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Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves

Location Of The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves

The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are situated about 32 kilometers from Kibale National Park, west of Fort Portal city. It is the reputable birthplace of the founding King of the legendary Bachwezi people, called Ndahura.

Brief History & Background Of The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru

The Amabere Caves are named after the live stalactite formation Amabere ga Nyinamwiru (literally, Breasts of Nyinamwiru), which supposedly resemble the twin breasts of a woman.

The woman in question is Nyinamwiru, a legendary princess who most likely lived in the 14th century and is said to have been beautiful that no man could leave her alone.

When Nyinamwiru’s father King Bukuku became weary of receiving marital requests from unsuitable suitors, he took the extreme measure of cutting off his daughter’s breasts in order to make her less attractive.

But even this proved to be insufficient to deter Nyinamwiru’s many admirers, so the king hid her away in the cave now known as Amabere.

Here, she was discovered by the Batembuzi King Isaza, who impregnated her with a son. Since Nyinamwiru lacked breasts herself, she stayed in the cave with her baby, feeding him on the cloudy limestone ‘milk’ that drips from its stalactites.

The child nurtured by the stalactite formation would grow up to become king Ndahura, founder of the Bachwezi dynasty that rules over the Bunyoro Kitara Empire centuries ago.

However, after he abdicated in favor of his son Wamala, Ndahura retired back to his birthplace, where his footprints can still reputedly be seen in the vicinity of Amabeere Cave.

Amabere is today a popular goal for a day hike. The main cave is very small and it is supported by several pillar-like formations of connected stalactites and stalagmites.

Alongside it, you can stand on the moss-covered rocks behind a powerful small waterfall and watch ice-cold water plunge down right in front of you.

The riparian forest around the waterfall is rattling with birds, and it supports black and white colobus monkeys.

From Amabere, 10-12 minutes walk northeast leads to Kigere Crater lake. Kigere means footprint and this lake are said to have formed in the footprint of Nyinamwiru. The lake is encircled by dense stands of plantains and palms and is safe for swimming.

About 2 kilometers from there is located Nyakasura School founded by an eccentric Scotsman in 1926 and whose male students still wear kilts (a garment resembling a knee-length skirt).

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