Ntungamo District

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Ntungamo District
District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°53′S 30°16′E / 0.883°S 30.267°E / -0.883; 30.267Coordinates: 00°53′S 30°16′E / 0.883°S 30.267°E / -0.883; 30.267
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Ankole sub-region
Capital Ntungamo
Area
 • Total 2,051 km2 (792 sq mi)
 • Water 74.2 km2 (28.6 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 480,100
 • Density 234/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.ntungamo.go.ug

Ntungamo District is a district in Western Uganda. Like most Ugandan districts, it named after its 'chief town', Ntungamo, the location of the district headquarters.

Overview[edit]

In the past, Ntungamo District was part of the Ankole Kingdom, a traditional monarchy that dates back to the 18th century. The kingdom was abolished by Milton Obote in 1967. The current President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and his wife, Janet Museveni, were both born in Ntungamo District. The Ankole Kingdom is coterminous with Ankole sub-region, home to an estimated 2.2 inhabitants in 2002, according to the national census conducted that year.[1] The districts that constitute the sub-region are: 1. Buhweju District 2. Bushenyi District 3. Ibanda District 4. Isingiro District 5. Kiruhura District 6. Mitooma District 7. Ntungamo District 8. Rubirizi District and 9. Sheema District.

Location[edit]

Ntungamo District is bordered to the north, Mitooma District, Sheema District and Mbarara District, going from west to east. Isingiro District lies to the east, the Republic of Rwanda to the south, Kabale District to the southwest and Rukungiri District to the northwest.[2] The district headquarters at Ntungamo, are located about 66 kilometres (41 mi), by road, southwest of Mbarara, the largest city in Ankole sub-region.[3] The general coordinates of the district are: 00 53S, 30 16E. The district covers 2,051.4 square kilometres (792.0 sq mi) of which approximately 0.2% is open water, 3.4% is wetland and about 0.01% is forest.

Population[edit]

In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 305,200. The national census of 2002 estimated the population of Ntungamo District at about 380,000, with an estimated annual population growth rate of 2.4%. It is estimated that in 2012, the population of the district was approximately 480,100.[4] The table below depicts the growth of the district population between 2002 and 2012. All figures are estimates.

Ntungamo District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 380,000
2003 389,100
2004 398,400
2005 408,000
Year Est. Pop.
2006 417,800
2007 427,800
2008 438,100
2009 448,600
Year Est. Pop.
2010 459,400
2011 470,400

Tourism in Ntungamo District[edit]

Tourism in Ntungamo District is not well developed but there are several potential tourism sites, including: 1. Karegyeya Rock 2. Lake Nyabihoko 3. Uganda-Rwanda Border 4. Bird-watching in the wetlands and 5. Agricultural development projects.

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