Iganga as a Tourist Destination Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Whether it is business or agriculture, Iganga is one of the best locations to think of first. Its location along the Eastern highway makes it a transit area to far Eastern Uganda and beyond the borders to Kenya. The town bustles with activity of thriving markets, a lot of highway traffic and a â€˜swamâ€™ of bicycles. The wide maize, cotton, cassava fields among others in the rural part contrast with the rising buildings in the town showing the dynamic and fast development of Iganga district.
The district was established in 1974. Previously it was one of the three bigger areas that formed the then Busoga district including Jinja and Kamuli.
Originally, it was known as South Busoga until 1982 when it was renamed Iganga.
It lies between longitudes 33 degrees 10 minutes east and 34 degrees 0 minute west, and latitudes 0 degrees 06 minutes north and l degree 12 minutes north.
Located in the mid-eastern part of Uganda 125Kms from Kampala along the East African Highway, it borders the districts of Kamuli and Pallisa in the north and northeast, Bugiri in the east, Mayuge in the south and Jinja in the Southwest.
â–«Â Â Â Total area occupied is 2,538 Km2
â–«Â Â Â Has a population of 716,311 (344,420 male and 371,891 women)
Literacy rate of;
â–«Â Â Â 57.8% for Males
â–«Â Â Â 42% for the female
â–«Â Â Â Life Expectancy is up to 46.7 years
Has two town councils â€“ TC
â–«Â Â Â Iganga Trading Centre and Busembatya Trading Centre.
Iganga is divided into four counties of Kigulu, Luuka, Busiki and Bugweri. There are 24 sub counties, 137 parishes and 900 villages
Languages spoken: Lusoga, Lusiki and English.
Economic Activities: 92% of the population derives their livelihood from agriculture. The Crops grown for cash and food include maize, rice, beans coffee, cotton and sugarcane.
Relief and Climate
Iganga is a generally flat plateau with isolated hills with fertile loamy and sandy soils.Â It receives a mean annual rainfall of 1200m that spread into two seasons a year with peaks in April-June and September-November.