Mukono District

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Mukono District
District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°28′50″N 32°46′14″E / 0.48056°N 32.77056°E / 0.48056; 32.77056Coordinates: 00°28′50″N 32°46′14″E / 0.48056°N 32.77056°E / 0.48056; 32.77056
Country  Uganda
Region Central Region of Uganda
Capital Mukono
Area
 • Land 1,875.1 km2 (724.0 sq mi)
Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 596,804
 • Density 334.3/km2 (866/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website www.mukono.go.ug

Mukono District is a district in the Central Region of Uganda. The town of Mukono is the site of the district's headquarters and its main commercial centre.[1]

Location[edit]

Mukono District is bordered by Kayunga District to the north, Buikwe District to the east, Tanzania to the south, Kalangala District to the south-west, Kira Town and Wakiso District to the west, and Luweero District to the north-west.[2] The town of Mukono is about 21 kilometres (13 mi), by road, east of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda.[3] This is about 55 kilometres (34 mi) west of the town of Njeru, where the Nalubaale Power Station is located, on the Kampala–Jinja Highway.[4] The geographical coordinates of Mukono District are 00°28'50.0"N, 32°46'14.0"E (Latitude:0.480567; Longitude:32.770567).[5]

Demographics[edit]

The 1991 national population census estimated the diatrict's population at 319,400. According to the 2002 national census, the population was about 423,100, of whom 49.8 percent were males and 50.2 percent were females. At that time, its population growth rate was estimated at 2.7 percent per annum. In 2012, the population was estimated at 551,000.[6] In August 2014, the national population census and household survey, enumerated the district inhabitants at 596,804.[6]

Tourist attractions[edit]

The district has a favorable climate, abundant rainfall, rich flora and fauna, and proximity to urban areas.[citation needed] The major tourist attractions in the district include the following:

Lake Victoria[edit]

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh-water lake in the world. Many water sports are available there. Lakeside leisure sites are also available.[7]

Sezibwa Falls[edit]

In the middle of the district runs the River Sezibwa, believed by Buganda legend to have been borne by Nakangu Tibatesa, the wife of Nsubuga Sebwaato in Kawuna, Ngongwe, around the time of the Christian biblical prophet Isaiah. The river flows into Lake Kyoga. The nature of its birth makes the river a cultural symbol of great importance to Buganda's heritage.[8]

The Sezibwa Falls are 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) off the Kampala-Jinja Highway, 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of the town of Mukono.[9] The site also has a natural forest reserve, which has forest trails and nature walkways for birdwatching and forest exploration. Over 100 bird species and some wild animals, including rare species of monkeys, may be found at this location.[8]

The Sezibwa Falls are also a cultural site of the Baganda and has cultural artifacts, including caves, 100-year-old trees, and special rocks of deep cultural significance to the Baganda of Buganda in central Uganda. It is one of the official cultural cites of the Buganda Kingdom.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UBOS (June 2009). "Higher Local Government Statistical Abstract: Mukono District" (PDF). Kampala: Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Google (7 November 2016). "Map Showing Mukono District And Neighboring Communities" (Map). Google Maps. Google. 
  3. ^ Globefeed.com (7 November 2016). "Distance between Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda and Mukono Taxi Park, Mukono, Central Region, Uganda". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Globefeed.com (7 November 2016). "Distance between Mukono, Central Region, Uganda and Nalubaale Power Station Bridge, Jinja, Uganda". Globedfeed.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Google (7 November 2016). "The Geographical Coordinates of Mukono District" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b UBOS (June 2013). "Estimated Population of Mukono District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Kampala: Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Tumwesigye, Martyn (27 January 2014). "Lakeside Adventure Park Uganda: A Classic Adventure". The Peal Guide Uganda. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Kabiza (16 October 2016). "Ssezibwa Falls: Culture, Legends, Scenic Wonders". Kabiza.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Globefeed.com (7 November 2016). "Distance between Mukono, Central Region, Uganda and Sezibwa Falls, Mukono, Central Region, Uganda". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 

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