Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru caves are a great historical and cultural site for the Batoro people in Fort portal city western Uganda. The caves are located in Nyakasura, about 10km from Fort portal city in Kabarole District off Bundibugyo road.
The Amabere caves are a unique tourist attraction made of stalactites and stalagmites which are natural features. There is a great cultural and historical myth attached to these caves that they are the breasts of Nyina Mwiru a direct translation of Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru.
It is believed that king Bukuku of the batembuzi dynasty had a daughter called Nyinamwiru who went against the father’s will to marry the man he had chosen for her as it was a custom.
The king was so annoyed that he ordered that her breasts be cut off as a punishment for her disobedience so that she would never get married or nurse children. Her breasts were then thrown in the caves and so these caves are believed to be Nyinamwiru’s breasts oozing milk from the day they were cut. The caves have stalactites and stalagmites that are in shape of women’s breasts.
Visiting Amabere caves is so rewarding especially for cultural and historical tourists. There are many other tourist attractions around the caves which visitors can see and these include the explosion crater lakes like lake Kigere, Lake Nyabikyere and the waterfalls that locals call the natural shower.
The Amabere caves in fort portal can be visited as part of a tour itinerary to Kibale national park for chimpanzee tracking or a tour to Semuliki national park to see the Sempaya hot springs, alternatively on a tour to Queen Elizabeth national park for the tree climbing lions and boat cruise on Kazinga channel.
Amabere ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are visited at any time of the year and for nature lovers this is the place to be. Visitors are led by a local guide who give all the information about the caves and the surrounding areas.