Situated in Fort Portal-Toro Kingdom western Uganda, Amabere Caves and Fort Portal Crater Lake fields feature among the most incredible tourist attractions that are worth exploring while on cultural safari in Uganda. Amabere G’Nyinamwiru caves come with the old breast like features which also have cultural and geographical attachment depending which direction you will view them.
The word Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru traditionally denotes breasts of Nyinamwiru-the breasts of the legendary daughter of the self enthroned king of the Bachwezi (King Bukuku) who succeeded the throne after the disappearance of Ishaza to underground world while following the beautiful cows which were sent as traps by Nyamiyonga the king of underground.
Bukuku was previously a gate keeper and who was left as the care taker of the palace at a time Ishaza succeeded as he delayed and a fact that he knew that he wasn’t from the royal lineage and hence not supposed to take over any kingship, he became suspicious and he knew that at one point he would be overthrown.
The fortune tellers foretold him that he would be overthrown by his own grand child whom his daughter Nyinamwiru gave birth to. Due to this, he became bitter with his daughter and decided to remove one eye in that men couldn’t get attracted to her.
He also constructed a strong enclosure whose only entrance was via the house of Bukuku and this meant that no one could pass via his house to access the enclosure where Nyinamwiru was put. However, regardless of all the efforts invested, the son of Ishaza called Isimbwa came back from the foreign land where his father had disappeared from and fell in love and hence lived there to abandon his Kingship.
Isimbwa later came while looking for his father’s kingship and later arrived at the palace. He was informed about Bukuku daughter and together with his aide; they constructed a long ladder that they used to climbing over the enclosure of Nyinamwiru.
He later got into the enclosure, slept with Nyinamwiru for some days and later left her when she was pregnant. She gave birth to Ndahura although her father vowed not to allow the child to live. After some time to let the child to have milk teeth as it was abominable to kill a child who hasn’t yet grown teeth, he was put on the banks of the nearby stream to roll himself into it though fortunately the child was saved by the local porter known Rubimbwa who took care of the abandoned child up to the time when he became old and led the death of his grandfather Bukuku which made him regain his ancestral drum. Ndahura established a strong Chwezi empire which covered larger areas of the Great Lakes Africa whose archeological remains are best explored by travelers till now while on safari in Uganda.
Locals were also allowed to explore more about the Nyinamwiru’s breast like features with its milky substance dripping as she didn’t have any baby to breastfeed. This cultural treasure comes with rich history that is worth adding in your bucket list.
Geographically, Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru feature among the most remarkable natural wonders that come with stalagmites and stalactites as well as calcium carbonate dripping on the ground to make the breast like pillars that most locals regard as breasts. Apart from Amabere caves, you can as well, pay a visit to the popular Fort Portal Crater Lake field that features numerous Crater hollows most of which are covered by water to make up the Crater Lakes like Lake Bikere, Kigere and Saaka that also come with stunning sceneries. While at this area, never miss to pay a visit to the Kyegangwa hill that offers exceptional panoramic views of the Lakes and the empty hollows in and around the area as well as the legendary mountains of the moon.
For the most enjoyable hiking safaris to these caves, you will need to have long trousers, better hiking boots, long sleeved shirts/T-shirt, rain jacket, backpack, bottled water, hat, snacks and many others. The Amabere caves are situated about seven kilometers off Fort Portal town next to Kibale Forest National Park.
In conclusion, Amabere caves feature among the very few most culturally endowed sites in Uganda for visitors to explore a lot about the local cultures and legends and pay a visit to its magnificent crater Lakes. For visitors on primate safaris to Kibale Forest National Park, Amabere caves should be a must to include in your travel itinerary.