|Region||Northern Region of Uganda|
|Sub-region||West Nile sub-region|
|Elevation||2,044 ft (623 m)|
|Population (2014 Census)|
Pakwach is in Nebbi District, West Nile sub-region. It is approximately 112 kilometres (70 mi), by road, southeast of Arua, the largest town in the sub-region. This is along the western bank of the Albert Nile, approximately 121 kilometres (75 mi), by road, southwest of Gulu, the largest city in the Northern Region. The coordinates of Pakwach are 2°27'43.0"N, 31°29'54.0"E (Latitude:2.461944; Longitude:31.498333).
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The town is the country's railhead on the White Nile, near the northern outlet of Lake Albert. The next port on the White Nile is Juba, South Sudan. In June 2006, Chinese assistance was promised to build a railway extension from Pakwach to Juba, which is about 600 kilometres (370 mi) south of the Sudan Railways southernmost station at Wåw. Should the Ugandan and South Sudanese railways ever meet, there will be a break of gauge problem as Uganda uses meter gauge and South Sudan uses cape gauge, which can be reduced by building the new tracks with gauge convertible sleepers.
The 2002 national census estimated the population of the town at 17,625. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population 21,700 in 2010. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of at 22,300. In 2014, the national population census put the population at 22,360.
2013 total solar eclipse
On 3 November 2013, Pakwach was the centre of Uganda's solar eclipse celebrations. Thousands of locals were joined by solar eclipse tourists and professional observers. The official celebration, which took place at a primary school 10 kilometers from the town of Pakwach, was attended by three kings (Rwothi), Uganda's President Museveni, and cabinet ministers.
Points of interest
The following additional points of interest lies within the town limits or near its edges:
- offices of Pakwach Town Council
- Pakwach central market
- northwestern corner of Murchison Falls National Park, a few kilometers east of town
- Gulu-Arua road, passing through the town
- Pakwach Campus of Muni University, housing the Faculty of Fisheries and Aquaculture
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- Steven Candia, and Benedict Okethwengu (4 November 2013). "Thousands view total solar eclipse in Pakwach". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Oleny, Solomon (28 October 2013). "Sites And Sounds of Uganda: more than the eclipse at Pakwach". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Ssenkabira, Al-Mahdi (19 December 2011). "Mixed reactions as West Nile gets first University". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 24 February 2015.