There is a big stone cave in Kabale District in South Western Uganda. Located some 7Km outside Kabale Town at a place called Nyakagyera, this cave is possibly one of the largest in Uganda. The entrance is 15 metres wide. From the entrance to innermost point is 30 metres. The highest point inside the cave is 10 metres. The cave is covered by creeping plants hanging on its entrance. at the top there is vegetation and trees.
According to the current owner, Kajura Micheal (75), the cave has has stayed the same since he saw it when he was young. He says it was originally owned by his uncle who stayed in it with his three wives. It was the main place of abode. He said his uncle bequeathed the cave to him when he was dying. He has since taken care of it since then. Asked whether he has plans of selling the cave, Kajura says, he has no plans of selling it because it’s a tourist attraction. A few tourists come to visit the cave once in a while. School children too come for trips at the cave.
Kabale District administration has had plans to take over the cave, but they have not been successful. Located at the foothills of Kaharo hills, the small dusty road from Muyumbu stops right at the entrance of the cave. Not many people are aware about this gem including local district residents. The cave remains easily accessible. people and cattle take shelter in it during rainy seasons. There is no infrastructure around the cave. The current owner’s house is just below the cave. The nearest neighbours are are a distance away. The cave looks abandoned with very few people who visit once in a while.
The price of land on which this cave is located is not yet expensive possibly because people in the neighbourhood are very poor but also they do not see much value in this God-made wonder. The cave has stood for millions of years and it’s likely to do so for many more years to come. What should be anticipated though is that it will become a major tourist puller in the near future when a strategic investor finds out about this hidden gem. It’s just a matter of time before people will be required to pay hefty sums to look at this creation that has stood the test of time. Next time you are in Kabale, don’t forget to visit this marvelous stone cave of stone age era.