Mbale was born from a place once described as not fit for human habitation and rose to become the most powerful after Kampala and Entebbe. Writing in the Uganda Notes of 1902, C. P. Philips, a missionary traveller who moved through the area, described it as “a long wilderness of shrubs inhabited by elephants”.
Mbale is located at the foothill of Wanaale Ridge, 8,000 feet above sea level. It covers a geographical area of 2,435 hectares. It serves over 20 districts in eastern and north eastern Uganda. Its location and multiple entry points coupled with its proximity to Kenya through Lwakhakha, Busia and Malaba borders make it accessible to all regions and provide opportunities for enhanced trade activities that attract local investment necessary for economic development.
Visible from all parts of the town with its picturesque cliffs, cascading waterfalls and green cultivated slopes, the Wanaale ridge supplements the town’s allure; the white rocks along the hills are spread like a white sheet on the hills, no wonder the late colonial agent, Semei Kakungulu called it a white cock due to the white rocks that appear from a distance like a white cock…the story continues
Meeting Bamasaaba Cultural Leader at Malukhu Cultural Offices
Mutoto Cultural Site
Tour to Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU), a cooperative for Bugisu Arabica coffee farmers