Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kanungu, Uganda

Uganda's Location in Africa

Uganda

The easy way to find Uganda on any map is to follow the equator until it crosses Lake Victoria. Uganda straddles the equator and is located around the northwest corner of Lake Victoria. The country is slightly smaller in area than the American state Michigan and has a population of approximately 31,000,000.  It borders the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, and Tanzania and Rwanda to the south.

Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kanungu's Location in Uganda

Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kanungu Districts

Kabale, Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kanungu are districts in the southwest of Uganda.  Contrary to popular notions of equatorial Africa, this part of the country is green and hilly.  Nearby Lake Victoria generally keeps the temperatures in the range of 60-70°F (15-20°C) and the humidity in the range of 90-100%. The weather is good for farming and the terraced farms grow sorghum, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, wheat, beans, maize, peas, pears and millet for local consumption and coffee and snow peas for export.

This picture of Kabale Township shows the hills with their terraced farms. This kind of farming was in common practice before European colonists arrived, as was crop rotation to preserve soil quality, but erosion is still a significant problem. The soil does not hold much water and the rains are frequent.

Kabale Town

Industry in Uganda is diverse. The manufacturing firms in Uganda include agro-industry, chemical and paint, construction, furniture, metals, paper and publishing, plastic, textiles and leather and wood industries. Ugandan agriculture provides the raw materials for manufacturing sugar, food oils, and many other products. One of their more interesting products is biomass fuel briquettes, a household fuel made from agricultural waste, which may help reduce deforestation. There is also a fair amount of business associated with the highway that is part of a network that runs from Lagos, Nigeria to Mombasa, Kenya (this highway is sometimes called the AIDS highway).

Tourists, both foreign and domestic, enjoy the natural beauty of southwestern Uganda, which is sometimes known as "the Switzerland of Africa". Popular activities include seeing gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, hiking and boating around Lake Bunyonyi, and relaxing in the Ihimba Hot Springs. All of the major attractions have western-style hotels to take advantage of the tourist trade.

The people of southwestern Uganda are predominantly from the Bakiga tribe, a mountain people with cultural ties to Rwanda. They have embraced European culture, including language, dress and religion. English is one of the official languages (the other is Swahili) and it is considered fashionable to speak it fluently.

Ugandans, like people everywhere, take pride in their athletes. They are proficient at sports, including soccer, cricket, basketball, track and field, golf and motorsports. Prominent athletes and teams include middle distance runner Moses Kipsiro (Silver medal, IAAF World Cross Country Championship, 2009), and the Ugandan National Cricket Team (Division III Champion, World Cricket League, 2007).

 

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