Kabale town is an incredible tourist city within south-western Uganda and the main headquaters of Kabale district. This town is home to the district headquarters and is bordered by a number of Towns – Rukungiri to the west, Kanungu to the north-west, Rukiga to the north and Rubanda to the south. It is characterized by quite beautifully terraced hills surrounding the Town and is known for being a gateway into unforgettable gorilla trekking adventures in Bwindi impenetrable forest and rest along Lake Bunyonyi shores – deepest lake in Uganda.
The name “Kabale” originated from the word “Kastone”, to mean “a small stone” in the local Rukiga dialect.
Location of Kabale Town.
Kabale Town is found in the district of Kabale within Kigezi sub-region, in the south-western side of Uganda. The Town is about 420 kilometers (260 miles) by road south of the Capital City (Kampala). Kabale is one of the highland Towns of Uganda and sits on an area with altitude of 2000 meters (6600 feet) above sea level.
Population of Kabale Town.
According to the most recent (2014) National Population Census, the Town of Kabale had about 49,667 people and with 4% annual growth rate, it is believed to be one of the most populated towns in the country.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND KABALE TOWN.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the south-west of Uganda and part of it is found in Kabale district. This Park shelters over 120 species of mammals including the endangered mountain gorillas, over 350 species of birds that include 23 Albertine Rift endemics as well as over 200 butterfly species.
This Park is popular for offering interesting activities such as mountain gorilla trekking, guided forest walks, bird watching, cultural encounters and mountain biking/cycling.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is found in Kisoro district, about 2 hours from the Town of Kabale and is another outstanding habitat for mountain gorillas. Besides trekking gorillas, visitors to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can also trek the golden monkeys, hike the Virunga Volcanoes (Gahinga, Sabyinyo or Muhabura), interact with Batwa pygmies and a chance to encounter wide range of bird species including the Albertine rift endemics.
Home of Edirisa.
The Home of Edirisa is an outstanding cultural Museum in the highlands, northwest of Kabale Town and shelters a replica of Traditional Rukiga homestead. It was constructed from sticks and papyrus, to showcase how the local people lived in the past in addition to displaying a collection of artifacts displaying the rich history of Bakiga clans.
Kisiizi waterfalls are set on River Kyabamba, in Rukungiri district bordering Kabale within the south-western part of Uganda. The falls offer shelter to a wide range of bird species that include the Hadada Ibis, Pied Crows, Grey-crowned cranes, Grey herons, cattle egrets and many others.
Guided walks are also conducted through the nearby small pockets of forests in addition to photography of the falls and cultural tours of the nearby Bakiga communities.
Breathtaking Caves and Rocks.
The Town of Kabale also has several physical attractions with rich historical and cultural value to the people of Kigezi sub-region. These Caves were used as hiding places during ancient wars and some of them include Kabaraga Hill, Nyakaro Hill, Mirambi Hill, Nyabisekembe Hill, Nyakagera Cave, Nyarujansi Hill and many others close to the Town of Kabale.
Situated in south-western Uganda between Rubanda and Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest Lake in the African Continent. It is about 8 kilometers outside the Town of Kabale, in the heart of misty, terraced Kigezi highlands.
A number of activities can be enjoyed by visitors here and these include swimming, bird watching, island hopping, boat/canoe rides, Zip lining, sight – seeing, cultural tours and hiking.
Accommodation facilities in or near Kabale Town.
There are a wide range of budget, midrange and luxury accommodation facilities within the Town of Kabale. For midrange and luxury travelers, Bunyonyi Heights Inn, Crater Bay Cottages, Paradise Eco-Hub, the Arcadia Cottages, Villa Bunyonyi, Bunyonyi Overland Resort, Lake Bunyonyi Rock Resort, Bunyonyi Eco Resort, Bunyonyi Safari Resort and Riverside Hotel offer a feeling of home away from home. Budget travellers can stay at Engagi Guesthouse, Green Hills Hotel, Byoona Amagara, Cephas’ Inn, White Horse Inn, Kigezi Gardens Inn and many others.
How to get to Kabale Town?
Kabale Town is over 420 kilometers/7-8 hours’ drive from Kampala City and can be reached by air or road transport. For air, Kabale Town is served by Kabale Airstrip with flights organized from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip.
Flights to Kabale Airstrip take between 30 and 45 minutes while for road transport, you will use the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Ntungamo-Kabale road.