Welcome to the 'Switzerland of Africa' - so they say! You will be thrilled with a visit to Kabale town in the Western Uganda. Surely not much about how developed this place is ... but the natural beauty of the region will certainly catch your eye!
The undulating terrain and the varied landscapes clearly cutting out the different shades of greenery of the carefully cultivated gardens and farms is amazing - the combination of hills and valleys interlocked with precision - if you like, is nothing like the rest of Uganda you have seen before!
This place is rich with potential - there is an immense possibility of trekking, biking and camping that this place offers.
Located about 6 miles from the border with Rwanda, Kabale town is considered the major business and transportation hub in the south-west particularly with connections to Kigali - Rwanda. It's about 260 miles (420km) south west Of the Capital - Kampala. A good run on the road should take you about 8 - 10 hours to get there.
Kabale Town - Photo by; François Terrier
Photo by; Brian Harries
The beautiful Lake Bunyonyi is just about 4.5 miles west of the town. And for the Mountain climbers - the Virunga Mountains that sit along the border with Rwanda are quite evidently visible from Kabale town.
The town hosts the headquarters of Kabale district (named after Kabale town) and is the chief administrative town of the Kigezi sub-region.
For those that love a bit of history, this town has a long history that dates back to the 1880s when Uganda was still a protectorate of Britain. Name coded the 'Switzerland of Africa' - perhaps because of its hilly nature and climate, it was the seat of the former Kigezi District Administration.
Kabale town has a population of about 45,000 people ... however interestingly, approximately 500,000 people live in the valleys and hills of the surrounding regions in the district.
Road to Kabale - Photo by; Brian Harries
The region boasts of the coolest of Ugandan weather - with an average of about 18 °C (64 °F) that could quickly drop to 10 °C (50 °F) at night, making it perhaps the coldest place in Uganda - quite cold for majority of Ugandans I must say! You will see a few shivers for those that are visiting Kabale for the first time.
Been to Kabale before? Tell your story here ... I am certain that if you have not been, this place will instantly be a big hit when you do visit - You will love it!
Did you know that;
The local dialet in Kabale is Rukiga? Here are a few survival phrases to get you started with the lingo ...
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