Explore Gulu’s Tourism Attractions & Activities On A Self-Drive Tour


Gulu is located in Northern Uganda and borders South Sudan in the strategic cross-border transit area of the great North road through Nimule to Northern Africa. Gulu is separated from Msindi in the south by the Victoria Nile, Albert Nile separates it from the Districts of Nebbi, Arua and Moyo in the West and River Achwa separates it from Kitgum District to the East.  The terrain, rivers and vegetation of the district create a conducive habitat for a variety of wildlife and a significant part of the Murchison Falls National Park lies in Gulu district.  The key tourist attractions of the Gulu that you can explore on your gulu tour in Uganda include;

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park was established in 1952 and is home to large varieties of wildlife. The park’s attractions include game drives, bird watching and the scenic boat cruises. In particular, the park offers game viewing of indigenous wildlife including African forest elephants, lions, giraffes, African buffalos, bushbucks, kobs, crocodiles, waterbucks, kongonis, oribis, bohor reedbucks, baboons, warthogs and a variety of monkey species. Murchison falls is the most powerful waterfalls in the whole world. The park’s infrastructure includes Sarova Paraa Lodge, Nile Safari Camp, Sambiya River Lodge, Paraa Rest Camp and Rabongo Camp.

  1. Sir Samuel Baker’s Fort at Patiko

The Fort is located 30 kilometers from Gulu town in Ajulu parish. Constructed as a slave collection centre, the Fort was taken over by Sir Samuel Baker in 1872 to 1888, before it became headquarters for Emin Pasha and Gordon, the respective Governors of the then Equatorial Province of the British Protectorate.

  1. Ziwa Rhino Tracking Safari

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is located south of Gulu near Masindi town which takes approximately 2 hours. Track the Rhinos on Foot and do bird watching tours. This is quite an enchanting experience that is possible either on a weekend, or any other day of the week. A restaurant is available and guest house is also available for those who intend to overnight.

  1. Amoro Hot Spring

The Amoro Hot spring is located about 35 kilometres from Gulu town. The hot spring covers an area of about 100 square metres and is the largest found in northern Uganda. The hot spring’s surrounding landscape is suitable for developing campsites and excursion grounds.

  1. Karuma Falls

The western part of Karuma falls is located in Gulu district and the eastern part in Apac while the southern part is in Masindi. The designs of the proposed underground electricity dam to be built there indicate minimal disruption with the visible nature of the falls. Thus the falls which already have tourist campsites on the southern bank in Masindi.

  1. Tochi Resort Beach

The Tochi Resort Beach is located about 20 kilometres south of Gulu town, Tochi beach is a low lying sandy bank of River Tochi.

  1. Guruguru Caves

The caves are located about 25 kilometres north of Gulu town. They are said to have been used as safe haven during the Lamogi rebellion and historical inter-clan wars among the Luo.

  1. Hill Climbing

There are a number of isolated hills in the Gulu that offer opportunity for hill climbing. These include: Kilak, Ato, Patiko and Moro hills.

  1. Atiak Colobus Monkeys

A large concentration of colobus monkeys exists in the Atiak forest reserve near the Albert Nile. The fairly rare mammals, wide variety of bird species and the savannah short forest canopies combine to give a potential attraction that may be enhanced by tourist trails and camp/excursion sites to offer a perfect product.

  1. Cultural Performances and Antiquities

The Acholi dance and antiquities have not yet been fully developed to tap the potential benefits from tourism. There are plans by the local authorities to establish a cultural centre in Gulu town for crafts, souvenirs and cultural ornaments and regalia.

  1. Hotel and Catering

Gulu has a number of accommodation establishments resulting from increased demand for accommodation by relief agencies operating in the district. The outstanding hotels in Gulu include Acholi Inn Hotel-Gulu, Bomah Hotel, Church Hill Courts, Sports View Garden Inn, KSP Hotel Gulu, Kakanyero Gulu Hotel, Acholi Ber Country Hotel, Golden Peace Hotel-Gulu and Sunset Hotel.

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