Butogota town is a small town found in Kinkizi West Kanungu district, Southwestern Uganda, about 450kms from Kampala capital city. It is a main trading centre lying on Uganda border with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is strategically situated in an area which attracts much development from several developmental strategies of trade, tourism, industrialization and farming.
Its development can be attributed to its strategic location on Uganda border with D.R. Congo. This area has advanced the trade between locals from the 2 states. Originally, Butogota town council was established and built due to trade gears between Uganda and the DRC. It is a vibrant town with its developments fully supported by its social and economic development infrastructures and services offered. The town has one of the best schools in Kanungu district and the best market that functions each Thursday of the week attracting traders and farmers. For freshly harvested products, don’t miss to visit Butogota’s market.
Farming history of Butogota can be traced to the traditional western food crops and tea growing in Uganda. Tea is a main cash crops grown in addition to coffee and the town’s development has been fully supported by 2 tea factories; the Kigezi highland tea company and Kayonza Growers tea factory. The Kayonza Growers tea factory is run by tea farmers and they are the shareholders and managed by a board of directors. The Kigezi highland tea company is own by Mr. James Musinguzi Garuga and all the 2 factories have had a positive impact towards the development of Butogota Town.
Amazingly, Butogota Town also benefits from Uganda’s tourism sector. It is situated just at the border with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a home to 459 mountain gorillas. This is one of Uganda’s premier gorilla trekking destinations and the other is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Butogota Town lies on the main route which connects Bwindi to Buhoma sector with other areas. It is an ideal place to connect to engage in mountain gorilla trekking, bird watching or hiking adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Where to stay in and around Butogota Town
Interestingly, while at Butogota town, accommodation isn’t a problem. Tourists on Uganda safari can choose from plenty of available accommodation options. They range from Bwindi Forest Resort Cottages, pineapple Club, Bar & Lodge; Bwindi Travellers Motel, Tweham Guesthouse, Banyambuga Lodge, Kayonza Growers Tea Factory Guesthouse and many others. These have and still serve as main stopovers for most Uganda safari travelers on gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.