Fort Portal City

Fort Portal City

Fort Portal City

Fort Portal Town is a tourist safari destination in Uganda. Its attractive city also known as “The Tourism City of Uganda” and is the among the largest cities in the Western part of the country, where it sits 297 kilometers from Kampala. It is known as the cleanest and best-placed city in Uganda to be explored on a Uganda safari.  Fort portal city is in Kabarole district and Toro kingdom. Fort Portal Town is on the northern slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is 50 km north of Kasese District, close to Queen Elizabeth National Park, and 26 km from Kibale National Park, Fort Portal city is also near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Fort portal town is the center of Toro kingdom and it’s where we locate the Toro King palace. Fort Portal City is the only city in Uganda with an English name built in the 1960s and was named after the British Consul General of Zanzibar, Sir Gerald Portal who came to Uganda in 1890s to formalize British protectorate ship over Uganda. There have been huge changes in the social and economic parts of this town because of the growth and existence of tourist sites. Hotels, bars, and banks have all been built as landmarks.

The city is proud of its stable weather and friendly atmosphere, which make it one of the best sites to visit at any time of year. Fort Portal is the cultural centre of Tooro Kingdom. King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV lives in Karuzika Palace, which stands tall on Kabarole hill in the middle of town.

Fort Portal is one of the most popular safari destination to visit in Uganda because there are so many tourist sites there. Fort Portal is where you find Kibale national park, the home of the endangered chimpanzees and 12 other different species of primates. Fort Portal also has the King’s Palace, Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru caves and waterfalls, Crater lakes, and a statue of Sir Gerald Portal in the middle of town on the main road. This city is well known because of Kibale National Park, which has a lot of tourist-friendly safari activities like chimpanzee trekking, Bigodi wetlands walks, and chimpanzee habituation, among others. Fort Portal is also very interesting because it has a lot of crater lakes where people can go on tours and experience the natural beauty of the area.

The city is the main entrance to several national parks, including Mount Rwenzori, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the town, Kibale National Park, which is 26 km from the city of Fort, Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is 3 to 4 hours’ drive from the city of Fort portal, and Semliki Valley National Park, which is also 3 hours’ drive from the city and 5 hours’ drive from the city to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. Fort portal can be accessed via 2 routes from Kampala capital city, the nearest route being Mityana-Fort portal road taking about 5 hours’ driving. The other way would be to go through Mbarara Town, which is the biggest city in western Uganda. However, this road is the longest way to get to Kasese, and then Fort Portal. It will take 8 to 9 hours to drive this way.

Culture and Tribe in Fort Portal City.

The Batooro and the Bakiga are the people who live near Kibale National Park and Fort Portal Town. Even though the Batooro people have always lived in the area, the Bakiga people moved from the southwestern part of Uganda and settled there.  The customs and traditions of the Bakiga people are quite interesting to experience. They show their culture and traditions through their language and dance. To experience the Bakiga culture, a homestead tour would carry a better understanding of their culture to you.


The Batooro people grasp a lot of pride in their historical and ethical heritage and they are among the 5 traditional Kingdoms that still exist in Uganda. “Omukama” is the name for the king of the Toro Kingdom. Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV is one of the youngest kings in Africa. He became king at the age of 3 after his father, Omukama Patrick David Matthew Rwamuhokya Kaboyo Olimi III, died too young in 1995.

The King’s Palace is one of the key safari attractions to be sighted when you visit Fort portal town an area that is 26km away from Kibale national park. The palace has a lot of history that is exciting to learn about. It is on a hill, so tourists can see the whole beautiful town of Fort portal in a 360-degree panorama. People who are interested in cultural tours can also go to the Karambi royal graves, where the dead kings of the Toro kingdoms were buried after they died. The guide to the site tells people about its past and lets them see the house with spears, drums, and tombs. The royal family is buried in the graveyard outside of the royal tombs. Lutooro is the name of the language that the Batooro people speak.

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