Fort PortalWestern Uganda.
Link Bus and Kalita Bus have connections from Kampala to Fort Portal which go via Mubende (5-6 hours). The road has a good asphalt surface, Mubende is found about half way between Kampala and Fort Portal and you can fill up on petrol and buy food and drink there.
The Link Bus leaves from the bus station near the new Taxi Park in Kampala whenever a bus is full and there is also a Link bus park in Fort Portal. The ticket price from Kampala to Fort portal is USh 25,000 from Fort Portal to Kasese the Link bus cost USh 5,000. The first Link bus from Fort portal to Kasese is at 10AM. A van from Fort Portal to Kasese cost USh 6000 and the 1st van goes at around 7AM.
You can also take a "private hire" (taxi cab) which you can find on the corner of the main roundabout in the centre of Fort Portal and some other locations.
Fort Portal's on the edge of Uganda’s equatorial rainforest. It's an enchanting land full of lakes, grasslands, marshes and forests on the lower slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda.
There are many wonderful lodges within Kibale forest where you can spend a night or two in a tree house experiencing the sounds of the forest's inhabitants including 8 species of monkey, chimpanzees, the forest elephant, bush pig and giant forest hog.
This is a wonderful national park, sometimes dubbed 'the Pearl of Africa or Switzerland of Africa'. Quite simply this fertile equatorial area is especially scenic, with two lakes connected by a channel overlooked by a high peninsula. You will also find volcanic craters, grassy plains and tropical forest. As a result it has one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world. Hunting exhibits such as stuffed lions, leopard skins, deer heads and elephants tusks may still be found adorning some hotels and lodges, but the emphasis is certainly more on shooting with a camera these days. Many of Uganda's safaris were poached out in the past, especially elephants, but now the area is protected and elephants numbers are boosted by those entering the park from the Congo, where poaching is still a problem.
There is also a really funny statue of Sir Gerald Portal on the main road of the town. Yes, he does have a gun in his pocket and yes, he is pleased to see you.
Golfing: The town has a nice golf course, just on the main road. Entrance is USh 30,000, and you'll probably have to find someone there to rent you their set of clubs.
phone: +256 774 057 390address: Molidina Street Plot 1Crater lake tours and a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park or chimp and gorilla tracking permits or bike and car hire.
phone: +256 773527979address: Fort Portal-Mbarara Road, Kiko Town council, 8 km from Fort PortalCrater lake tours and a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park or chimp and gorilla tracking permits.
The consumption of this tea is associated with many health benefits. These include anti-allergy, anti-oxidation, anti-hypertension, anti-viral, anti-obese, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, enzyme inhibition and many other human health problems. You can buy the tea in any local shop or even better visit one of Fort Portal's tea plantations.
Stanbic Bankaddress: Lugard roadHas a MasterCard/Visa ATM.
Kenya Commerial BankHas a MasterCard/Visa ATM.
Andrews SupermarketSells fresh bread.
The two "foreigner" restaurants in town are the Gardens Restaurant just opposite the Shell petrol station on the main Lugard Road, and the Dutchess Restaurant (and hotel) on Mugurusi Road, right after the Uganda Human Rights Commission building. Both places have good pizza and other Western and local dishes, starting around UGX10,000.
There are also many good local restaurants in Fort Portal, and they are much cheaper. But go early, as food preparation in Uganda takes time. Half an hour for some simple fast food is not uncommon.
Sweet Aromas Bakeryphone: +256 790-91615address: Malibo RoadSells cakes, tea and coffee.
Little Rock Cafephone: +256 483422814address: Kasese roadHome of hamburgers from USh 6000, chips USh 3000 and pot of tea USh 2000.
Momo Tea RoomA good place for breakfast: eggs USh 2000, chips USh 2500, bread USh 1000, black tea USh 700, milk tea USh 1000, soft drinks USh 1500.
There is accommodation everywhere in Fort Portal town. If your interest is not being as close as possible to the national parks, you can just head to Fort Portal and find a place that suits you upon arrival.
Meshs Innphone: +256 392-176281address: Malibo RoadClean single room with outside bathroom, clean double room with own bathroom.
phone: +256 772 780 350address: Lower Kakiiza Rd.Free Wi-Fi. Has a nice garden. Own room USh 30,000.
Rwenzori Travellers Innphone: +256 483 422075, +256 712 400570address: Plot 16 Kyebambe RdHas Wi-Fi, breakfast included.
phone: +256 483 423200, +256 775 557840address: Plot 4, Nyaika AveA top high-end tourist hotel on the way to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, conference, pool, gym,accommodation and wedding receptions.
phone: +256 772-501731, +256 792-220259Breakfast included, nice gardens and pool. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +256 772 722102, +256 483 422102address: Lower Kakiiza RoadFamily run, nice garden. Home cooked meals at big joint dinner table. Breakfast included.
Exotic Lodgeaddress: next to Kabarole tours10 single/double rooms with shared bathroom.
Tabes Resthousephone: +256 714 775620, +256 711-589811address: Plot 4 Malibo RoadClean single room with outside hot water bathroom or clean double room with own bathroom. Has nets.
Place Motel Limitedaddress: Plot 33 Muzosi RoadDouble room with own bathroom and breakfast
Golf Course View Guesthousephone: +256 772-485602address: Rwenzori RoadSingle/double rooms with own bathrooms. Sometimes has hot water.
Visitours Guest housephone: +256 483-422813address: plot no 2 Babiiha RoadDouble with own bathroom.