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Buikwe district is rich in Tourism potentials. These include;
Mabira Forest . This forest located in the tropics north of the shoreline of Lake Victoria, immediately to the west of the River Nile. Mabira covers an area of 306 square kilometres (118 sq mi). It is the biggest forest reserve in central Uganda and its one of the few surviving rain forests remaining in Uganda.

Mabira is well known for Ecotourism which started way back in the early 1980s. The forest harbors in excess of 300 species of birds, many of which are rare; including the Pied Hornbill, Superb Sunbird, Grey Parrot, Crowned Eagle, Black-billed Turacos and the endangered Nahan's Frankolin. There are over 300 plant species, some of which are of medicinal value.

Among the services offered to tourists are guided forest walks, camping sites, picnic sites and environmental education and entertainment with local drama groups. There is a network of trails to facilitate the exploration of the forest.

River Nile

The Nile is the world's second-longest river, measuring an estimated 4,000 miles (6,400 km) in length. It starts its journey on the outskirts of Jinja and traverses Uganda, Southern Sudan, Sudan and Egypt to empty into the Mediterranean Sea at Alexandria. The river is of great geographical and historical importance locally and internationally.

In Uganda, the Nile has cultural importance as well as economic significance. Many communities along its shores derive their livelihood from fishing its waters. At its point of origin, Uganda has built three hydroelectric dams which provide electricity to many citizens in Uganda and neighboring countries. Uganda plans three (3) other dams further upstream later in the present decade. In Sudan and Egypt, the river is considered to be the 'source of life' as its waters are used for irrigation and the support of agriculture for multitudes of people living along the river since time immemorial.

The Source of the Nile

River Nile forms the border between Njeru in Buikwe District on the west and Jinja, Uganda in Jinja District on the east. At this point, the river flows from Lake Victoria to begin its three-months journey to the Mediterranean Sea. This point, viewed from Njeru, offers beautiful scenery for tourists and holidaymakers. The 32 metres (105 ft) deep waterfalls that Bishop Hannington Speke saw in 1862 and named "Ripon Falls" were submerged when construction on Nalubaale Dam began in 1947. The dam was completed in 1954.

  1. Mabira forest in Najjembe sub county
  2. Bujjagali falls in Wakisi sub county
  3. Sezibwa falls in Kawolo sub county
  4. Ssenyi landing site in Ssi-Bukunja sub county
  5. Kiyindi landing site in Najja sub county
  6. Rain forest hotel in Najjembe sub county
  7. Part of Owen falls dam
  8. River musamya