Hoima

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Hoima - The Town

Hoima (pop: 43,000) is a pleasant and fast-growing town in western Uganda roughly 4 hours' drive from Kampala and 1 hour from Masindi. It is part of the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom and the administrative and commercial centre for the district of the same name. It sits only 20 miles from the shore of Lake Albert across which is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lake is the site of newly discovered oil reserves which are expected to bring changes to Hoima and the district in the near future.

 

St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral

Located in lovely grounds some 2 km from the town centre in the direction of the Butiaba road, the cathedral is a beautifully serene site in the early mornings. A visit for Sunday mass is a very special experience whatever your faith.

 
 

Mparo Tombs

Located 4 km from town along the Masindi road, Mparo was chosen as the capital of Bunyoro kingdom in 1872 and marks the site where King Omukama Kabarega was interred in 1923. The burial ritual was quite grisly and is best described by the guide when visiting the site to more fully imagine the scene at the time. The grave site is includes many of the Kaberega's personal effects in a dome-like structure made from natural materials similar to the more famous Kasubi Tombs in Kampala.

Another interesting site in Hoima is the royal throne room of Bunyoro-Kitara which is open to visitors by prior arrangement. It includes the traditional nine-legged throne swathed in leopard skins and barkcloth. An array of spears, royal headdresses and musical instruments are also on display.

Butiaba

This sleepy fishing village on the shore of Lake Albert is the permanent resting place of the lake steamer SS Coryndon which was shipwrecked during the floods of 1962. For much of the first half of the 20th century, the western rift valley lakes were used extensively to traverse the continent. It is possible to visit this site en-route to Murchison Falls National Park.

 
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