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Kabale is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°15′00″S 29°59′24″E / 1.25000°S 29.99000°E / -1.25000; 29.99000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Kigezi sub-region
District Kabale District
 • Mayor Pius Ruhemurana
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 44,600

Kabale is a city in Western Uganda. It is the 'chief town' of Kabale District and the district headquarters are located there. The district is named after the town.


Kabale is located approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[1] The town lies 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level. The coordinates of Kabale are:01 15 00S, 29 59 24E (Latitude:-1.2500; 29.9900).


Kabale is a market town and a transportation hub as the main road from Kampala continues through the town, to the border with Rwanda at Katuna, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Kabale. Another road continues westwards to Kisoro, where travelers may continue to either the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the Rwandan town of Ruhengeri. Kabale is often used as a stop-off point for people visiting Lake Bunyonyi and is also a convenient base for the tourists to the two parks famous for mountain gorilla tracking : Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Virunga Mountains along the Rwandan border are visible from the town.


According to the 2002 national population census, Kabale municipality had 41,344 inhabitants. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 43,500 in 2008. [2] In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Kabale at 44,600.[3]


Kabale's landscape

Kabale is the largest metropolitan area in Kabale District. It is also the largest town in the Kigezi sub-region. Kabale is one of the most scenic towns in Uganda, with Green, interlocking and heavily cultivated hills, that range from 1,219 metres (3,999 ft) to 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level that surround the city, and with beautiful Terraces of Vegetable farms and numerous valleys in which an approximately 2 Million people live, Kabale remains one of Uganda's tourist attractions. This altitude makes it colder than the rest of the country. The average monthly temperatures are around 18 °C (64 °F) and can fall to 10 °C (50 °F) at night. Relative humidity is between 90 and 100% in the morning and decreases to between 42% and 75% in the afternoon, all the year around.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The major attraction bringing visitors to Kabale are the mountain gorillas. The town is on the way to the national parks where these endangered animals reside - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi is in fact partially within Kabale District. Other attractions include the Ihimba Hot Springs nearby, and Lake Bunyonyi, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Kabale.

Other Points of interest[edit]

The other points of interest within the town limits or close to the edges of town include the following:

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Coordinates: 01°15′00″S 29°59′24″E / 1.25000°S 29.99000°E / -1.25000; 29.99000