FREEDOMS of BUNYORO-KITARA KINGDOM - Honorary Freedom of the City of Masindi
Masindi is located approximately 214 kilometres northwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway. The coordinates of the town are: 01 41 01N, 31 43 20E (Latitude: 1.6835; Longitude: 31.7222).
Masindi is a town in north-western Uganda, which lies on the road from Kampala to the Murchison Falls National Park. It is the 'chief town' of the Masindi District and the district headquarters are located there.
As capital of Bunyoro, Masindi was visited by Samuel Baker, a British explorer and anti-slavery campaigner, from 25 April 1872 to 14 June 1873. The Baker expedition was forced to withdraw because of the hostility of the Omukama Kabalega, the Bunyoro king.
The landmarks within the town limits or close to the edges of town include:
- The headquarters of Masindi District Administration, Masindi Hotel - Built in 1923, it is the oldest hotel in Uganda, Masindi Hospital - A 200 bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health, A branch of Barclays Bank, A branch of Centenary Bank, A branch of Stanbic Bank, A branch of the National Social Security Fund, The main campus of the Kigumba Institute of Petroleum Studies, located 44 kilometres, northeast of Masindi, Kinyara Sugar Works - One of three major manufacturers of refined sugar in Uganda located 15 kilometres, west of Masindi, Masindi Airport - ICAO Code:HUMI; IATA Code: KCU. A public airport, administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Butiaba Port, Omukama's Masindi Palace