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Kabale is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°15′00″S 29°59′24″E / 1.25000°S 29.99000°E / -1.25000; 29.99000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Region of Uganda
Sub-region Kigezi sub-region
District Kabale District
 • Mayor Pius Ruhemurana
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 49,667[1]

Kabale is a city in the Western Region of Uganda. It is the chief town of Kabale District, and the district headquarters are located there.


Kabale is located in the Kabale District of the Kigezi sub-region. It is approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[2] The town lies 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level. The coordinates of Kabale are: 01 15 00S, 29 59 24E (Latitude:-1.2500; 29.9900).[3]


Kabale is a market town and a transportation hub as the main road from Kampala continues through the town, to the border with Rwanda at Katuna, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of Kabale. Another road continues westwards to Kisoro, where travelers may continue to either the Democratic Republic of the Congo or the Rwandan town of Ruhengeri. Kabale is often used as a stop-off point for people visiting Lake Bunyonyi and is also a convenient base for tourists to visit the two parks famous for mountain gorilla tracking: Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Virunga Mountains along the Rwandan border are visible from the town.


According to the 2002 national population census, Kabale municipality had approximately 41,350 inhabitants. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 44,200 in 2010. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Kabale at 44,600.[4] The 2014 national population census conduced in August, put the population of Kabale at 49,667.[1]


Kabale's landscape

Kabale is the largest metropolitan area in Kabale District. It is also the largest town in the Kigezi sub-region.

Kabale has green, interlocking, and heavily cultivated hills that range from 1,219 metres (3,999 ft) to 2,347 metres (7,700 ft) above sea level surrounding the city. The town also has terraces of vegetable farms and numerous valleys in which approximately 2 million people live.

Its altitude makes it colder than the rest of the country. The average monthly temperatures are around 18 °C (64 °F) and can fall to 10 °C (50 °F) at night. Relative humidity is between 90 and 100 percent in the morning and decreases to between 42 and 75 percent in the afternoon, all the year around.

Tourist attractions[edit]

The major attraction bringing visitors to Kabale are the mountain gorillas. The town is on the way to the national parks where these endangered animals reside - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Other nearby attractions include the Ihimba Hot Springs and Lake Bunyonyi, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Kabale.

Other points of interest[edit]

The other points of interest within the town limits or close to the edges of town include the following:

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". Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Distance Between Kampala And Kabale With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Google (2 July 2015). "Location of Kabale At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  4. ^ UBOS, . "Estimated Population of Kabale Town In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Uwera, Runyambo (12 April 2010). "Central Bank Launches Currency Centre". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°15′00″S 29°59′24″E / 1.25000°S 29.99000°E / -1.25000; 29.99000