A surprisingly happening little town, Masaka is a good place to break up a journey to the southwest, especially if you want to stake out the elusive shoebill at the nearby Ramsar site. In 1979 Masaka was trashed by the Tanzanian army during the war that ousted Idi Amin. While the scars remain very visible, these days Masaka has turned the corner. For most travellers, it’s a stop en route to the Ssese Islands or Tanzania, and an otherwise good place to break your journey for a decent meal or coffee.
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