Kaabong District

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Kaabong District
Kaabong landscape.jpg
Location of Kaabong in Uganda

Coordinates (Kaabong): 03°32′24″N 34°07′30″E / 3.54000°N 34.12500°E / 3.54000; 34.12500Coordinates: 03°32′24″N 34°07′30″E / 3.54000°N 34.12500°E / 3.54000; 34.12500
Country  Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Karamoja sub-region
Split from Kotido District 2005
Capital Kaabong
 • Land 7,223.7 km2 (2,789.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation (Mount Morungole) 2,749 m (9,019 ft)
Population (2012 Est.)
 • Total 395,200
 • Density 54.7/km2 (142/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Kaabong District is a district in Northern Uganda. It is named after its 'chief town', Kaabong, where the district headquarters are located.


Kaabong District is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, the Republic of Kenya to the northeast, and the east, Moroto District to the southeast, Kotido District to the south and Kitgum District to the west. The district headquarters at Kaabong, are located approximately 155 kilometres (96 mi), by road, northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region.[1]


Kaabong District became functional on 1 July 2005. Prior to that, it was known as Dodoth County in Kotido District. The district is part of the Karamoja sub-region, home to an estimated 1.2 million Karimojong.

Kaabong has one county; Dodoth. This is divided into one town council, Kaabong, and thirteen sub-counties: Karenga, Lobalangit, Kawalakol, Kapedo, Lolelia, Lodiko, Kathile, Sidok, Kalapata, Kamion, Kaabong East, Kaabong West and Loyoro.


Kaabong District has a rocky landscape with hills and valleys. The vegetation is primarily bushes and shrubs. The climatic/weather conditions of Kaabong District are more diverse with various soil types, vegetation and altitudes. There are some areas that contain savannah vegetation, but most of the district is semi-arid with thorny shrubs. There is only one annual season of cultivation.Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the district, 66 kilometres (41 mi), by road, north of the district headquarters at Kaabong.[2]


In 1991, the national population census estimated the population of the district at about 91,200. The national census in 2002 estimated the population of the district at approximately 202,800. The annual population growth rate in the district, between 2002 and 2012, was calculated at 7%. In 2012, it is estimated that the population of Kaabong District was about 395,200.[3] The table below illustrates the growth of the district population between 2002 and 2012. All numbers are estimates.

Kaabong District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 202,800
2003 217,000
2004 232,200
2005 248,500
Year Est. Pop.
2006 265,900
2007 284,500
2008 304,400
2009 325,700
Year Est. Pop.
2010 348,500
2011 372,900

Economic activities[edit]

Animal husbandry is the main economic activity in the district. A great majority of the district population are nomadic pastoralists who roam the landscape looking for grass and water for their animals. Agriculture is not widely practiced in the central part of the district, though its importance has increased in recent years. It is the primary activity in the western belt of the district and in the northeastern corner, especially Kamion.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Moroto And Kaabong With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map Showing Kaabong And Kidepo With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Kaabong District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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