Fort Portal has since been designated the name, “The Tourism City of Uganda” and is the largest city in the Western part of the country, where it sits 297 kilometers from Kampala. It is known to be the cleanest Ugandan city and is the most well-positioned city, forming a gateway to various National Parks including Queen Elizabeth, Kibale, Rwenzori, Bwindi Impenetrable and Semuliki National Parks and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserves.
The City prides itself with a stable climate and a conducive environment making it one of the most rewarding destinations to explore anytime of the year.
Culturally, Fort Portal is the center of Tooro Kingdom, and the Karuzika Palace, which is home to King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, standing tall on Kabarole hill in the center of town.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale ranges from woodlands and savannah on the rift valley floor to a wet tropical rain forest with 351 species of trees, some towering above 55m and boasting over 200 years in age. Famously known for chimpanzee tracking with over 13 primate species, and bird watching with over 375 bird species, Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Located 389 km from the Capital Kampala, this still remains the most popular savanna park in Uganda and the best place to see lions including the Tree Climbing lions. The park comprises several wide-ranging ecosystems and diverse habitats including; savannah grasslands, forests, lakes and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of mammals (95 species) including big game in the country. It is home to 618 bird species which is the 6th highest diversity in the world, the highest in Africa and 10 primate species like chimpanzees.
Other key destinations to check out while visiting Fort Portal include; Semliki National Park and its hot springs originating from the Semuliki river, over 52 crater lakes in Kabarole and Bunyangabu district and the Rwenzori Mountains NP.