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Kanungu Town

Kanungu could easily be one of the progressive towns in western Uganda. The town council lies in Kanungu district; bordered by Rukungiri district to the north and east, Kabale district to the southeast, Kisoro district to the southwest and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The town is located approximately 60km by road, northwest of Kabale, the largest town in the sub-region.

It is about 420km by road, southwest of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. With its powerful connections and fairly successful sons and daughters, this is a lovely town. The District is home to the famous Bwindi impenetrable forest national park


The 2014 national population census enumerated the population of Kanungu town at 15,056 inhabitants, with a projected population of 16,300 in July 2019.

Historical background Kanungu District

Kanungu district was formed in 2001 by the government of Uganda and it has got only county that harbors about 12 sub counties such as kambuga, kihihi, Rugyeyo, Rugyeyo, Mpungu, kayonza, Katetete, Nyakinoni, Nyanga, Kinaaba, Kanyantorogo and Nyamirama. Kanungu district has got four town councils such as kihihi, Butogota, kanungu and kambuga

The Kanungu town is home to well-established roads that connect to the remote areas and communities. The district harbors four airstrips such as Savannah Airstrip close to Kihihi, Ishasha River camp Airstrip found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park and Kihihi airstrip.


For locations of places to stay in Kanungu town and nearby areas including hotels in Kanungu, Guesthouses, B&B, Backpacker Hostels and Campsites in Kabale, Checkout our section on where to stay.


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