What To Do

Experience The West Nile’s Wonders

Engage in captivating activities, from storytelling to exploring historical treasures, and immerse yourself in the essence of this remarkable region. Below you will find some of our travelers’ favorite ways to experience the region, along with a few suggestions of where to enjoy for yourself
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Nature Walks

Arua Scenic Hike

Explore the picturesque landscapes of Arua through guided hikes that lead you through lush forests, across rolling hills, and to serene viewpoints where you can soak in the beauty of the region's natural wonders.

Otze Nature Reserve Walk

Discover the biodiversity of the Otze forest reserve on guided nature walks. Marvel at the diverse flora and fauna, including rare plant species and colorful birds that call this forest home.


Opi Island

Birdwatchers will be delighted by the diverse avian species on Opi Island, a hidden gem in the Albert Nile. Explore the island's wetlands and forests to spot various waterfowl, kingfishers, and colorful migratory birds.

Kuluva Marshes

Venture into the enchanting Kuluva Marshes, an untouched birding paradise. With its tranquil surroundings, it offers opportunities to observe rare and indigenous bird species, making it a must-visit for bird enthusiasts.

Ajai Wildlife Reserve

Explore the pristine Ajai Wildlife Reserve, a haven for both resident and migratory birds. With lush woodlands, serene savannas, and a diverse range of species, it promises an unforgettable birding adventure for enthusiasts.


  • Arua Cultural Center – Engage with local storytellers at the Arua Cultural Center, where passionate narrators share captivating tales of Arua’s rich history, legends, and cultural heritage.
  • Nebbi Town – Explore the town of Nebbi, where you can connect with residents who love to share their stories and anecdotes about the town’s history and traditions.  


  • Pakwach – Experience the tranquility of the West Nile landscapes with camping adventures in Pakwach, offering campsites near the banks of the Albert Nile for a serene and immersive outdoor experience.

Scenic Hikes

Religious Activities

  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Arua – Participate in religious rituals and services at the magnificent St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a spiritual hub where you can witness and engage in Catholic ceremonies.
  • Emmanuel Cathedral – Visit Emmanuel Cathedral, another significant religious site in Arua, to experience the local Christian faith through worship services and community events.
  • Biku Hill and Biku Chapel (the smallest church in the world) – Discover the unique spiritual ambiance of Biku Chapel, renowned as the world’s smallest church, atop Biku Hill. This quaint and remarkable place of worship offers an intimate and spiritual experience in the heart of West Nile.

Guided Tours

  • Koboko Cultural Tour – Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Koboko with knowledgeable local guides who will take you on a tour of historical sites, cultural landmarks, and introduce you to the welcoming communities.
  • Arua City Guided Exploration – Discover Arua City’s historical and cultural gems through guided tours that offer insights into the city’s growth, traditions, and landmarks. 

Historical Sites

  • Dufile Fort – Explore the well-preserved Dufile Fort, a historical site that dates back to the colonial era. Learn about its significance in the region’s history and its role during past conflicts.
  • Kotilo Sacred Forest – Delve into the ancient traditions and historical significance of Kotilo Sacred Forest, where you can take guided tours to understand its cultural importance.
  • Wadelai Fort – Step into the storied Wadelai Fort, a relic from the colonial era, and uncover the rich history of this strategic outpost and its role in shaping the region’s past.

Border Exploration

  • Salia Musala – Experience the unique thrill of standing at the convergence point of three nations—Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—at Salia Musala, an adventurous border exploration destination.
  • Elegu Border Post – Visit Elegu Border Post, where you can witness the bustling cross-border activities and interact with locals from different countries, offering a unique cultural experience.

Photography Tours

  • Otze Forest Reserve – Join photography tours in the Otze Forest Reserve to capture the stunning flora and fauna of this biodiverse area. Experienced guides will help you frame the perfect shot.
  • Ajai Game Reserve –  Enjoy a photo tour in the scenic Ajai Game Reserve, where you can capture stunning images of the diverse wildlife and landscapes. Experienced guides will help you frame the perfect shot, allowing you to create lasting memories of your journey through this pristine natural habitat.

Boating on the Nile

Pakwach River Cruises

Enjoy serene boat rides along the Albert Nile in Pakwach, where you can relax and appreciate the tranquil beauty of the riverbanks.

Laropi Boat Fishing Cruise

Embark on a fishing adventure as you set sail on the Laropi Boat Fishing Cruise along the serene waters of the Nile. Cast your line into the river's depths and engage in a unique angling experience while taking in the picturesque landscapes.

Opi Island

Take a leisurely boat ride along the serene waters surrounding Opi Island. As you cruise, you'll have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and numerous waterfowl. Soak in the tranquil beauty of the island's riverbanks and immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Albert Nile.

Cultural Events

Arua Cultural Festival

Discover the biodiversity of the Otze forest reserve on guided nature walks. Marvel at the diverse flora and fauna, including rare plant species and colorful birds that call this forest home.

Nebbi Cultural Celebrations

Explore Nebbi during cultural celebrations and festivals, where you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and learn about the customs of the local people.

Madi Cultural Gala

Held once a year at District headquarters, the Madi Cultural Gala showcases various cultural groups presenting dances, songs, dramas, and artifacts, with a focus on promoting and preserving Madi culture and fostering unity between the local community and refugees.

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