Kaabong District

Coordinates: 03°32′24″N 34°07′30″E / 3.54000°N 34.12500°E / 3.54000; 34.12500
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Kaabong District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates (Kaabong): 03°32′24″N 34°07′30″E / 3.54000°N 34.12500°E / 3.54000; 34.12500
Country Uganda
RegionNorthern Region of Uganda
Sub-regionKaramoja sub-region
Split from Kotido District2005
 • Land7,223.7 km2 (2,789.1 sq mi)
Highest elevation2,749 m (9,019 ft)
 (2012 Est.)
 • Total395,200
 • Density54.7/km2 (142/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Kaabong District is a district in the Northern Region of Uganda. The district headquarters are in the similarly named town of Kaabong.


Kaabong District is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Kenya to the northeast and the east, Moroto District to the southeast, Kotido District to the south, and Karenga District to the west. The district headquarters at Kaabong, are approximately 155 kilometres (96 mi), by road, northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region.[1] In July 2019, the newly formed Karenga District was split off from Kaabong District.[2]


Kaabong District became functional on 1 July 2005. Prior to that, it was known as Dodoth County in Kotido District. The district is part of the Karamoja sub-region, home to an estimated 1.2 million Karimojong.

Kaabong has two counties: Dodoth East County and Dodoth West County.[3][4] This is divided into one town council, Kaabong, and thirteen sub-counties: Karenga, Lobalangit, Kawalakol, Kapedo, Lolelia, Lodiko, Kathile, Sidok, Kalapata, Kamion, Kaabong East, Kaabong West and Loyoro.[5]


Kaabong District has a rocky landscape with hills and valleys. The vegetation is primarily bushes and shrubs. The climatic/weather conditions of Kaabong District are more diverse with various soil types, vegetation and altitudes. There are some areas that contain savannah vegetation, but most of the district is semi-arid with thorny shrubs. There is only one annual season of cultivation. Kidepo Valley National Park is located in the district, 66 kilometres (41 mi), by road, north of the district headquarters at Kaabong.[6]


In 1991, the national population census estimated the population of the district at around 91,200. The 2002 census estimated the population of the district at approximately 202,800. The annual population growth rate in the district, between 2002 and 2012, was 7%. In 2012, it is the population of Kaabong District was estimated at 395,200.[7]

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  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Moroto And Kaabong With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Preparations in High Gear for New Karenga District". Uganda Radio Network (URN). Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ Districts of Uganda, Statoids, accessed 3 August 2015
  4. ^ Counties of Uganda, Statoids, accessed 3 August 2015
  5. ^ "Subcounties in Kaabong District, Uganda". www.lcmt.org. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Map Showing Kaabong And Kidepo With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Estimated Population of Kaabong District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 25 May 2014.

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