With connections to a multitude of exciting places over the ordinary spectacles, Hoima easily stands out as a top holiday destination in Western Uganda. You will enjoy green beautiful sceneries on your journeys to:
Murchison National Park: Set in a wide valley just a few hours’ drive from Hoima Town, this scenic reserve offers a well-developed network of game drives and stone and thatch chalets overlooking a water hole. Murchison also offers the rare opportunity to track rhino on the River Nile or to walk through the bush with young elephants. These excursions offer excellent photographic opportunities. Evening drives can include a bush braai giving visitors the chance to see the more unusual nocturnal creatures.
Lake Albert: This vast and enriched water body provides an ideal get-away for tourists who can see a remarkable range of wildlife in the wilderness including rhino, eland, zebra, gemsbok, wildebeest, kudu, ostrich and impala, all on well-maintained bush roads that are designed for easy access. Bird watching in the proximity of the lake is excellent, particularly along the shores, typifying the incredible diversity of bird life to be found throughout the Lake Albert area.
Kibale National Park: The most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the much localized red Colobus and Hoests monkey. Kibale’ s major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps-these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 355 species recorded including the endemic Prirogrines ground thrust. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and harrier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, with other giants, like buffalos, forest hogs and half dozen antelope species.
Katasiha Fort located only 2 km from Hoima Town on the Biso – Butiaba road is one of the best kept historical points in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. It was the largest fort built by General Colville after King Kabalega abandoned his capital in Mparo in 1893. There is an 8 meter deep trench (partially filled in) that surrounded the fort for reasons of security.
Cultural Tour: Hoima is the seat of the Omukama (King) of Bunyoro. This town has so many cultural sites of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom which once occupied the whole of western and parts of central Uganda.
Mparo Tombs was chosen as the capital of King Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro in 1872 and was buried there in 1923. This historical site is located 4 km along the Masindi road. Comparable to the royal Tombs in Kasubi -Kampala, there is a guide to take you around the tombs explaining rituals and practices associated to this grave site.
Hoima Royal Palace is the seat of the Omukama (King) of Bunyoro His Royal Highness Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I. The palace has many interesting Sceneries with the most fascinating being the throne room including the traditional nine legged throne swathed in leopard skins and bark cloth, spears, royal head dresses and musical instruments are on display. Visits to the palace are by prior arrangements.
The Royal Mile from Budongo Forest is good for birding tripswhile touring Bunyoro region. The mile boasts as one of the most rewarding bird watching areas in Uganda only 1 hr drive from Hoima via Masindi.
Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is a 70 km 90 minute journey from Hoima. This newly established nature reserve covers part of the shores of Lake Albert and the lush on the Albertine escarpment. Some of the wildlife in this reserve includes the Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Buffalo, and Warthog.