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4 Day Trip to Fort Portal Area the Uganda’s chosen Tourism City
4 Day Trip to Fort Portal Tourism City in Uganda AT Uganda Vision Resource Centre
This is a 4 days trip to Western Uganda. Fort Portal Town is located in Western Uganda on the foothills of Rwenzori ranges and the main town of Kabarole District. Fort Portal is often referred to as the “tourism city of Uganda” and popular for its cleanliness and magnificent scenery not found in any other town in Uganda.
Fort portal is dotted with numerous places of historical, religious and cultural significance including the Kingdom palace / headquarters of the Omukama of Tooro – Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the Karambi royal tombs and several museums that depict typical culture of the Batooro.
This dynamic, bustling, neat and scenic town is definitely a great haven to numerous destinations of special interest to travelers offering unmatched scenery, abundant nature and genuine adventure. The town is a perfect gate way where one can explore the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, scenic crater lakes, visit the amazing caves – “Amabeere Ga Nyinamwiru”, track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park or drive to Semuliki National Park to view the famous hot springs and geysers.
Fort portal boasts a pleasant and friendly climate all year round while its central location in the heart of western Uganda makes it a perfect starting point from where to explore other attractions in this region including the Rwenzoris, Queen Elizabeth national park, Semuliki national park and a myriad of other natural and cultural destinations. From caves to waterfalls, to crater lakes, Fort Portal has it all.
Best Things to do in Fort Portal; The best tourism attractions in Uganda
Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is one of the most popular and most visited Uganda National Parks. The park is well known for the large number of chimpanzees that can be found in their natural habitat. The park also has about 375 bird species including the Superb Sunbird, White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Brown-crowned Tchagra among others. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is mainly done in Kibale Forest National Park.
Semuliki National Park
Located some 150 miles from Kampala, Semuliki National Park is home to 442 bird species, 53 mammal species and is famous for the Sempaya Hot springs which are always a marvel to encounter. Although the park doesn’t boast of abundant animal wildlife, it is a great spot for bird watching with so many rare species of birds. The park is next to the Semuliki and Lamia rivers and is located on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Lake Albert to the park’s north and the stunning Rwenzori Mountains to its south-east.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
The Rwenzori Mountain National Park was designated in 1991 achieving World Heritage site status in 1994 to protect the highest parts of the mountain range and is home to over 70 mammal species and 217 bird species. The mountains, however, are probably best known for their stunning views and as a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination.
Located between the Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo in Western Uganda, Lake Albert is sourced by water from both the Semliki and the Victoria Nile in the North. Although a large lake there are no major towns on its shores on the lake’s Ugandan side, however a relatively small population live in nearby villages with Buliisa being the largest town at the north end of Lake Albert with a population of some 30,000.
Visiting the Karuzika palace gives you 360-degree panoramic views of the town. The circular structure was built in 1963, but fell into ruin after the abolition of the royal kingdoms by Idi Amin. It was restored in 2001 after Colonel Gadaffi met the king and donated the money for repairs.
The Tooro Palace, also known as Karuzika palace is perched at Karuzika Hill overlooking Fort Portal town along the Fort Portal – Kasese Road. The unique palace building was renovated in 2001 with funding from the fallen president of Libya, Col. Muammar Gadhafi and is one of those scenic buildings in this town where one can have 360” degrees panoramic view of the entire town of Fortportal.
The palace is home to the current king of Tooro, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV who has been the supreme cultural leader of Toro Kingdom since 1995.
The Nyakasura caves, also commonly known as the “Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru” is located 7 kilometers from Fortportal town along Bundibugyo road.
These limestone rocks, known as stalagmites and stalactites are a great scenic feature in this region with an astonishing fairy-tale story behind its existence. A visit to these caves exposes you to the roaring Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru waterfalls and the three dazzling explosion crater lakes which can be viewed right outside the caves.
The Batoro natives of this area have a strong myth attached to these caves with an interesting story told from long ago about them and what caused their formation. The caves were named after King Bukuku’s daughter called Nyinamwiru and hence the name ‘would be ‘Breasts of Nyinamwiru’. King Bukuku was one of the ancient Kings of the Batembuzi Dynasty that ruled that time and was believed to be a demi-god by the subjects and would often times disappear and re-appear. Princess Nyinamwiru was a beautiful young lady who had a strong personality. She refused to marry the man her father – the King had chosen for her as was the custom.
This greatly infuriated the King and his subjects who could not understand how anyone could disobey the King in such a manner. The King then ordered that her breasts be cut off because of her disobedience, this was to ensure that she would never get married to whoever she would choose and never be able to breast feed her children. It is therefore locally believed that the scenic rocks on this site are her breasts oozing milk since that day.
Karambi Royal Tombs
An excursion to the Karambi Royal Tombs is worthwhile. Several of the former Kings of Tooro Kingdom are buried here. The caretaker will let you in for a look at the tombs, which house drums, spears and other personal effects of several of the Toro kings. The cemetery outside is the resting place for various other royal family members.
Tooro Botanical Garden
Tooro botanical gardens have a lot of well-signed indigenous plants and trees, as well as an organic farming project growing herbs, flowers, natural dyes and medicinal plants.
The best things to do in Fort Portal in western Uganda can be best explored when your Uganda Safari is organized by a reputable Tour Organization such as Uganda Vision Resource Centre.
The Fortportal crater lake hike is one of the most scenic and magnificent hikes in Uganda; the hike offers not only offers stunning views of the entire fort portal town and the surroundings but also the Rwenzori mountain ranges can be clearly seen from here. The crater lakes that dot this place create a conducive and relaxed atmosphere all year round. The Kyeganywa hill which is a conic shaped hill offers an adventure hike that not only rewards you with 360 degrees panoramic views of the entire crater lake area but will also present a physical challenge to hike up to the top.
For more information about this tour, visit our web page at https://travelabroadweb.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/best-nature-photography-tours-2/
Included in the price:
Pick up from Entebe Airport
A guide who understands your language
Accommodation (single or double room)
Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Bottled mineral water in the car
Entrance and ranger fees for the national parks activities mentioned in the program
International flight Visa
Items of personal nature
Chimps Tracking (150 USD per person).
Our Tour and travel programs, the Volunteer trips are popular with both foreign and domestic tourists and there is a wide variety of tourist attractions and accommodations.
We operate mostly in Western Uganda, a region that accounts for 75% of all tourism destinations in the country.
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Expect a warm welcome to Uganda and a rewarding trip of your lifetime.
At the end of your visit you will be awarded a GIFT CERTIFICATE which offers you a 10% discount on your second visit, or to another person you will recommend to our services.
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