Itojo is a small trading centre within a short distance from Ntungamo ~ and, if lucky, you may even glimpse families of monkeys that inhabit the roadside swamps if you walk there! The centre has around thirty shops lining the road that runs from Mbarara to Kabale and you can buy many things there from cigarettes, alcohol, shoes and sundries but if you're looking for a bigger shopping area, you'd be better off visiting Ntungamo itself. Itojo also has a number of churches and schools with Hillside Academy offering private secondary education (there is no state funded secondary eduaction in Uganda) and Itojo Primary as well as other schools. It also has a police station and is perhaps best known for its hospital (see below) which serves a wide area and is the only reachable venue where surgery can be conducted.
One of the delights about Itojo has to be Hotel Rutaro, better known as Sharpe's Pork Joint. Much of the diet in Uganda is vegetable based so if you're missing some succulently roasted pork with side salad, this restaurant, located as you leave Itojo on your way to Ntungamo, is well worth a visit. Chilled drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic are served. Its always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment and arrangements can also be made to deliver your meal to you by Boda Boda!
The hospital, with its catchment area of Ntungamo district, is the only centre where surgery can be performed.
This museum aims to preserve and promote the history of the local tribes of the area. Stunning sculpures to admire!
The Kitagata or Mulago (meaning 'hospital') Hot Springs are believed locally to have healing powers.
Located on the Kampala-Kabale highway Ntungamo is a great source of pretty much anything you may need.
As yet largely uncommercialised, Western Uganda has many tourist attractions for the explorer to visit.
As well as the main tourist attractions there are many other activities to enjoy in Western Uganda.
A guide to the main towns in Western Uganda, where to stay, eat and things to see and do.