Kabale, the central town of the Gorilla Highlands region, is found at 1,863m/6,115ft above sea level. It offers all you may expect, including an impressive selection of banks, a number of supermarkets and popular night clubs. Among Ugandans it has a reputation as a very cold place. Elders can tell you how they couldn’t write at school in winter (June–July) since their hands were shaking too much. However, the temperatures today are higher—not much above 20°C/68°F during the day, 10°C/50°F at night.
A challenging 9-hole golf course can be found above the town. Eager golfers are advised to check beforehand as they might need to cut the grass first…
The Bakiga Museum displays a traditional grass homestead complete with furniture and unique tools—a fascinating creation by a local elder Festo Karwemera.
About 8km/5mi from Kabale in a small muddy grove on the road to Rwanda are some hot springs. Do not expect too much—but it can be fun to share with local people, especially for them.
Photo: Shay Stevenson
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