Fort Portal | 15 Fascinating Facts about Uganda’s Tourism City

 

Summary: Uganda’s Tourism City Fort Portal, as the name suggests, is a town that provides a beautiful tourist destination for those who want to explore Uganda’s culture. Here are 15 fascinating facts about this city.

 

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Fort Portal | 15 Fascinating Facts about Uganda’s Tourism City
Fort Portal | 15 Fascinating Facts about Uganda’s Tourism City.

 

 

Fort Portal, located in Uganda’s Western Region, is a city rich in history and natural beauty. It is located in the Toro Kingdom and was founded in 1859 by British colonialists.

The Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park are among the many attractions that make this place a “tourism city” and the capital of the Kabarole District.

Here are 15 amazing Fort Portal facts:

 

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What is Fort Portal known for?

What is Fort known for?
What is Fort Portal known for?

 

Fort (as it’s locally called) is recognized for its pleasant weather all year and a thriving hotel sector. Mt Rwenzori ranges and River Mpanga are two other tourist features worth visiting in Fort. The 52 crater lakes that dot the Kabarole and Bunyangabu areas are breathtaking.

On an all-tarmac two-lane highway, Fort lies about 296 kilometers (184 miles) west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital and largest city.

Fort Portal, also known as Kabarole, is a “Tourism City of Uganda” in Uganda’s Western Region. It serves as the administrative center for both the Kabarole District and the Toro Kingdom.

 

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What to see and do in Fort Portal

What to see and do in Fort
What to see and do in Fort Portal.

 

 

The evergreen Fort Portal town is surrounded by traditional homesteads and ruled by a traditional King, and it is loaded with breathtaking views.

The Tooro Kingdom is one of Uganda’s four kingdoms, and its palace is located just across town. Fort is located in western Uganda, and there are a number of things nearby that you should explore;

 

 Kibale Forest National Park

 Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park.

 

 

In the middle of Tooro Kingdom, lies Kibale Forest National Park – one of Uganda’s most stunning rain forests, famous for chimpanzees and 12 other primate species.

Kibale is the world’s primate capital, but it also boasts a lot of birds, with over 372 species reported. A trip to Kibale will reward you with views of humans’ closest living cousins, chimps and primates like as Collabus monkeys, blue monkeys, and grey cheeked Mangabeys, among others.

The nearest town is Fort, which can be reached from Kampala by the Mubende Fort-portal road or the Mbarara – Kamwenge route.

 

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Tooro ‘Omukama’ Palace

Tooro ‘Omukama’ Palace
Tooro ‘Omukama’ Palace.

 

 

On Karuzika hill, the majestic Tooro palace, also known as Omukama Palace, overlooks the charming Fort Portal village.

It was built in the early 1960s by the Batooro with a unique architectural design that left a lasting effect on those who saw it.

With the help of international and local friends, it was restored to its former beauty in 2005, and hundreds of people visit this majestic structure every year.

The Tooro Kingdom, one of Uganda’s four traditional kingdoms, was restored in 1993 and is currently controlled by King Oyo.

 

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Caves of Amabeere ga Nyina Mwiru

Caves of Amabeere ga Nyina Mwiru
Caves of Amabeere ga Nyina Mwiru.

 

 

The Amabeere caves, located a few kilometers west of Fort, are a fascinating historical monument.

They are thought to be the former birthplace of the ancient Bachwezi king, and their name means ‘Breasts of Nyinamwiru.’

Our journey to these caverns took us around 3 hours, and here we saw the stalactites that look like a woman’s breasts.

The Amabeere caves are a popular tourist destination due to their rich history, and hundreds of people visit each year on hiking/guided excursions.

 

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Kyaninga Lake

Kyaninga Lake
Kyaninga Lake.

 

 

Lake Kyaninga is a magnificent crater lake located near Kyaninga resort for those who have never visited Fort.

It was formed by volcanic activity about 10,000 years ago and has a meandering shape, with the neighboring rain forest contributing to the grandeur of this Crater Lake.

This is an excellent location for adventure seekers because hiking is available. The adjoining lodge is in a luxurious setting with views of the lake, making it an ideal place to wake up to.

 

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Botanical Gardens of Tooro

Botanical Gardens of Tooro
Botanical Gardens of Tooro.

 

The gardens are noted for being a center of excellence for cultivating, maintaining, and displaying Albertine-rift living collections.

Plants for conservation, scientific research, and teaching, as well as horticultural, medicinal, gastronomic, aesthetic, and recreational uses are all included.

The botanical gardens, which are located in Fort, depict a society with a well-preserved green environment.

This is an ideal spot for unwinding and immersing yourself in nature while listening to birds sing.

 

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Wetland Sanctuary of Bigodi

Wetland Sanctuary of Bigodi
Wetland Sanctuary of Bigodi.

 

 

The Bigodi wetland is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a diverse range of fauna that includes numerous kinds of primates.

Many bird species have been documented at the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, including Hornbills, Turacos, Parrots, Cranes, Kingfishers, and the ubiquitous Great Blue Turaco.

The sanctuary is regarded as an excellent example of community-based natural resource management.

The Sanctuary, which is rich in biodiversity and natural beauty, is located in the wildlife corridor of Kibale forest and is a must-see for all nature lovers.

 

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Tooro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

Tooro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve
Tooro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve.

 

 

The Semuliki wildlife reserve, which was established as a game reserve in 1926, is located in a picturesque rift valley between the Rwenzori, Kijura escarpment, and Lake Albert.

Elephants, buffaloes, Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Warthog, Giant Forest Hog, and primates such as Vervet monkeys, Red-tailed and Black and White Colobus monkeys, among others, can all be found in this reserve.

Primate walks, nature walks, wildlife drives, and community tours to the surrounding communities of Ntoroko are all available to visitors to this reserve.

 

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How to get there

How to get there
How to get there.

 

 

From Kampala, you can access fort portal via Masaka, Mbarara, and then Kamwenge by road. Alternatively you can access the town via Mubende – fort portal road.

The quickest method to get from Kampala to Fort is by car, which costs between $25 and $40 and takes 4 hours and 32 minutes.

Is there a bus that runs directly from Kampala to Fort? Yes, there is a direct bus service between Kampala and Fort. Hourly services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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Accommodation in Fort Portal

Accommodation
Accommodation in Fort Portal.

 

 

Fort Portal is a town in Uganda’s Western Region. It serves as the administrative center for both the Kabarole District and the Toro Kingdom.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Fort, Uganda, look no further than our comprehensive list of hotels and lodges. CLICK HERE

 

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Getting around Fort Portal

 

Because there isn’t much traffic in Fort, it’s safe to take the boda bodas, which can be found on almost every corner. You can travel roughly 2 – 3 kilometers for 1000 ugx (30 Euro cents or less than a dollar).

Alternatively, you can take a private hire (taxi) at the corner of the roundabout in the heart of Fort, which leads to the Bundibugyo road.

 

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15 Fascinating Facts about Fort Portal

15 Fascinating Facts about Uganda’s Tourism City
Fort Portal | 15 Fascinating Facts about Uganda’s Tourism City.

 

 

Uganda’s Tourism City Fort Portal, as the name suggests, is a town that provides a beautiful tourist destination for those who want to explore Uganda’s culture. Here are 15 fascinating facts about this city.

 

  1. Who came up with the name Fort Portal? It was named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar, as well as the fort that was built in the late 1800s to protect the Tooro Kingdom from King Kabalega of Bunyoro’s guerilla incursions.

 

  1. When was Fort Portal incorporated as a city? A village on the northern slopes of the famed Rwenzori Mountains was given a new name in 1970. Fort Portal was granted municipality status and began operations with two divisions: central and southern. The Kabarole district council approved a resolution to establish Fort Portal city in 2019, however the municipality required annexing the sub-counties of Karambi, Karago, Bukuku, and sections of Busoro to match the city’s requirements.

 

  1. Which tribe is from Fort Portal? (Tribe and Culture): The Batooro and Bakiga people live in the area surrounding Kibale National Park and Fort Portal Town. Though the Batooro people are indigenous to the area, the Bakiga people migrated from the southwestern part of Uganda to settle in the area.

 

  1. What language is spoken in Fort Portal Uganda? For example, people in Mbarara speak Runyankore, while people in Tooro Kingdom’s Fort Portal speak Rutooro, however there are villages in the area between both towns where the majority of the people speak a dialect that is midway between Runyankore and Rutooro.

 

  1. Why Fort Portal is called a tourism city? The districts of Kabarole and Bunyangabu have a total of 52 crater lakes, and other attractions, earning them the title of tourism city. The crater lakes aid in rain formation and provide fertile soils in the surrounding area, making the location ideal for farming.

 

  1. Is Fort Portal a district? Fort Portal is a designated “Tourism City of Uganda” in the country’s Western Region. It serves as the administrative center for both the Kabarole District and the Toro Kingdom.

 

  1. Fort Portal was upgraded from a municipality to a tourism city on July 1, 2020.

 

  1. Population: Fort Portal had a population of almost 41,000 people according to the national census of 2002. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population to be 46,300 people in 2010. The population was predicted to be 47,100 in 2011 by UBOS. The population was 54,275 in August 2014, according to the national population census. UBOS expected the city’s mid-year population to be 60,800 in 2020. Between 2014 and 2020, the city’s population rose at an annual rate of 2.12 percent, according to the population office.

 

  1. Healthcare: Three hospitals are located in Fort. The largest is Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, a 300-bed public hospital run by the Uganda Ministry of Health. The next-largest hospital is Holy Family Virika Hospital, a private hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal with a bed capacity of 155. The 100-bed Kabarole Missionary Hospital, which is run by the Church of Uganda and was created by John Edward Church of the Church Mission Society, is the smallest of the hospitals.

 

  1. Education: Three colleges and universities are located in the town. Mountains of the Moon Institution, a private university, have its main campus in the city center. The main campus of Uganda Pentecostal University, a private university linked with the Pentecostal Movement, is also located within the city. In Fort, there is also St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, a Catholic secondary school for aspiring Catholic priests. In 2018, the city welcomed a new university, the Fins Medical University.

 

  1. The city is surrounded by the Rwenzori Mountains, which are also known as the Mountains of the Moon.

 

  1. Fort Portal is the gateway to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

  1. The Buganda king, Mwanga II, granted Sir Gerald Portal a large area of land (now Fort Portal) to set up his fort and administration headquarters.

 

  1. Fort Portal served as the administrative and military headquarters for the Western Region of Uganda.

 

15. The town was originally known as Port Victoria.

 

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Recommended Tour to Fort

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Conclusion: If you’re interested in traveling to Uganda, be sure to add Fort to your list of destinations! This charming city is home to some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions.

Are you ready to plan your trip? Reach out to us on email: info@travelwithenockandjaqi.com or Whatsapp text us on +256 (772) 987-442.

 

 

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