The town is mainly a trade centre for the neighbouring communities.
However it has become increasingly popular as the gateway of choice for travellers heading to the world heritage site Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to half the world's population of mountain gorillas.
The easiest way to get in is by boarding a public bus from Kampala; a number of providers exist but Muhabura and Savanah bus services will get you there direct. Travel times range from 8 to 10 hours depending on a variety of factors
While in Butogota, popular boda boda riders are at service for short distances. For long tours, especially to Bwindi Impenetrable, one will have to charter private vehicles from the town as the road is quite rough.
- Wonderful scenery
- Lush tea plantations
- The incredible mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park