Its located in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains,300km west of Kampala and 50km north of Kasese town in western Uganda. It’s the only City in Uganda with an English name “Fort Portal’’ and it was named after a British Consul General of Zanzibar, Sir Gerald Portal, who came to Uganda in1890s to formalize British protectorate ship over Uganda. Fort Portal is the seat of both Kabarole district and Toro Palace built in the 1960s.
ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
• The magnificent and beautiful Palace of Toro lies on the hill above the City. It was restored by the Libyan government following the destruction in 1960s when kingdom where abolished by Obote government.
• At the main road of the City, lies a Statue of Sir Gerald Portal.
• Karambi Tombs: Are located 5km out of the town of Kasese road, these are the burial grounds of Omukama Kasagama and Rukidi the third.
• Fort l Portal City is the gateway to the Rwenzori Mountains which are viewed from most corners of the City. Queen Elizabeth, Semiliki Valley and Kibale National Parks are a few hours’ drive from the city.
• Tours to the Crater lakes, Caves (Amabere Nga Nyinamwiru) and waterfalls around Fort Portal.
• Toro golf course and Toro Botanical Gardens.
Fort Portal is 311 Kilometers by road from Kampala and takes about 4 hours’ drive on a tarmac road.
The city has a number of shopping points along the main road. The most popular is Andrew`s supermarket which stocks a wide range of local and imported food stuffs. Local handicrafts and souvenir shops are located along the Fort Portal- Kampala Road.