EquatorIn the central part of Uganda we find Masaka district which is estimated to have a population of 251,600. Masaka is bordered by Kalungu district in the north, Rakai district in the south west, Kalangala district in the south and east, Bukomansimbi district in the northwest and Lwengo district to the west. It is located approximately 140km southwest of Kampala city by road on the highway to Mbarara district. This district has a rich cultural heritage with a diversity of ethnicities with the majority of people being the Baganda, Banyoro, Banyankore and Banyarwanda with most of the tribes practicing the Buganda culture. Agriculture is also mainly practiced here with crops like Matooke, cassava, pineapples among others being cultivated.
Masaka district has many areas of interest to the visitors like the Nabugabo sand beach which is located 23km from the town. It’s popular for hosting activities like canoe races, beach volleyball and football. Crafting is also popular in this district as many shops have been set up to make and sell craft items to the people. Community tourism in this district also gives visitors a feel of the environment with the market walks, community trails and the great nature walk on the hilly terrain covered in green cover. The Bukakata landing site is also one of the areas of interest in this district as it’s a gate way to the tourist hub of Kalangala and areas of Lake Victoria. With the increasing number of tourists in this area, service infrastructures like hotels, lodges and craft shops have been set up to provide services.

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