KATWE  KABATOORO URBAN COUNCIL

Katwe is surrounded by the beauty of natural resources. It is situated in the middle of Queen Elisabeth National Park .  Hippos, elephants, lions, baboons and other African animals and birds are often seen in this area.

Katwe Kabatoro Urban Council is an enclave in the Queen Elisabeth National Park and located in South Western Uganda  - Kasese District, with a total perimeter of 163 kilometers. Katwe Kabatoro has a population of 6 000 people.

MAIN TOWN   AND THREE PARISHES
Katwe trading Centre is the main town. Rwenjubu, Kyarukara and Kyakitale are the names of the wards. Each parishes comprise two cells (Sub-parishes)

TOPOGRAPHY
Katwe is dominated by geological features. It consists of ancient hard volcanic rocks and gentle slopes with two explosive crater lakes and a rift valley lake with four islands. The two salt craters Katwe and Munyanyange have been existing for 8000 -10 000 years.

CLIMATE
Mean Temp:  30 degrees Celsius high – 10 degrees Celsius low
Dry season:   Mid January – February. June – July – mid December
Wettest:       April, September and November

VEGETATION
Katwe is a semi arid area with characteristic acacia trees and dwarf shnibs with semi arid short grasses.

WILDLIFE
Katwe is surrounded by Queen Elisabeth National Park . In the fresh water around you will find hippos. The lakes are a Paradise for migratory birds and other birds. In the Queen Elisabeth National Park you will meet lions, buffalos, elephants, antelopes and so on.

COMMUNICATION
Accessible by road and water transport. You can go by taxi cabs, self- driven cars and mini-buses – even some “boda-bodas”.

You can communicate with mobile-telephone. You can get internet service.

LANGUAGE
Official language is English.  Katwe Kabatoro is dominated by tre constitutional languages:  Bakonzo, Basongora and Banyabindi – including including a few constitutional ethnic groups of tribes known av Barondo, Bakingwe, Bagabo and Bahunde.

EDUCATION *
Three kindergartens, four primary schools, one secondary school, two tertiary Institutions.

HEALTH*
One health centre 3, not well equipped. Katwe has  clean treated  water throughout and a number of water springs situated in the salt lake.

Serious health problems include AIDS, drug abuse and drunkenness. Malaria is most acute, because the mosquitoes have their feeding places all over.

TRANSPORT
Use road and water transport. Taxis available of all categories and motor-cycle transport known as “Boda Boda”

TRADING
Many people trade salt, fish and agricultural products or do retail business and cattle grazing.

TOURISM
Visiters will find KATIC – Katwe Tourism Information Centre in a house beside the main road through Katwe. The centre welcomes you to a lot of attractions.
An information folder can be loaded down from here or from the home page.

Beside the two lake resources as an economic activity in Katwe Kabatoro has the largest tourism potential in the district. Lake Munyanyange is a crater lake in the area within the jurisdiction of Katwe Kabatoro Town Council. This lake has a unique biodiversity in terms of birds, plants and insects. The most prominent is the Flamingo which has found a sanctuary. These  birds used to come in certain wet seasons but have permanently found a habitat.

The area is also accessible to various wild animals like elephants, buffalos, antelopes  and many others.

LODGES
Near main town you will find Hippo Hill Camp-Katwe.  In Queen Elisabeth National Park you will find Mweya Safari  Lodge about 7 km from Katwe 

THE SALT LAKE *
Lake Katwe ’s salt industry is 700 -800 years old and is the main source of income among the Katwe inhabitants. More than 3000 people have their work there during the salt seasons. 50% of these own their salt pans.

FISHING*
Fishing is an old but still important way to get income for the people in Katwe. Approximately 30% of the people are fishermen or trade with fish.