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footnotes = Kabale is the chief town of
Kabale Districtin south western Uganda. Kabale municipality has 41,344 inhabitants [per 2002 Census of [http://www.ubos.org/ Uganda Bureau of Statistics] ] and lies 2000m above sea level. It is a market townand a transport hub as the main road from Kampalacontinues through the town south to the border with Rwandaat Gatuna, 10 km away. Another road continues westwards to Kisoro, where travelers may continue to either the Democratic Republic of the Congoor the Rwandan town of Ruhengeri. The town is often used as a stop off point for people visiting Lake Bunyonyiand is also a convenient base for the tourists to the two parks famous for mountain gorillatracking : Mgahinga National Parkand Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Virunga Mountainsalong the Rwandan border are visible from the town.
Kabale is a highland district and a town in southwestern
Uganda. It measures 1,827 sq.km and borders with Rwanda. Green, interlocking and heavily cultivated hills are ranging from 1,219 to 2,347 m above sea level. This altitude makes it colder than the rest of the country - average monthly temperatures are 15-20 degrees Celsius and can fall to 10 degrees by night. Relative humidity is between 90 and 100% in the morning and decreases to 42 to 75% in the afternoon, all the year around. The three counties of Rubanda, Rukiga and Ndorwa together with Kabale Municipality form Kabale District.
Kabale has a projected population of 629,400 (2000), predominantly from the
Bakigatribe. The density is 344.5 persons/sq.km, the third largest in Uganda, and the land is heavily fragmented. An average household has six to seven plots of land on several hills.
The people are predominantly from the
Bakigatribe, but also from Batwa( Pygmies) and other groups.
The attraction bringing visitors to Kabala are mountain gorillas. The town is on the way to the national parks with these endangered animals -
Bwindi Impenetrable National Parkand Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindiis in fact partially within Kabale District.
Another point of interest is the pretty
Lake Bunyonyi, seven kilometres from Kabale Town.
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