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Kisoro is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°17′06″S 29°41′06″E / 1.28500°S 29.68500°E / -1.28500; 29.68500
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Kigezi sub-region
District Kisoro District
 • Chairman LC5 Philemon Mateke PhD
Elevation 6,200 ft (1,890 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 12,900
Time zone East African time

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


Kisoro is located approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi), by road, west of Kabale, the largest town in the sub-region.[1] This location lies approximately 460 kilometres (290 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[2] The coordinates of the town are: 01 17 06S, 29 41 06E (Latitude:-1.2850; Longitude:29.6850). It lies east of Rumangabo in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Virunga Mountains.


Kisoro is located in a wonderful setting under the peaks of the Mufumbiro Mountains which are part of the Virunga Mountains and home to the rare Mountain Gorilla. Because of this, Kisoro has become a magnet to tourists. Mountainous scenery, Lake Mutanda, Mountain Gorillas, colorful markets, and volcano trekking provide an array of activities for visitors to do. Kisoro is just about the end of the road for those visiting western Uganda. It is the nearest town to the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and is the access town for those proceeding to Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo for gorilla tracking in the Parc Des Volcans or the Parc Des Virunga.[3]


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Kisoro at 11,328. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 12,400 in 2008.[4] In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Kisoro at 12,900.[5]

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The following points of interest are located within the town limits or near its edges:

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Coordinates: 01°17′06″S 29°41′06″E / 1.28500°S 29.68500°E / -1.28500; 29.68500