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Masaka is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Country Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Masaka District
Elevation 3,900 ft (1,200 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 103,829[1]

Masaka is a town in Central Uganda, lying west of Lake Victoria. It is the chief town of Masaka District. Besides being the headquarters of Masaka District, the town is the regional headquarters and largest metropolitan area in the districts of Lyantonde, Sembabule, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Masaka, Rakai, and Kalangala.[2]


  • Location 1
  • Population 2
  • Economic activities 3
  • Points of interest 4
  • See also 5
  • Photos 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Masaka lies approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) to the southwest of Kampala, on the highway to Mbarara.[3] The town lies very close to the Equator, as can be seen from the latitude values. It was Uganda's second-biggest town for a long time. Today this status has changed, as the city was largely destroyed in the Uganda-Tanzania War of 1979 and again in the 1981-1986 civil war that removed Obote from power for the last time. The coordinates of the town are:0°20'28.0"S, 31°44'10.0"E (Latitude:-0.341111; Longitude:31.736111).[4]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Masaka was about 67,800. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 73,300. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Masaka at 74,100.[5] In August 2014, the national population census put Masaka's population at 103,829.[1]

Economic activities

Most of the people are farmers with both cattle and other crops. Masaka used to be the highest producer of the indigenous banana food (locally referred to as Matooke). Other economic activities include the following:

  • Meat & Fish Processing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of Footwear
  • Manufacture of Baked Products
  • Cattle rearing
  • Manufacture of beads
  • One of the economic activities in Masaka is "gathering grasshoppers" that can potentially earn a collector over US$20,000 (UGX:50 million) annually. (US$1 = UGX:2,500)

Points of interest

The following points of interest are located in Masaka or close to its borders:

See also


  • Hotel Brovard, Masaka
  • Afrirhythm Backpackers, Masaka


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Fields, Megan (December 2009). "Masaka: Big Shoes, Small Feet". (Megan Fields Blog). Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Masaka With Distance Marker". Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ "Estimated Population of Masaka In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Location of Lake Nabugabo". Lake Nabugabo Resort. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bank of Uganda Maintains A Currency Center In Masaka". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

External links

  • Lake Nabugabo Homepage
  • Masaka District Internet Portal
  • River Of Life Church & Orphanage

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