Wakiso District on the neighborhood of Kampala is one of those less explored areas and yet with potential to become a famous Uganda safari destination. Named after Wakiso Town which is also the home to the district headquarters, Wakiso District is in central Uganda and borders with Nakaseke and Luweero to the north, Kalangala District in Victoria Lake to the south, Mukono district to the east, Mityana to the North West and Mpigi to the south west. The Wakiso district coordinates are 00 24N and the district headquarters are about 20km North West of Kampala.
Wakiso is notable for sheltering the most headquarters for the clan of
Buganda, the home of the infamous Mukajanga who is noted to have set
Uganda Martyrs ablaze at Namugongo, the Martyrs Shrine itself, the
historical war sites, birds and beaches with the potential to attract
travelers to undertake safari to Uganda
Citing the example of Mecca and the revenue that it generates from
people that flock it to hurl stones at the devil, the Deputy CEO at
Uganda Tourism Board John Ssempebwa provoked the Wakiso district
Authorities to undertake aggressive marketing of the great deal of
attractions in the area including elevating the statue of Mukajjanga and
people be lured to come and hurl stones at him. A small fee can be put
for stone hurling ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 and considering the
catholic and other Christian population in Uganda, in the region and
international level, this can be a great product to encounter on safari in Uganda and at the same time generating much revenue
The Baganda Clans most of which have headquarters in Wakiso can always
organize carnivals and this would be a rich ground for culture show
casing and market for artifacts, food and other service providers.
Buganda features a range of fifty (50) clans which are deeply rooted in
the Baganda traditions each with a distinct role that it plays in the
Kingdom. The range of clans include; the Ffumbe, Enyange, Nsenene, Ngabi
and Nte among others.
Wakiso District is a popular birding spot.
There is Mabamba swamp which features over 400 species of birds among
which include migrant Species from Europe and the heavily sought after
Shoebill stork. Apart from Mabamba, there is Lutembe bay a famous
migrant bird destination with species like white winged terns that are
always encountered on birding safaris in Uganda.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) which a congregation of a
range of Species in Uganda perched on the shores of Lake Victoria
suitable for conservation education and leisure. The Lake Victoria
shores feature impressive sandy beaches including Aero, Speena, Lido and
Botanical ideal for recreation, sun bathing and relaxation.
is Namugongo Martyrs Shrine which is a religious site of international
significance as it where the 45 Christian converts were killed in cold
blood following the orders of Kabaka Mwanga the then King of Buganda
after abandoning the traditional worship. This makes Wakiso an ideal
destination for religious tourism. The District also features cultural
sites including Wamala tombs where Kabaka Suuna of Buganda is raid to
The combination of the above combine to make Wakiso district a potential destination for tourism development in Uganda