Bunyoro Kitara sub-region is one fascinating area in the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) which is blessed with wealth of tourist attractions that will blow the mind away.
Located in mid-western Uganda and occupying the districts of Masindi, Hoima, Kibaale, Buliisa and Kiryandongo. Bunyoro Kitara is bordered by Buganda in the East and south-east, Nebbi in the north-east, Lango and Acholi regions in the North, Kyenjojo in the south, Bundibugyo in the south-west and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.
Blessed with a tropical climate, Bunyoro’s rains are relatively reliable thus responsible for its thick plant cover and numerous water bodies that act as a cradle for most of the tourist attractions.
The tourist attractions in Bunyoro are well known throughout Uganda and other parts of the world, attracting tourists from several parts of the world who visit to take a look at what nature and culture have to offer.
It includes amazing features like Murchison falls, lake Mwitangize or Albert (which became more popular after the discovery of oil and natural gas resources) and the Kibiro hot springs.
Bunyoro Kitara has many water bodies both surface and sub-surface water reserves, and has thus started small-scale power generation on Karuma, Siiba, Murchison, Musiizi and Wambabya falls.
The hot springs located in this region are believed to have the powers to heal several ailments according to the locals. For the case of waterfalls, tourists simply enjoy the beautiful view and the feeling of a spray of the fresh falling water, while others enjoy water rafting, surfing, bungee jumping, and much more.
National parks and game or wildlife reserves including Murchison falls national park, Bugungu wildlife reserve, Tonya-Kabwoya wildlife reserve, Bulindi eco-tourism project, Budongo forest reserve, Busingiro tourism centre and Kaniyo Pabidi eco-tourism centre.
With a variety of wild animals, some of which have been kept in reserves because of the high risk of poachers, tourists can have a glimpse of them in real-time. Animals like buffaloes, giraffes, chimpanzees, elephants, lions, kobs, white rhinos, leopards and others can all be found here.
Physical features include Waisembe peak and forests. Tourists can enjoy adventurous leisure walks, while appreciating the beauty of nature.
Historic sites include Karuziika royal palace, 24 tombs like Mparo, Kigugyo and Bukonda among others, Nkondo and Kahanami Chwezi historic sites, Tebito cultural site (a spot of the legendary Bito tree where the Babito Clan and dynasty emerged), forts like Katasiha, Kyangwali, Munsa, and many others.
These portray the rich cultural heritage that Bunyoro possesses and can be of interest to tourists both local and foreign. On several occasions, several archaeologists have taken interest in this region to carry out field research.
Generally, the tourist attractions in this region cannot be exhausted at once. All that one has to do is to take a trip there and have a feel of this uncontaminated natural beauty.