Gulu town

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Fort Patiko | Baker\\\'s fort

The Fort is located 30 kilometers from Gulu town in Ajulu parish, Patiko sub-county, Aswa county. Constructed as a slave collection centre, the Fort was taken over by Sir Smuel Baker in 1872 to 1888, before it became headquarters for Emin Pasha and Gordon, the respective Governors of the then Equatorial Province of the British Protectorate. More »

Guruguru caves

The caves are located about 25 kilometres north of Gulu town. The are said to have been used as safe haven during the Lamogi rebellion and historical inter-clan wars among the Luo. The Guruguru caves offer opportunity for further diversification of tourism products when developed. More »

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is one the most important national parks of the country. Established in 1952, the park is home to large varieties of wildlife. In addition, the park’s attractiveness to tourists is enhanced by its very natural and scenic green landscapes. More »

Cultural Performances and Antiquities

The Acholi dance and antiquities have not yet been fully developed to tap the potential benefits from tourism. There are plans by the local authorities to establish a cultural centre in Gulu town for crafts, souvenirs and cultural ornaments and regalia. More »


Gulu town

Gulu town is a town located in Northern part of Uganda, it's a commercial district with an administration. It takes approximately 320km from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. It's the biggest town in the northern parts of Uganda near the border of Sudan, it also borders Moyo, kitgum, Apac, Masindi, Arua, and Nebi.

Gulu town

Gulu as a district is divided among different towns; Lamwo in the North, Nwoyo south west, pader East, Oyoma south, Amaru west and two counts that's Aswa and Omoro. It has an area of about 11715.7km2, with 468500 people and 113200 in the main town.

The town was less developed in the 18th to 19th century, during this period Gulu was known as a place for war between the Uganda Army and Lords Resistance Army which were fighting over each other for 2 decades and a lot of villages were raided causing a lot of people to die and others were set for security in the first and Second World War.


The main language spoken in Gulu is Acholi followed by Luo, Swahili, English and Luganda, with majority of people who are Christian.

Economic activity

The main economic system is Agriculture with the main emphasis of growing food crops like simsim, millet, groundnuts, cassava and cash crops like cotton and Tobacco, vegetation cabbage, with fishing on the western part of River Nile.

Commercial banks include Stanbic bank, bank of Uganda, centenary bank, finca bank.

Gulu district has the second largest Airport in Uganda next to Entebbe Airport.

It's a home of Gulu University ranging in Agriculture, medicine, Business management next to Muni University in Arua.

Gulu town has a flat terrain, thick savanna grassland, vegation with in central and forest reserves.

The area is characterized by forested valleys along the river from highlands towards Victoria Nile, Achwa River, Albert Nile, rivers from the island include River Tochi, River Ayugi River Apar etc.

There is a Tarmac road from Gulu to Masindi through Apac and also other marram roads connecting to different towns , counts, sub-counts, perish and villages of Gulu.