Located in the south western region of Uganda, Kabale town is the main town of the bigger Kabale district and the headquarters of the district are located in its ancient town. Kabale is sometimes nicknamed “kastone” which means a small stone as in the local language “Rukiga”.
Kabale is boarded by Rubanda district in south, Kanungu district to the North West, Rukiga district to the north and Rukungiri district to the west.
Kabale town is approximately 420 kilometers away from Kampala, which is a 6 hours’ drive and a 3 hour drive from Kigali city – Rwanda. According to the 2014 national population census, Kabale has approximately 49,667 inhabitants and Kabale’s population grows at a rapid rate of at least 4% per year, making it one of the most populous towns in Uganda.
Kabale town and surroundings form one pure destination to explore and admire the rather amazing attractions that are synonymous with this region. Outside and inside, Kabale is a place where you can spot different attractions ranging from the hospitable people to chilly weather and the romantic terraced hills.
It also shelters and shares attractions from the neighboring districts, attractions such as beautiful landscapes, mountains, game parks, and activities such as hiking, nature walk can be carried out while in Kabale.
Kabale Uganda Tourism
Well known for being the second deepest lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi is found in southwestern Uganda between the districts of Kabale and Rubanda. It is located only 8km outside of Kabale town amidst the smoky Kigezi highlands. Activities such as canoeing, bird watching, cultural encounters, a visit to the traditional healer – Sam Mulisa, swimming, and hiking are among the many activities done while at Lake Bunyonyi.
Kisiizi falls borders Kabale and Rukungiri districts, lying along the Kyabamba River in Rukungiri in the midst of Kigezi highlands.
While at Kisiizi falls, you engage in activities such as birding where you view birds such as the Grey Heron, pied crow and Turaco among others. Photography of the beautiful falls together with green scenery is another fun activity. A forest walk in the small pockets of forests in the neighborhood of the falls, as well as a cultural experience with the resident Bakiga people.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This national park is located in the southern most district of Kisoro, but only a 2 hour drive from Kabale can deliver you to this mesmerizing park. Mgahinga gorilla national park is well known for gorilla trekking, volcano hiking, cultural encounters with the Batwa people, watching iconic bird species such as the black kite, white –necked raven and speckled mouse bird among others. Mgahinga also offers an opportunity of trekking the rare golden monkeys in the park.
Great lakes museum
Great Lakes Museum is located in Muhanga, between the extensive plains of Ntungamo and the hills of now Rukiga (formerly Kabale) district. This museum holds a collection of ancient items and artifacts, depicting rich history about the numerous clans of people who live in the west and southern Uganda. You can visit this fascinating place from Kampala along the highway on approach to Kabale town.
Caves & Scenic Rocks
Kabale town shelters historical physical features that were of great value to the ancient people who lived in this town as well as the current visitors. Caves are of the other iconic attractions for these were once used as hiding grounds for ancient warriors. Some of the caves include Nyakagera cave on Kabaraga hill close to Kabale town.
Accommodation in Kabale
While in Kabale, you do not need to worry about where to sleep, for this town is well established with accommodation options ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury. For luxury accommodation, Kabale town offers Bird nest resort, White Horse Inn, Arcadia cottages and many more.
For mid-range, the town offers hotels for example Summit Safari lodge on Muhanga hills, Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Bunyonyi Safaris Resort, Bunyonyi Eco Resort and Riverside hotel etc. For budget accommodation, Kabale offers outstanding facilities such as Cephas’ Inn, Green Hills Hotel and Engagi guest house among others.
You can get to Kabale town by air or road. A flight to Kabale takes approximately 30-45 minutes, while a road transfer from Kampala/Entebbe takes about 6-7 hours to reach the town. Kabale is one town that it full of fun and adventurous activities that one should not miss visiting while on their Uganda safari.