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Now that it's official. The #ExploreBusoga campaign was launched to traverse the Busoga region between the dates of 13th to 18th February 2024. This campaign is aimed at showcasing the hidden treasures of the Busoga region in terms of Tourism. This is against the backdrop of the wider #ExploreUganda campaign trying to make Ugandans appreciate their country and visit it as well as showcasing new attractions away from the traditional itineraries.

Question is, how well do you know the tourism treasures that the #ExploreBusoga campaign is going to showcase?

I highly doubt that on the premise that you may have travelled through or to Jinja or to the border and beyond but haven't thought of visiting some of the key sites in the #Busoga region.

Worry no more, for the #ExploreBusoga campaign is here to enlighten you about these treasures.

Busoga Sub Region

Busoga Sub Region is found in Eastern Uganda. The sub-region is home mainly to the Basoga ethnic group. The people of Busoga are called Basoga (singular: Musoga). The Basoga speak Lusoga, a Bantu language. Lusoga is similar to Luganda, spoken by the people of the neighboring Buganda Region, which is also referred to as Central Uganda.

Busoga sub region is comprised of 11 districts of: Bugiri, Bugweri, Buyende, Iganga, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Luuka, Mayuge, Namutumba and Namayingo.

The Busoga area is bounded on the north by the swampy Lake Kyoga which separates it from Lango, on the west by the Victoria Nile which separates it from Buganda, on the south by Lake Victoria which separates it from Tanzania and Kenya, and on the east by the Mpologoma River. Busoga also includes some islands in Lake Victoria, such as Buvuma Island.

Najjembe stopover

A popular spot on your travels east of the country. You miss it only and only if you don't have spending cash. But that aside, Najjembe is a popular stopover especially for its huge stick chicken that is always available all year round. The Najjembe Market is not for Chicken alone but alot of other bites that only your pocket can stop you. The fruits assortment at this market is endless from pineapples, mangoes to mention but a few. So Najjembe is a must stop for a quick bite but if you have excess time on your hands, the Mabira forest Eco Tourism centre is just opposite the market that will give you a glimpse of the tropical forest a few kilometres from the capital. You will also have a nature walk that will see you spot birds, monkeys and a list of indigenous tree species still standing in the forest. So, the spot is a must visit. Better still, with a few days on your hands, the #RainforestLodge is just a few kilometres from the market inside the Mabira Forest.

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