
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is a strong amazing cultural heritage site among the Batooro people of Uganda. This is one of the cultural sites in Uganda still preserving the ancient history of the 14 century.
On a visit, you’ll get amazed by the myth of a furious King Bukuku, who cut off her daughter’s breasts.
This was due to her refusal to get married to a man that the King had selected for her. After, he ordered the breasts to be thrown in the cave.
Of now, the cave holds breast-like features which ooze out a whitish substance. The locals call it “the breasts of Nyina Mwiru”.
Why Are These Caves Called Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru?
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru cave acquired its name after King Bukuku’s deadly action of cutting off her daughter’s (Nyinamwiru) breasts. After, he ordered them to be thrown in the cave.
This was due to her refusal to get married to a man the King had selected for her.
Up to date, this cave holds breast-like features oozing a milky substance! Locals call it “the breasts of Nyinamwiru” locally translated as, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru.
What To Pack And Wear While Vising Nyakasura Caves?
Visitors on Uganda tours to Nyakasura Caves, should have the following:
- Comfortable hiking boots: These shoes protect you from unnecessary slides while on nature walks.
- A camera: This is a must-have gadget on your Uganda safari as it will help you take photos for feature memories
- Insect repellents: This will guard you against mosquitoes as the caves are found in the rainforest.
- A rain jacket: Please, it’s ideal that you move with a light rain jacket to safeguard you in case it rains.
- Sunscreens &, a hut: These are vital as they’ll protect you from the strong scorching sunlight of Africa.
- Long-sleeved shirts and trousers: During nature walks in the jungle, such an outfit protects your delicate skin from cuts.
6. What Is The Best Time To Visit Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Area?
All year round, Uganda trips to Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru can be done. However, the best time is during the dry months of June-August and December-February when the trail is drier.
During the dry season, there are also minimum chances of rainfall to inconvenience the hikes.
In March-May and September-November rains tend to be much. Thus, trails become a bit slippery and challenging.