Fort Portal City

Located between mountains of the moon (Mt. Rwenzori), Kibale national park and Queen Elizabeth national park, Fort portal city is named after a British special commissioner for Uganda whose statue graces the main road of the city. 52km south of the city lies the magnificent Semliki Valley and a number of crater lakes. The city was founded as early as the year 1893.


Fort portal city is located in the western region of Uganda and lies at a distance of approximately 320km from Kampala city. Its coordinates are; 00 39 “North, 300 16’ 30” East (Latitude: 0.6600; Longitude: 30.2750).

Climate and temperature.

The variation in precipitation between the driest and wettest months is 205mm/8inch. During the year, the average temperatures vary by 2.30C. The month with the highest relative humidity is November (85.22%) whereas the month with the lowest relative humidity is February (59.07%). Furthermore, the month with the highest number of rainy days is October (26.67 days) and the month with the lowest number of rainy days is January (6.77days).

The best time to visit the Fort Portal city is during the months of January, February, March, April, May, June and December.


Bigodi wetlands sanctuary.

About an hour from Fort Portal, Bigodi sanctuary is home to over eight primate species. It is a reliable destination for vegetation lovers. It offers opportunities for visitors to walk through these jungle swamps for study and tourism purposes. A number of plant species are found here and they include but not limited to wild palms, pilita fig trees and papyrus. Additionally, the sanctuary is a potential birding area since it consists about 138 species of birds including the Great Blue Turaco.

Amabere Ganyinamwiru Caves.

Amabere Ga’nyinamwiru Caves

10 kilometers outside Fort Portal city lies the historical limestone site known as Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru. They are a home of interesting legendary stories. The cave is a massive even cave roof crypt, dotted with water drops wading in the exact stature of usual rain. The name of the cave roots from the fact that the caves have breast-like features on the roof with whitish milk-like substance which was created by a chemical reaction between water and salt.

History has it that Bukuku (the then king of Batembuzi – predecessors of the present Babito kings of Toro) had a beautiful daughter by the name of Nyinamwiru, who refused to get married to the man her father had proposed for her hence fleeing the place. The father cut off her breasts in retaliation for her disobedience. It is therefore believed that the caves are the breasts of the King’s daughter hence the name “Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru”.

Tooro kingdom palace.

Visit Tooro Palace

Sitting on one of the high hilltops of Fort Portal city is the mighty Tooro palace of Tooro kingdom. It is one of the places on should not miss while paying a visit to the city. The palace saw its restoration from its ruins by Late Col. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. The palace gives tourists an opportunity to turn their moments into memories as they get knowledge of how beautiful kingdoms were in the history of Uganda and Africa as a whole.

The Karambi Royal Tombs.

Located along Fort Portal – Kasese road just 7km south-west of Fort Portal lays the historical and cultural Karambi Royal Tombs. This is a place where Toro kings are buried. Currently, the place is home to remains of three kings by the names of Omukama Kaboyo II, Omukama Rukidi III and Omukama Kyebambe. A number of former princes and princesses were also laid to rest at this place.  

Tooro Botanical Gardens.

This is one of the places in Uganda where various plant species are conserved. It is here that you can find a number of tree species of different types and colors, you can as well learn about a number of medicinal herbs as you enjoy the beauty of the area in its resting where you can take as many pictures as your camera can store.

Kibale forest national park.

Chimpanzee Trekking Nyungwe Forest National Park

While in Fort Portal you can choose to visit one of Uganda’s wildlife homes none other than Kibale forest national park. Here you get introduced to the dramatic tropical rainforest from where you can watch a number of animal species including the famous chimpanzees, leopards, forest hogs, forest elephants alongside multiple bird species.

Crater lakes.

A number of crater lakes some of which can never be seen elsewhere in the world are found in Fort Portal. The lakes vary in terms of shape and size but all give a unique experience once visited. A number of lakes can be found in Ndali – Kasenda area just 30km from the city and the most common crater is the magnificent Lake Nyinambuga whose image appears on the twenty thousand Uganda shillings note. Other craters include; L. Mubiro, L. Nkuruba, L. Nyamusagani, to mention but a few.

Mugusu market.

Every Wednesday, at Mugusu (12km from the city) along Fort Portal –Kasese road happens an open air market. A number of local commodities of different kinds are found here, you enjoy relatively cheap prices, people moving here and there as well as getting to understand the nature of African market.

NOTE: Fort Portal city has recently been declared a tourism city in Uganda thus its adventurous activities cannot be listed to the maximum.


Fort Portal offers a number of accommodation properties ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury. These include but not limited to the following; Kyaninga lodge, mountains of the moon hotel, Primate lodge, Fort Heights Homestay, Rweteera safari park, Kalitusi Backpackers Hostel and Campsite, Dutchess Hotel and Restaurant, Nyaika Hotel, Kyaninga Royal Cottage, Kibale Guest Cottages, Fortpearls and Njara suits.

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