|• Land||1,524.28 km2 (588.53 sq mi)|
|Population (2009 Estimate)|
|• Density||241/km2 (620/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Rukungiri District is bordered by Rubirizi District to the north, Mitooma District to the east, Ntungamo District to the southeast, Kabale District to the south, Kanungu District to the west and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the northwest. The district headquarters at Rukungiri are located approximately 385 kilometres (239 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital city. The coordinates of the district are:00 47S, 29 56S.
The district was created in 1974 and was known then as North Kigezi District. Its name changed to Rukungiri District in 1980, a name it derived from its 'chief town' of Rukungiri. When Kanungu District was split off to form a separate district, Rukungiri District was reduced to two counties: Rujumbura County and Rubabo County.
Rukungiri District is endowed with rich soils and a good climate for agriculture. The district is the birth place of Colonel (Rtd) Kizza Warren Besigye Kifefe, who was a candidate for the Ugandan Presidency in 2001, 2006 and 2011. Other prominent Ugandans who hail from Rukungiri District include General Aronda Nyakayirima, the current "Chief of Defence Forces" of the Uganda People's Defense Force and Brigadier Henry Tumukunde, formerly the Director of Uganda's Internal Security Organisation (ISO). One of the Parliamentary representatives of this District is Major General (Rtd) James Muhwezi Katugugu. The chairman of the Elections Commission in 1980, mzee kakururu of buyanja & the late Kosia Kikira was also another prominent Ugandan from Rukungiri District.
The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at 275,200. The district annual population growth rate was estimated at 2.5% in 2002. It is estimated that the population of the district in 2010 was approximately 327,100. See table below:
|Rukungiri District Population Trends|
The mainstay of the economy of Rukungiri District, like the rest of the country, is agriculture. More than 90% of the population are engaged in farming. Of the 1,524.28 square kilometres (588.53 sq mi) total land area of the district, 1,352.3 square kilometres (522.1 sq mi) is arable land. Out of these, 1,150 square kilometres (440 sq mi) are already under cultivation. However, production is mainly subsistence although the soils are very fertile and with potential for intensive commercial farming. The two chief cash crops are coffee and matooke.
The district also has some of the best dairy farms in the country especially in the sub counties of Kebisoni and Buyanja. About 3.52 million liters of milk are produced in the district annually. Due to the altitude, Rukungiri District is ideal for cultivation of all crops including temperate fruits. Thus in many sub counties there are successful farmers engaged in the production of grapes, apples, pears and peaches.
The following tourist attractions are located in Rukungiri District: 
Other points of interest
The following points of interest are located in Rukungiri District: