What to do and see in Kasese, Uganda: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Kasese is a town north of Lake George in the Western Region of Uganda. It originally grew around the copper mine at Kilembe, while attention later turned to cobalt mining. It is the chief town of Kasese District, and the district headquarters are located there. Kasese is also the largest town in the Rwenzururu region. Charles Mumbere, the Omusinga of Rwenzururu, maintains a palace in the town.
Restaurants in Kasese

1. Kibale National Park

P. O. Box 188, Kasese, Uganda +256 483 444629
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Kibale National Park

This park features one of the most diverse primate populations found anywhere.

Reviewed By truth B - Kleve, Germany

In theory there should be several groups of up to 8 persons be formed in order not to disturb the animals more then necessary. In reality there will be several groups surrounding the chimpanzees once they are detected by any one group. This is almost like hunting. Whenever possible refuse RONA to be your guide! She has not got a clue, is not interested in showing and explaining anything to you and she is so loud, that she does not need a walkie talkie to communicate with the other groups.

2. Rwenzori Moutains National Park

P. O. Box 188, Kasese, Uganda +256 483 444629
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Rwenzori Moutains National Park

This mountainous area may be better known as the "Mountains of the Moon."

Reviewed By ondrejfabian - Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic

We did a 5 days long Weissmann's peak circuit and it was astonishing. Mountains are so different and diverse. In each altitude, even in each square kilometer you can see a different kind of nature and all of them are beautiful. Rain Forests, bamboo Forests, Forests of aloe, rocks, swamps,... Simply everything. From the practical point of view, the trip was very well organized. Rangers were helpful and professional. Food was OK (last days weren't so good, but what can you cook from the food, that spent 5 days in the bag?). The only problem was bad weather. Rwenzori are rainy during the whole year. Even in the dry season, there is only LESS rain. And it rained almost all time in our case. So rubber boots were a necessity, we spent 5 days walking knee deep in a mud. You need to count with that even in the middle of dry season. But nothing can beat the beauty of the Mountains, even during the rain and dense fog.
The only criticism goes to the shortening of the trip from 6 days to 5 days. A joining of two days into one created exhausting fourth day, where you climb from 4100 meters to the summit (which has 4620m) and then down to the approx. 3400 m. The whole walk took 11 hours and at the end, we didn't enjoy that at all, it was just boring.

3. Rwenzori Art Centre

Kyemihoko, Kasese, Uganda 01453 886527
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Rwenzori Art Centre

Perfectly located in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains lies Rwenzori Arts Centre, Sculpture Gallery and Coffee Bar. The centre is conveniently placed just off the main road between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Fort Portal, only 11km from Kasese.This spectacular award-winning complex sits in harmony with its restored natural landscape; the coffee bar Terrace offers a comfortable place to relax and enjoy panoramic views of the Mountains of the Moon.Visitors are treated to a stunning display of works cast in the adjacent foundry by talented local craftsmen. Pure white Ugandan marble carvings rub shoulders with soapstone and bronze sculptures. Specially commissioned, a series of over 30 Clan Totem animals in bronze are also permanently on show. Capturing the magnificence of iconic species such as Elephant, Colobus and Hippo, the series includes more elusive creatures like the Pangolin and the Otter.These remarkable works come about through exchange projects between artists in Africa and Europe and are inspired by the people, culture, wildlife and beauty of Uganda and make the perfect memento to mark an unforgettable journey. All works are for sale and can be shipped on request.Depending on availability, it may be possible to tour the workshops for a modest $5 donation to Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation which supports Rwenzori Founders and many other cultural projects in Uganda.We look forward to welcoming you.

Reviewed By Sue F - Waterlooville, United Kingdom

It is amazing to find such an impressive gallery in Kyemihoko near Kasese with such high quality sculptures produced by a Ugandan team working in the associated foundry. It is an inspiring break in a beautiful and innovative building with relaxing views of the Rwenzori Mountains.

