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Masindi town is in Bunyoro kingdom which used to stretch from North of the Nile to Karagwe in Tanzania and cross Lake Albert into the Congo. Speke met the Bunyoro King in Kijura, now a Masindi Suburb, and also met Emin Pasha in the district. The current residence of the Kabalega is in Hoima, and the Royal Tombs of Chwa II Kabalega and Sir Tito Winyi IV are at Mparo, 2km outside of Hoima to Masindi road.

The old airstrip still flies a windsock, reminiscent of the days of Hemmingway’s legendary trip to the district, where he was involved in two plane crashes in the space of a week. The first at Murchison falls and the second at Butiaba airstrip.

The Murchison falls are 7km from Masindi and are well worth a visit, even for those on a tight schedule. The falls are one of the few unspoiled beauty spot of the world, with paths le3ading to the lip of the falls as well as down to the gorge below, thre are a boat trip, up the Nile Delta on a bird watching excursion where the shoe bill stork is considered to be a specialty for the park. Fishing for the mighty Nile perch is the best attempted in the gorge. For more Information about murchison Falls safaris visit


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