Five Places You Must Visit in the West Nile

Emin Pasha’s fort at Dufile, on the river Nile. The five-hectare fort was built in 1879 by Emin Pasha, the Governor of Equatoria, in which the West Nile was located. Emin Pasha was stranded at the fort after the Mahdi revolt of 1881 cut him off from returning to Egypt, and he was subsequently rescued by Henry Morton Stanley in 1888. The fort was later taken over by the Belgians. Little remains of the fort, but there have been several attempts to excavate and restore it.

Miradwa waterfalls, in Maracha are a unique 10ft high falls that flow over slabs of rock that forms steps. The falls are named after a Chief Judge of the West Nile, Miria Adua.

The smallest church in the world, on Biku Hill, which measures a tiny 2.5 ft, and is 8ft tall.  Situated 18km from Nebbi town, the church can only accommodate three people. The church also has ten prayer points in the surrounding area. It was built in 1996, jointly founded by the retired Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi and a Korean Pastor named Song.

Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Lodonga, Yumbe, is sub-Saharan Africa’ first Basilica (a Roman Catholic church granted special privileges by the Pope), dedicated in 1961. It was constructed by Comboni missionaries in the 1950s, and gained its status thanks to a vision of the Virgin Mary witnessed there. Pilgrims come to the church to commemorate the events on 8th December each year.

Idi Amin’s birthplace, Koboko. Probably the most famous West Niler is former president, Idi Amin, whose ancestral home is in Kokoko. It is small town close to the Sudanese and Congolese borders. Some of Amin’s family still live there, and his father is buried there.