Kanungu district is located in the western region of Uganda, it existed as one of the Counties of the former Kigezi (then called Kinkiizi County). In 1974, when Rukungiri District was created it became part of Rukungiri District. In July 2001, it achieved district Status and It is bordered by Rukungiri District to the north and east, Kabale District to the south-east, Kisoro District to the south-west, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Major languages spoken are runyankore and Rukiga
The district has a population of 252,144 , and is 424.4km via Mbarara – Masaka road from Uganda’s capital Kampala.
The district gets substantial income from tea and as of 2018, over 65,000 farmers existed in the tea growing areas of the district as much of the district lies at high altitude. And there are two tea factories; Kayonza Growers Tea Factory and Kigezi Development Tea Factory, which support thousands of local farmers.
When in Kanungu district, be sure to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which harbors half the world’s population of highly endangered mountain gorillas and the chimanzee.