Right at the other end of the Uganda Railway from Kampala lies one of the fastest growing towns in Uganda – Kasese. Kasese is an exciting mix of nightlife, industrial developments, and natural attractions. The most popular of the tourist attractions in Kasese are the Rwenzori Mountains and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. These two tourist attractions are instrumental in the growth of Kasese. The central and eastern part of the Rwenzori Mountains has been open to tourism activities as a national park. This park is also considered as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its abundant plant life and numerous water features. Despite the dry plains of Kaseses equatorial location, the Rwenzori Mountains are ice-capped. Three out of the five highest peaks in Africa – Mount Stanley, Mount Speke, and Mount Baker, are all located within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The Queen Elizabeth National Park, on the other hand, is considered to be one of the most visited game reserves in the country. The national park covers an area close to 800 square miles spread through three Ugandan districts. Water attractions bound the park’s perimeter with Lake George at the northeastern portion, Lake Edward at the southwestern portion, and the Kazinga Channel which connects the two water forms. The wildlife in this national park come from species recovered from the Uganda-Tanzania War. Among these are elephants, leopards, hippopotamuses, lions, and chimpanzees. The national park’s collection of wildlife has grown to over 95 mammalian species and over 500 bird species. At the Rukungiri District, tourists can witness tree-climbing lions with their uniquely black-manned males. Aside from the wildlife, this national park is also known for its volcanic cones, deep craters, and crater lakes where salt is mined.
The key tourist attractions of the district are given below
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
About half of Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in Kasese district. The key tourism areas of the Park found in Kasese district include the Kazinga Channel, Lake George, Lake Katwe, Mubuku and Kilembe. The key areas also include the game-drive tracks in the north of the Park, which are home to enormous numbers of kobs, statunga, water-hogs, elephants, buffalos and several families of lions.
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Park covers the areas of Mountain Rwenzori that are found in Uganda. Mountain climbing, through the dense montane forest and the breath taking hazardous terrain, to the equatorial snow covered peaks is the main attraction. Other attractions include the unique vegetation, Glacier Rivers, primates and wonder features such as deep gorges along the trails.
- Kibale Forest National Park
Part of Kibale Forest National Park is found in Kasese district. The Park is a one of the remaining natural rainforest reserves recognized internationally. The popularity of the Park as a tourist destination is enhanced by the presence of large varieties of birds and primates especially chimpanzees. The Park’s main tourist package includes forest/nature/primate/community walks, night primate walks, chimpanzee tracking and bird watching.
- Crafts and Souvenir Industry
Although most of the items sold in the craft shops were either from districts in central Uganda or imported from Kenya, a few locally made souvenirs were available in the craft shops and the main market in Kasese town. The crafts and souvenir industry has a large potential in Kasese district determined by the tourist traffic and easily available renewable source of raw materials from the wetlands and in the settlements.
- Hotel and Catering industry
Mweya Safari Lodge is the most outstanding accommodation establishment, mainly catering for high spender visitors. Budget visitor accommodation is available at Mweya at the Uganda Wildlife Authority hostel.
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