4. Rwenzori Mountains

Opposite New Tax Park, Kasese, Uganda +256 775 159837
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5 based on 1 reviews

Rwenzori Mountains

Reviewed By andthenthey - Queensland, Australia

Six day trek to Weisman's Peak with Rwenzori Trekking Services. Recommend if you are looking for a seriously unspoilt, wild landscape with unique flora and encounters with wild monkeys, antelope and hyrax. A real adventure!

5. Pearls of Uganda Katwe Village Tour

Katwe Tourism information Centre, Kasese, Uganda
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Pearls of Uganda Katwe Village Tour

What's it like to live in this village next to the salt lake? This tour gives visitors the chance to meet the locals, and get involved in their daily lives. You will be welcomed to a traditional homestead, to see what the villagers come home to after a hard day harvesting salt on the lake. Cooking demonstrations will introduce you to the food of this region and the traditional methods used to cook and prepare the meals. Visitors will also enjoy a trip to the local school. Highlights: Interact with community members and discover what life is like in Katwe- Know that you are giving something back!

Reviewed By T-NutsP-Nuts - Minneapolis, Minnesota

We were told before we arrived at Katwe Village that we could view their city and take a self guided tour without having to pay a fee for entrance. From my understanding the Ugandan Government gives a portion of the proceeds for the Queen Ann Game park and so on to the residents of Katwe and that was to suffice for viewing the salt mines and flamingos. However as we moved forward a man ran out and told us we had to pay a fee to view the flamingos and salt mines. I believe the amount he wanted was $10.00 per person...which is extremely expensive for what they have to offer. It seemed like it was an "under the table" type of fee. In any event we still went forward because I did not believe him and tried to view the flamingos. As we were viewing the flamingos the same man came out running and telling us we had to pay the fee. No chance. It was certainly not worth it and I felt the man was being shady. Again, I was told there was not supposed to be a fee for these attractions but perhaps I am wrong. If I am wrong I still would not pay $10.00 to view the flamingos and look at the salt mines. It was not interesting at all unless you have never seen a flamingo before and are a birder.

6. Queen's Pavillon

Ntungamo-Katunguru rd, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda +256 774 408124
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3.5 based on 8 reviews

Queen's Pavillon

Reviewed By Mitch_sky - Bologna, Italy

A good place, also to have information, with the pavillon and the crater (as the name of the gate to Queen Elizabeth park. There is a good view and some interesting bird, too. just a few minutes are enaugh but you can also move from there (hike).

7. Katic Safaris

Kasese, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda +256 750 579937
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Katic Safaris

KATIC Safaris offers visitors amazing experiences. it is engulfed by Queen Elizabeth National Park and some 400KM away from Kampala in the western part of Uganda. it is at a stone throw distance from Lake Edward, Lake munyanyange famous for flamingos and Katwe Salt Lake for the Natural Salt. we believe that, the world is a Novel and those who do not travel, read only one page of it.

Reviewed By Tiffany T - Fort Portal, Uganda

I was recommended to Katic through a friend that served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. I reached out to Osee when my friends were visiting because we wanted to spend a night at the park and go on safari. We stayed in one of the Katik rooms and went on safari and the boat cruise.
The house was small but spacious and clean. You can tell it was recently built and well built to keep the bugs out of the house. It also had a small kitchen, which was great! There aren't that many options for food once you're in Katwe and so that was very helpful.
The next day, we went with Osee on a safari tour through Queen Elizabeth National Park (Katwe is located at the entrance of the park). We were able to see all the big game animals in the park. It was exciting to see lions in action! Osee was great providing information, pointing out hard to spot animals, and full of good and bad jokes. After our morning safari ride, we went on the boat cruise. While it rained, it was still fantastic. There were a large variety of animals visible and we got quite close to some of them as well.
My group was very happy with our tours. The prices were reasonable (actually cheaper than some of the other places in Kampala I had looked up) and we had a great time. I would definitely recommend this tour company and to come when the Flamingos are around at the salt lake.

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