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For Mubende District, see Mubende District.
Mubende in August 2007
Uganda is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°33′27″N 31°23′42″E / 0.55750°N 31.39500°E / 0.55750; 31.39500
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Mubende District
Elevation 4,400 ft (1,340 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 46,921[1]

Mubende is a town in Central Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Mubende District and is the location of the district headquarters. Mubende is the sister city of Tumwater, Washington, USA.


Mubende is located approximately 172 kilometres (107 mi), by road, west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country.[2] The coordinates of the town are:0°33'27.0"N, 31°23'42.0"E (Latitude:0.5575; Longitude:31.3950).[3]


Mubende is home to the Nakayima Shrine, said to hold the spirit of Ndahura, a former Bacwezi king. The site, located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) outside of the central business district of the town, is marked by Nakayima tree, at the base of which lie large root buttresses, forming nooks and fissures.

The shrine is located on top of Mubende Hill, that rises 213 metres (699 ft) above the surrounding terrain, to a peak level of 1,560 metres (5,120 ft) above sea level. The hill has a flat table-like top where an ancient palace once stood. The top of Mubende Hill provides an excellent view of Mubende town and the surrounding area. The shrine is visited by the people paying homage to the matriarch Nakayima of the Bachwezi, believed to be semi-gods, whose dynasty ruled this region in the period prior to 1,300 AD.[4]


The 2002 national census estimated the population of the town of Mubende to be about 16,000. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 21,400. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Mubende at 22,200.[5] In 2014, the national population census put the population of Mubende at 46,921.[1]

Points of interest[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Distance Between Kampala And Mubende With Map". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Location of Mubende At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Profile of Mubende Town". Uganda Travel Bureau. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ UBOS, . "Estimated Population of Mubende In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Businge, Gerald (13 June 2007). "Profile of Frontpage Microfinance Limited". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Road Distance Between Mubende and Kabamba with Map". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°33′27″N 31°23′42″E / 0.55750°N 31.39500°E / 0.55750; 31.39500