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Kabarole District

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Region  Western Uganda
Capital  Fort Portal
Colleges and Universities  Mountains of the Moon University, Uganda Pentecostal University

Kabarole District is a district in Western Uganda. Kabarole District is part of the Kingdom of Toro. Its main town is Fort Portal.


Map of Kabarole District


Kabarole Districts consists of one municipality and six counties:

(a) Fort Portal Municipality (b) Bunyangabu County (c) Burahya County (d) Kibaale County (e) Kitagwenda County (f) Kyaka County (g) Mwenge County.


In 1991, the national census put the population of the district at about 299,600. During the 2002 national census, the district population was about 357,000. In 2012, the population of Kabarole District was estimated at about 415,600.


The Batoro, Batuku and Basongora ethnicities constitute about 52% of the population. The Bakiga constitute 28%, followed by the Bakonjo and the Bamba. The major languages spoken in the district are Rutooro, Rukiga and Runyankore.

Economic activities

Subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are the main economic activities in Kabarole District.

The crops grown in Kabarole District include:

Livestock is the second economic activity practiced in the district. In 2005, there were approximately 18,695 heads of exotic/cross bred cattle, 35,199 indigenous cattle, 75,897 goats, 6,442 sheep, 12,162 pigs, 9,776 exotic/cross bred chicken, 131,255 local chicken, 4,467 ducks, 1,040 turkeys, 326 guinea fowl, and 122 geese in the district.

Commercial fishing occurs on about 30 of the 52 crater lakes, scattered in Kabarole District. The main fish species harvested from the crater lakes is the small Haplochromines (Nkejje). Fishing, mainly of Protopterus aethiopicus (Lung fish), is also carried out in a number of wetlands. Some fishing also goes on in the area rivers including:

Aquaculture is practiced with increasing frequency in the district and in 2005 there were over 300 fish ponds stocked with tilapia and mirror carp species.


Kabarole District is bordered by Ntoroko District to the north, Kibaale District to the northeast, Kyenjojo District to the east, Kamwenge District to the southeast, Kasese District to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest and Bundibugyo District, across the Rwenzori Mountains to the west. Fort Portal, the chief town in the district, lies approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi), by road, west of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The coordinates of the district are:00 36N, 30 18E (Latitude:0.6000; Longitude:30.3000).


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