A number of people recently converged at Kagulu rock for the unveiling of the site as yet another tourist attraction in Busoga. The landmark event, sponsored by The Observer, among other entities, was graced by President Yoweri Museveni, who pledged Shs 100m towards the development of the site.
Kagulu rock is one of the three sites the government intends to develop to add on the Busoga tourism experience -alongside Bukaleba peninsula in Mayuge district, which is to be gazetted as a game reserve and Kyando (also in Mayuge), where Bishop Hannington was killed.
The Busoga Tourism Initiative is spearheaded by Busoga parliamentary caucus under Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. It aims to widen Busoga’s fortunes to tap into the tourism sector.
The Kigulu North MP and the coordinator of the initiative Edward Baliddawa Kafufu, says the president’s pledge will go a long way in helping them set up a modern accommodation facility complete with a swimming pool to increase the visitors’ stay at the rock.
The rock located in Buyende district (which was carved out of Kamuli district) is a mystical wonder to see. This rock marks the first settlement area for Basoga of Bunyoro origin led by Prince Mukama. The rock, although not yet familiar to many people outside Busoga, has breathtaking scenery that gives a clear view of almost the entire Busoga and a peep into Lango, Teso and Bugisu.
Kagulu now stands high chances of turning into a big tourist attraction as it’s the only rock which has been adopted by government for tourist climbing. It has constructed steps to make it easy for visitors to access the top. On the top of the hill are unique vegetation, fauna and crater lakes, which are a must-see for any visitor to the area.