The name Nyakasura comes from the word Ekisura which in Rutooro means salt. The area has a lot of streams, lakes, waterfalls which are all salty, hence the name Nyakasura which means place of salt. Nyakasura is located seven kilometres from Fort Portal Town on Fort portal-Bundibudgyo road. It is found in Bukuku Sub-county, Burahya County in Kabarole District. The village is home to the famous Amabera ga Nyina Mwiru sites which tourists visit bringing in revenue for the district. It stands between a couple of streams, water falls, volcanoes and is close to the Rwenzori Mountains which give it the best scenery. The town also receives a cool breeze all day due to the surrounding swamps, lakes and streams.
The name Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru translates as ‘breasts of Nyinamiru’ with Nyinamwiru being the daughter of a local king who had her breasts cut off to make her less attractive to men. This because she refused to marry the man her father chose for her and the punishment was cutting off her breasts for disrespecting her father. This plan failed and the king, Bukuku of Toro hid her in the cave. However with her allure still strong she became pregnant to the Batembuzi King Isaza and later gave birth to their son Ndahura.
Later on, she was unable to breast feed the son herself and used what looked like milk dripping from the stalactites which appeared milky because of its calcium content. Ndahura went onto Bukuku’s throne that was rightfully Isaza’s. Ndahura went on to form one of the great empires of the Great Lakes area of Africa.
The caves are worth a visit only as part of an extended walk in the area which would also take part of an extended walk in the area which would also take in the waterfall at Amabeere as well as the three local Crater lakes. This site is overwhelmingly spectacular. It houses many caves, waterfalls and a hot spring. The caves, approximately 10 km from Fort Portal, are known for their quite unusual formations of stunning stalagmites and stalactites that resemble breasts and have a milky like substance that drips after every 25 seconds.