What is the origin of the name Masaka?

*Masaka* Comes from Amasaka. (Sorghum) the major crop that was then grown in the area. Amasaka is a Kinyarwanda name for Sorghum. Many people that lived in the area then were mainly Batusi(people of the hills/mounds)

What tribes are in Masaka district?

It has also a diversity of ethnicity. The majority of the people are Baganda followed by the Banyankole, Banyarwanda and Banyoro.

What are the economic activities in Masaka district?

The major economic activities in Masaka include Agriculture with the major cash crops being Matooke, Sweet potatoes, Pineapples and Tomatoes.

What is the geographical scope of Masaka district?

Masaka District is situated about 37 kms, away from the equator towards the south and lies between 00-25 south, and 340 East, having an average altitude of 1150m above sea level

What is masaka city known for?

The popular activities here include canoeing, beach rally, fishing, camping, and accommodation in the beautiful bandas and cottages besides the lake. You can also enjoy beach volley and beach football among others. You can also enjoy agro tourism in the ranches with in Masaka, market gardening farm among others.

When did Masaka become a city?

Masaka was founded as a township in 1953. It became a town council in 1958 and a municipality in 1968. Masaka was a strategically important location during the Uganda–Tanzania War (1978–79), and was accordingly garrisoned by Uganda Army troops.

Masaka is approximately 132 kilometres (82 mi) to the south-west of Kampala on the highway to Mbarara. The city is close to the Equator. The coordinates of Masaka are 0°20'28.0"S, 31°44'10.0"E (Latitude:-0.341111; Longitude:31.736111). Masaka lies at an average elevation of 1,288 metres (4,226 ft) above sea level.