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Busoga

Busoga Kingdom

Busoga is a cultural institution that promotes popular participation ‎and unity among the people of Busoga, through cultural and developmental programs ‎for the improved livelihood of the people of Busoga. It strives for a united people of ‎Busoga, who enjoy economic, social and cultural prosperity. It also continues to ‎enhance, revamp and pave the way for an efficient institutional and management ‎system for the Kyabazinga kingship.

Busoga, literally translated to Land of the Soga, is the kingdom of the 11 ‎‎principalities of the Basoga/Soga (singular Musoga) people. The term Busoga also loosely ‎refers to the area that is generally indigenous to the Basoga. Busoga Kingdom is composed of seven ‎politically organised districts: Kamuli, Iganga, Bugiri, ‎‎Mayuge, Jinja, and the newly created districts of Kaliro and Busiki. The Busoga area is bounded on the ‎north by the swampy Lake Kyoga, on the west ‎by the Victoria Nile, on the south by Lake Victoria, and on the east by the ‎‎Mpologoma River, Busoga also includes some islands in ‎‎Lake Victoria, such as Buvuma Island.‎

Busoga is ruled by the His Royal Highness Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga. This name was a symbol ‎of unity derived from the expression and recognition by the Basoga that their ‎leader was the “father of all people who brings all of them together”, and who also ‎serves as their cultural leader.

Attractions and historical sites

Kagulu Hill

This was the first settlement area for Basoga of Bunyoro origin led by Prince Mukama. The hill, although not yet familiar to many people outside Busoga, Kagulu hill has ‎a breathtaking scenery that gives a clear view of almost the entire Busoga. Kagulu ‎hill is unique in the attractions it offers. It is the only hill in Uganda that has been ‎adapted for tourist climbing, with constructed steps to make it easy for visitors to ‎access the top.‎

Budhumbula shrine/palace

The site ‎comprises a shrine and the residence of the former Kyabazinga of Busoga, Sir William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope, who died in 1976. The shrine, covered ‎by beautiful marbles consist of graves of other various members of the royal family, ‎such his father and mother, Yosia Nadiope and Nasikombi respectively.‎

The source of the Nile

The source of the Nile, the second longest river in the world, marked by the ‎discovery of one of the first European explorers, John Speke, is an internationally ‎unique attraction. The tranquility and splendour of both Lake Victoria and River Nile embody great memories of any visitor.‎

Bujjagali Falls

This among others, such as the Bujagali ancestral site for the Basoga ancestral ‎spirits at Bujagali falls, includes the numerous rapids along the Nile, virgin nature ‎across the region, and the culture of the people and the great Lake Victoria by no ‎doubt gives Busoga Kingdom its distinct place in tourism.‎

Lake Victoria

Southern Busoga is lined with the waters of Lake Victoria. The coastline starts ‎from Jinja, Uganda and goes eastwards, to the border with Kenya.‎

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