Masindi Town is in the Bunyoro Kingdom which used to stretch from North of the Nile to Karagwe in Tanzania and across Lake Albert into the Congo. The current residence of the Kabalega is in Hoima, and the Royal Tombs of Cwa II Kabalega and Sir Tito Winyi IV are at Mparo, 2 km outside of Hoima on the Hoima to Masindi road.
The Missionary/Hunter, Pete Pearson hunted with the late Kabalega, until he was killed himself by an elephant on the escarpment over looking Butiaba, the port village on the shores of Lake Albert.
Today visitors to Butiaba can view the wreck of the Robert Corringdon Steam Ship, which was used to carry cargo and passengers from the Congo to Uganda. Palm lined sand covered roads, sandy beaches strewn with fishing nets and dug out canoes give a picturesque view, which has changed very little in the last century. The old airstrip still flies a windsock, reminiscent of the days of Hemingway’s legendary trip to the district, where he was involved in two plane crashes in the space of a week. The first at Murchison Falls and the second at Butiaba airstrip. Hemingway stayed at the Masindi Hotel on his return to Kampala.
A carved wooden frieze above the reception desk at the hotel depicts some of the early history of the Bunyoro Kingdom as described above.