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Kyabazinga to Grace the Kagulu Rock Climbing Challenge as Chief Climber

The Busoga Minister for Tourism, Owek Hellen Namutamba has assured Tourists of their safety at the Kagulu Rock Climbing Challenge due on Saturday, 20th August 2022.

This year’s Chief climber will be the King of Busoga Kingdom, Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope IV with first Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.

According to Hellen, Kagulu Hill is a mystical wonder, which marks the first settlement area for Basoga people who migrated from Bunyoro led by the then Prince Mukama.

“This is believed to have been his settlement and later his kingdom seat due to its high altitude that allowed  him to have great views of the surrounding,” Owek Hellen said.

Although the cultural value of Kagulu extends to cover a wide area, the remaining visible landmark is the Kagulu hill.

“The hill sits in between two roads that divide at the foothill to lead to Gwaya and Iyingo areas,” she added.

While on a local television program, the kingdom’s Minister of Health, Sheila Birungi Gambi assured the Tourists and climbers of special adventure and services that would include free medical treatment offered by different stakeholders.

“Aids Information Center, Uganda Road Cross Blood bank, Productive health Uganda, will all offer free services like blood donations, cervical cancer tests during outreach services,” Gambi said.

Kagulu rock was officially opened up as a tourist site on 11th May 2013 with the initiative of Busoga Tourism Initiative and the Uganda Tourism Board.

This was following up on the promise by Uganda Tourism Board to continue diversifying the tourist products in the Uganda Market that include Gorilla Tours, Wildlife safaris, birding safaris, adventure tours and other cultural sites and experiences already in Uganda.

Kagulu Rock is located in Buyende district which is 30 KM off Kamuli town. It is about an hour’s drive from Kampala the capital of Uganda.

The hill rises at approximately 3,500 ft above sea level with great 360-degree views around it.

At the top is a spectacular 360 view with an expanse of green vegetation and views of Lake Kyoga found in northern Uganda.

The Kagulu Rock Climbing challenge is an annual activity under the Busoga Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage headed by Owek Hellen Namutamba.

This year’s challenge started on the 18th of August and will be closing on Saturday 20th August 2022.

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