Mabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is more than a place, it's a way of life
If you are searching for historical attractions with legendary stories that are reminiscent of Roman mythology, narrow down your search to Mabere Ga Nyina Mwiru.
It is a cultural and Eco-tourism gem with very impressive physical features that will never leave you the same. You can think of Fort Portal as one of Uganda's most scenic towns, lying in the shadows of Mountain Rwenzori in Wester Uganda.
During this tour, you will follow underground trails that lead into chambers of ancient caves made of solid lava ash. Created as a result of volcanic eruptions that rocked Virunga region over 500 years ago, these natural caves are well preserved, with zero interference from humans. As such, they still possess beautiful rock formations. This includes a thriving system of bristling stalactites hanging from the rocks overhead, and stalagmites surging up from the ground.
According to science, they were formed when calcium carbonate reacted with water from an adjacent waterfall that flows from Uganda's highest Mountain, Rwenzori. The bi-product of this reaction is a milky substance that drips from the "tits" of rock formations that resemble breasts. "That is how locals came to call it Amebere Ga Nyina Mwiru, meaning the breasts of Nyina Mwiru."says Ignatius, one of the guides here
However according to historical stories passed from generation to generations, the "breasts" were cut off from the chest of a beautiful mutooro girl called Nyinamwiru. This followed the orders of her father King Bukuku of Toro, a decision based on a prophecy that she would one day get married and have a son, Ndahura, who would kill the king and take over his throne.
A hike through Mabere Ga Nyina Mwiru will enable you absorb the area's extraordinary wildlife and fascinating history of the Bachwezi dynasty. This heroic tribe of Bantu cattle keepers lived here prior to their mysterious disappearance prior to 19th century.
As you stand by the permanent waterfall, you will be blown away by the steaming sound and cold breeze.
Throughout this family friendly tour, the guide will help you safely navigate through a labyrinth of caves and appreciate all their unique features. You can crown your guided visit here with a hike to the neighbouring Kalyango hills and Kyenganywa hill. From their summits, you will see some of the most scenic crater lakes of Africa.
The hike is gentle and manageable by people with minimum levels of fitness. Don't be surprised to run into travelers recovering from a hip surgery. If they can do it, so can you and your child!
What to know
If traveling in peak rainy months like April, bring a pair of waterproof shoes like gumboots. The trail gets quite messy with a lot of water and mud during this time. If you get wet, they will give you a chance to shower and change afterwards at the cottage here.
The tour costs 7,500Ugx for locals and 10,000 Ugx for non -Ugandans.