Climbing Down Into An Open Cave At Amabere Ga Nyima Wiru
Near Fort Portal and a day after completing the chimp trek in Kibale National Forest, I was shown a place called Amabere Ga Nyinam Wiru, an open cave steeped in local legend. If you don’t know where you are going, you would miss the entrance to the park, the caves and the hidden gems to be found, such as the caves, the waterfall, the stalagmites and stalactites.
When touring a place like Uganda, it is important to be guided by a local who knows of all these amazing hidden spots, such as Amabere Ga Nyimam Wiru and I am grateful to my friend and guide @Venex Watebawa of @Rwenzori Safaris for showing me this beautiful place.
Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru means “the breasts of Nyina Mwiru. The legend surrounds King Bukuku of Toro a region in Western Uganda. He chopped off the breasts of his daughter Nyina Mwiru and threw them into the caves, following a prophecy that came to him in his dreams that said his daughrer would marry, have a son that would then kill the King and take over his throne.
While the prophecy did come true, there is a scientific explanation for the so-called breast like stalactities that are apparent in the caves. They are a mix of calcium carbonate blended with water, which drips down from the rain that comes from being an open cave. The local people refer to it as “breast milk”.
You first go through a jungle path where the guide leads you through and you are seeing butterflies, flowers, birds and even smaller insects that are not so small. All of a sudden you come to an entry way that you climb down through into the open cave. We got to walk behind the waterfall and across the rocks (slippery when wet) to get a handheld shot of the waterfalls by lying down on the rocks. We also saw the breast-like milky structures that if you look closely also can look like faces of different animals.
Below are images of the waterfalls, the stalactities and the breast-like structures as well as our guide that took us through.
On our tour, we will visit Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru – check out our tour here at https://www.triplefphototours.ca and book your spot with us today for our next trip June 2-16, 2019.