The long-awaited Kagulu Hill climbing challenge will start on Friday and run through to Saturday. Organised by the Busoga Tourism Initiative, the event seeks to promote domestic tourism within Busoga and Uganda as a whole, according to the chief organiser and chairperson of the initiative Mr Edward Balidawa.
Busoga, according to Mr Balidawa, seeks to emulate other areas including Rwenzori region that have benefited from natural resources in such areas to boost economic growth.
“In Busoga, we had not taken initiative to promote the Nile. We have to diversify into culture, heritage and more exotic and unique resources, which include rock climbing. As a country, we must diversify because it’s what people want,” he said.
The Kagulu Hill climbing challenge will be held in Buyende District, 130 kilometres from Jinja.
This year’s events will be graced by performances from musicians including Mr Joseph Mayanja aka Dr Jose Chameleone, the Busoga tourism goodwill ambassador.
The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga will join in the climbing together with Tourism minister Maria Mutagamba. The President will be the chief guest.
At 3,600 metres, Kagulu Hill is famous for its caves that acted as sanctuary to the early settlers in the area. The climbing challenge will be preceded by a bicycle race.