Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru Caves

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.

Tips for Planning a Family Trip in Uganda

Family trips in Uganda have become the most sought after experience today. It is one way of enjoying your outdoor activities with your dear ones and children. Most visitors tend to opt for solo travel or simply go when they are two as a couple. Taking a family vacation binds you and your family members.

Uganda is the best and perfect area for you to travel to with your family. There is a lot more to enjoy including the vast savanna national parks which inhabit a number of wildlife species amazing rolling hills, mountains especially the snow capped Rwenzori Mountain ranges, people and culture and many more. Not to forget adrenaline adventures in Jinja especially the zip lining, quad biking, white water rafting, Nile jet, horse back riding, bungee jumping and many others. To have the most successful family trip in Uganda is challenging. But below are some of the tips to guide you through the entire planning process for your family trip in Uganda.

Base on the experience guide and prominent tour company

If you are looking for the trusted and reliable tour companies in Uganda, simply contact the agency offices and you will make your dreams to come true in Africa. They must be registered with the Ministry of tourism and heritage as well as full members of Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Make sure that the tour company you choose has experienced guides to offer you that long awaited experience of lifetime. They must be well versed with the rules of the national parks and they are able to explain in details about various wildlife species while on game drive in any of the savanna protected areas.

Check out the beauty of the safari car

Family Safari Vehicle

Getting on a family trip in Uganda goes beyond the large number of travelers. The happiness is based on who plans it. This means that you need to hire a 4×4 safari car that is comfortable for your family members while on a road trip in Uganda. We have a wide range of safari cars for you to select including Safari Land Cruisers, Safari Vans, Nissan Patrol and many more. Book a car depending on the size of travelers and which one makes you comfortable. For instance, if you have game drives in your safari, then you need a safari car with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing and this must be a 4×4 car because the roads to parks are not in good condition.

Choose the area you want to visit

Choosing the best site for your trip depends on what other members of the family are interested in. In case you are taking a trip with children 12 years and they are more than the adults, traveling for primate experience may not be allowed. You have to be keen and choose areas that cover all interests of travelers.

Plan in advance

Given the fact that your interest lies in family trips, planning should be conducted as early as possible. You need to make sure that each person on the trip qualifies for the trip in the destination. Check through the travel documents and find out the details of their validity. This also allows you have proper calculated.

Get to know weather condition

Google search and find out the state of weather in Uganda before traveling. At times rainy season is not that convenient for one to navigate especially for the muddy roads where most of the tourist attractions in Uganda are located. Contact a local car rental agency or tour operator and find out the suitable season of the year to plan your safari. Uganda’s tourism is largely conducted around the dry season which is the best time to go primate and game drive safaris in tropical rain forests and savanna grasslands respectively.

Following the above tips, to your family trip in Uganda successful, you need to consider various tips to guide you some of which have been listed above. To rent a reliable, comfortable and perfect safari vehicle for family trips in Uganda, simply contact our head offices and we shall be of great help to you.

The Batwa Trail Experience in Uganda

For quite a long time till of late when the Batwa the pygmy community were displaced from the thick rain forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga in south western Uganda that are famously known for mountain gorilla trekking safaris. The forests where a self contained home to these pygmies, they got fundamentals of life right in the Forest, for example shelter, sustenance by hunting, medicine by use of traditional herbs.

The Batwa People (Pygmies)

The Batwa People (Pygmies)

Who are the Batwa Pygmies?

The Batwa are the group of the hunting people who lived all their lives hunting animals and gathering fruits and honey for nourishment. The Batwa come form the word ‘twa’ which implies dwarf and additionally refers to short forest people who lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks bordering Rwanda & Democratic Republic of Congo. By stature, the Batwas are noticeably short something like 4feet in tallness and carried on with a Stone Age life. They hunted small animals using poison bows and arrows. They also lived in small shelter made with leaves between big tree limbs for protection from predators. They use to move place to place within the forest in search for food, water and new homes, that is to say they where nomads in nature. They used hard wood and stones to light fire, cutting and digging.

How the Batwa life changed?

In the end Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Forest were gazetted into National Parks in 1992 deliberately to secure the rare and endangered mountain gorillas yet this was not in the favour of the Batwa people who knew no other home however the Forest, they had to begin a whole new life from what they were using to for eras. Great news is much as they can no more leave in the forest, they have an opportunity to go back this time an income generating visit to the forest throughout the Batwa trail when they get to demonstrate to tourists how they once lived.

What happens during the Batwa Trail?

This activity was a thought of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the seniors dressed backcloth heads you to the forest to the trails they once knew and reveal to you how they lived in the woods, you get to see their small shelters, show how they hunted and lit fire, how they used herbs for medicine, and this adventure ends at the holy Ngarama Cave which was a palace for their King.

This is the thing that you will encounter.

Spooky singing echoes in the Ngarama Cave enjoy traditional exhibitions, a forest stroll with amazing perspectives of the national park, watch how fire is lit without a matchbox or lighter and so much more.

Why your Visit is Important

By tourists taking this activity, you significantly help the welfare of the Batwa people. In the first they feel at euphoria when they come back to the forest their former home this gives them affectionate memories and satisfaction. Also the fee you pay goes back to the community helping to enhance the standard of living by building and maintaining schools, hospital and clinics, water and sanitation projects.

Thirdly all pygmies who partake in the Batwa trail activity whether by guiding or making exhibitions are paid, this method they earn a living and to cater to families. It’s extremely significant that when you arrange a cheap Uganda safari try to include the Batwa trail, your visits means a lot to this community or forest exiles.

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