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The West Nile in Uganda is comprised of Adjumani , Arua , Koboko, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Yumbe and Zombo District. West nile is has over 40 tourism cultural sites that some are actually not yet explored. Some of the renowned sites are:-

Ajai Game Reserve
Ajai Wildlife Reserve is a small conservation protected area in northeastern Uganda dominated by a large island surrounded by seasonally flooded swamps and wooded savanna. Ajai was gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1965, the Ajai Rhino Sanctuary was home to 60 of Uganda's 80 remaining white rhino. The WWF funded an anti-poaching project there in 1962. Now Ajai reserve is known for hunting and photographic tours.

Alikua Pyramid
Located in Maracha District, west of the Arua-Koboko Highway, about half an hour drive from Arua, this pyramid is a cultural heritage that could be used to promote tourism in West Nile. The Belgians built it to signify that they were the first foreigners to settle there. But after signing the 1911 Agreement, it was heavily guarded by British Protectorate soldiers since West Nile had been transferred to British colonialists.

Mount Wati
Mount Wati is the highest mountain in West Nile. It is located in Terego County of Arua District, near the border with Maracha. Ranges next to it include the Offude Hills. It is also reported to harbour big snakes that use lights for trapping prey at night. Its elevation is approximately 1250 meters above sea level.
At Mount Wati is the ancestral burial site of the Lugbara people who died on Mount Wati in Terego.

The Gili Gili centre in the west Nile
The centre is commonly known for its cultural activities and items that attract many tourists for Uganda safaris.

Fort Dufile
Fort Dufile was originally a fort built by Emin Pasha, the Governor of Equatoria, in 1879; it is located on the Albert Nile just inside Uganda, close to a site chosen in 1874 by then-Colonel Charles George Gordon to assemble steamers that were carried there overland. Emin and A.J. Mounteney Jephson were confined in the fort during a mutiny in 1888.

Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.

The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river's energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.

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