Masaka is one of Uganda’s oldest cities and with its 100.000+ inhabitants it is also one the country’s biggest. Masaka was Uganda’s second biggest town for a long time, today this status has changed as it was largely destroyed in the liberation war of 1979 and again in the 1981-1986 civil war. So Masaka District is one of the districts in Uganda, which has suffered the terror of bad governance, epidemics and total collapse of the service delivery system. This bad situation resulted in bringing down Masaka to her knees both socially and economically between 1971 and 1986. The former local administration structures were all destroyed and the few that remained, were dilapidated.
Today Masaka offers a great variety of restaurants, a vibrant city center and quality hotels. On Fridays you can stroll around at the large market which offers everything from local food and crafts to fashion and souvenirs. Its location is optimal if you want to go to Lake Victoria, Lake Nabugabo or experiencing local arts and crafts at Weaver Bird. Located 120 kilometres from Kampala and 37 kilometres from the Equator, Masaka is definitely a destination worth a visit. Global busses arrives and departs frequently from Nyendo in Masaka, and if you are in the mood for a more local experience you can catch a matatu, an East African originated minibus, that will also bring you where you need to go.