THE BUSOGA KINGDOM – ONE OF UGANDA’S TOURISM REGIONS
(Posted 27th January 2017)
Part Nine of Nine
Source of the Nile: A sleeping economic resource
Just by looking at the map of Busoga one will notice the unique geographical location of the region. Busoga is a giant island of sorts. It is bordered by water bodies on all its borders, making Busoga uniquely positioned with a potential of being a food basket if this water abundance can be leveraged appropriately.
Being the home to the Source of the Nile is another unique natural endowment that Busoga boasts of and which if exploited responsibly, can cause real marked social economic transformation of the entire region. It is reported that Egypt reaps annually over $3billion from the tourism activities associated with River Nile. It is our hope that efforts to reorganize the way the Source of the Nile is managed will yield tangible results for all.
Uganda, a republic straddling the equator, has in more ancient times been ruled by both Kings and Paramount Chiefs, institutions restored by the government of President Yoweri Museveni in 1993/94 as cultural institutions after all traditional ruling structures were abolished by Milton Obote, twice dictator and twice overthrown by military coups.
The Busoga Kingdom is located in the East of Uganda, across the River Nile, which commences its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Jinja, known as both the Source of the Nile and the Adventure Capital of East Africa.
The Busoga Tourism Initiative has now released an initial nine short chapters on the history, culture and of course tourism attractions found in the kingdom and
with their explicit permission will all nine chapters be reproduced here in coming days.
The timing is befitting as between the 17th and 19th of February will the Uganda Tourism Board host the annual Pearl of Africa Travel Expo in Kampala and the attractions of the upper Nile valley and further into the Kingdom will be showcased there to nearly 100 hosted buyers and international travel media representatives and travel trade professionals from the entire East African region.