Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru
Fort Portal’s Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru
Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru is a remarkable historical site located in western Uganda in Fort portal district. It is a good stopover while on your tour to Uganda`s National parks mainly; Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee trekking, Semuliki national park for an Africa safari visit to the hot springs or a Uganda birding safari. Also travelling to Queen Elizabeth national park for a wildlife safari and boat excursion can make an en-route stop to visit the site.
Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru is a rock formed as a result stalagmites and stalactites information which we leave for the geographers, researchers and historians to enjoy the cultural stories attached to this cave. It has very interesting views nestled between several trees and a beautiful water falls.
For you who are passionate about culture, Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru have a rich cultural history attached to these rocks which form scenic caves with refreshing waterfalls caused by the various streams of water above the caves. The area is occupied by the Batoro (one of the tribes of the people of Uganda) who have strong belief about the history that is attached to these caves with a very interesting myth that has since been told about them through generations.
- Best visited in dry season
- Uganda, East Africa
- Can rain any time
- Good fitness level required
History of the Amabere
According to the Batoro history, their king Bukuku had a daughter called Nyina Mwiru- from whom these caves were named. Bukuku was the ancient king of the Batembuzi Dynasty which ruked the area at that time and they were seen and believed to be demi gods by the rest of the Batoro people (their subjects), sometimes disappearing to the underground. Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru can be loosely translated as the “breasts of Nyina Mwiru”.
Nyinamwiru (the princess) was a very beautiful young lady who had a very strong personality and character. King Bukuku (her father) had chosen for her a man to marry and she refused as was the custom in the day preferring to choose her own spouse. The king and his subjects were so infuriated and could not understand how anyone could go against the king`s decision.
Her father then ordered that Nyinamwiru`s breasts be cut off because of her disobedience. Cutting off her breasts meant that she would never get married to any man of her choice and she would never nurse children.
It is strongly believed that the princess` breasts were dumped here and since then, they have been oozing milk and that it is breast milk which flows from the streams in these rocks.
After experiencing this rich history and site of the Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru, visitors can then hike to the peak of Nyakasura hill which gives strenuous views of three stunning crater lakes and a visit to the marking of a very large foot which is believed to belong to one of the last Batembuzi Dynasty who were giants.