Masindi Port

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Masindi Port
Masindi Port is located in Uganda
Masindi Port
Masindi Port
Map of Uganda showing the location of Masindi Port.
Coordinates: 01°42′00″N 32°04′20″E / 1.70000°N 32.07222°E / 1.70000; 32.07222
Country  Uganda
District Masindi District
Elevation 1,040 m (3,410 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,800
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Masindi Port is a town in Uganda.


Masindi Port is located in Masindi District in western Uganda. The town is located on the western banks of the Victoria Nile, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[1] This location is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi), by road, east of Masindi, the district capital.[2]


Masindi Port was a busy river boat docking station during the late 19th an early 20th centuries. Back then, steamboats were a major mode of transport on the Nile River. Due to the Karuma Falls and Murchison Falls on the Victoria Nile between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert, steamboats could not navigate that part of the Nile. Passengers would travel by boat from Lake Victoria, down the Victoria Nile into Lake Kyoga. They would then disembark at Masindi Port and travel by land to Butiaba, a port on Lake Albert, where they would resume their water journey downstream the Nile. With the decline of this mode of river transportation, Masindi Port and Butiaba have been reduced to mainly market towns.[3]


In 2006, the population of Masindi Port was estimated at about 7,800.[4] It is estimated that the population of the town in 2010 is approximately 8,800.

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Coordinates: 01°42′00″N 32°04′20″E / 1.70000°N 32.07222°E / 1.70000; 32.07222