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Butiaba is located in Uganda
Map of Uganda showing the location of Butiaba
Placement on map is approximate.
Coordinates: 01°49′08″N 31°19′33″E / 1.81889°N 31.32583°E / 1.81889; 31.32583
Country  Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Bunyoro sub-region
District Masindi District
Elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Butiaba, sometimes spelled as Butyaba, is a town in the Western Region of Uganda.


Butiaba is located on the eastern shores of Lake Albert, in Masindi District. It is approximately 57 kilometres (35 mi), by road, west of the district headquarters at Masindi.[1] This location is approximately 270 kilometres (170 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] The coordinates of Butiaba are:1°49'08.0"N, 31°19'33.0"E (Latitude:1.818889; Longitude:31.325833).[3]


During the first half of the 20th century, Butiaba was an important transportation hub, where merchandise from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and from South Sudan was transported by boat across Lake Albert to Butiaba Harbour. At Butiaba, merchandise was transported overland, through Masindi to Masindi Port. At Masindi Port, the produce would be loaded on barges, ferried across Lake Kyoga to Soroti. At Soroti, it would be loaded onto railway wagons for transportation by rail to Mombasa, Kenya, on the Indian Ocean, for export. Imported goods and merchandise were transported along the same route, in reverse.

When the East African Railways Corporation was dissolved in the 1970s, Butiaba's prominence declined and the harbour became dormant. A significant amount of petroleum deposits has since been discovered in the ground and under the lake near Butiaba. Reviving Butiaba Harbour to play a role in the transportation of equipment, manpower, and petroleum is being considered.[4][5]


As of July 2014, the exact population of Butiaba was not known. The national population census in Uganda took place in August 2014 but results are yet to come out.[6]

Point of interest[edit]

Lake Albert - One of the lakes in the Western Rift Valley. The international border between the DRC and Uganda runs through it.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Masindi and Butiaba with Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Butiaba With Distance Indicator". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Google, . "Location of Butiaba At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Bagala, Andrew (22 April 2008). "Butiaba Port To Be Redeveloped As Route For Oil Transportation". Daily Monitor via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (27 January 2010). "Uganda Starts Oil Production This Year". New Vision. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Ninsiima, Racheal (14 July 2013). "Uganda Census Planned for 2014". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 01°49′08″N 31°19′33″E / 1.81889°N 31.32583°E / 1.81889; 31.32583