Location of Mbale in Uganda

Mbale is a town in Eastern Uganda at the foot of Mount Elgon with 76 492 inhabitants. It is the capital of the district of Mbale.

Mbale was established in the early 20th century and was founded by European settlers. The city streets are therefore a grid plan. Most of the buildings date from the time of the Second World War. The economy is largely governed by Indian traders who also represent a majority of the population.

The city is since 1988 the seat of the Islamic University in Uganda ( IUIU ) and the National Park Service of the Mount Elgon National Park.

In Mbale lives, much of the Abayudaya, one of the few groups of black African Jews.

Mbale has a rail links to Pakwach and is connected to the rail link to the North line of the Uganda Railway between Kampala and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya. In addition, the city hub in the road system with routes to the Uganda Soroti, Jinja, Tororo and Kenya. It is the commercial center of the region especially for the grown coffee.