|• Chairman LC5||Philemon Mateke PhD|
|Elevation||6,200 ft (1,890 m)|
|Population (2011 Estimate)|
|Time zone||East African time|
Kisoro is located approximately 41 kilometres (25 mi), by road, west of Kabale, the largest town in the sub-region. This location lies approximately 460 kilometres (290 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country. 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.
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. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Kisoro at 12,900.
Points of interest
The following points of interest are located within the town limits or near its edges:
- The headquarters of Kisoro District Administration
- The offices of Kisoro Town Council
- Kisoro Central Market
- Kisoro Airport - Administered by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority
- Kisoro District Hospital - A 160 bed public hospital, administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
- A branch of Equity Bank
- A branch of Stanbic Bank
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - For viewing Mountain Gorillas and the Virunga Mountains
- Lake Mutanda - Located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, north of Kisoro.