Fort Portal Town is found in Western Uganda and the main town of Kabarole District. It is approximately 320 Km from Kampala City and 180km from Mbarara town. Fort Portal is popular for its cleanness and ambiance not found in any other town in Uganda.
The town is dotted with numerous places of historical and cultural significance including the Kingdom palace / headquarters of the Omukama of Toro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the royal tombs and several museums that depict typical culture of the Batoro.
The town was named after Sir Gerald Portal, a British Special Commissioner for Uganda, whose statue graces the main roundabout in the mid of the town.
This dynamic, bustling, tidy and scenic town is definitely still a great haven to numerous places of special interest to travelers offering sublime scenery, amazing nature and genuine adventure. The town is a perfect gate way where one can explore the scenic crater lakes, visit the amazing caves – “amabeere Ganyinamwiru”, track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park or head out to Semuliki National Park with its famous hot springs and geysers, while all the time having the pleasant hotels of Fort Portal to return to afterward the successful adventure.
In the midst of verdant tea and forest plantations, Fortportal boasts a pleasant and friendly climate all year round while its central location in the heart of western Uganda makes it a perfect starting pointfrom which 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.
Fortportal town has been for several years a hub of first class hospitality facilities where her abundant population and unique visitors find where to stay and eat all year round.
As part of the local norms, hospitality is synonymous with the Batooro culture, so visitors are always assured of pleasant stay, friendly people of great humor and positivity. They know anything service provision.
Some of the centrally located restaurants, boutique hotels, take ways and other places of hangout offer a variety of local cuisine, fast foods and multi – continental dishes.
This cozy restaurant in the heart of the town is one the best providers of unique African cuisine and special selection of international dishes that will quench your hunger. Located along Lugard Avenue, the Gardens restaurant is quite expensive but still affordable and the best value for money option.
Gardens restaurant has good ambiance for relaxation and popular with a rich menu of foreign and local dishes including pizza, curries, burgers and African fare such as firinda (mashed skinless beans) and lots of barbecued meat (muchomo). There’s a good liquor list, a large African lunch buffet and excellent local coffee too.
Dutchess restaurant and hotel
Dutchess is a boutique hotel & restaurant in Fort Portal located just in the outskirts of the main town centre. The restaurant is a tranquil and culinary oasis that offers anything ranging from local to international cuisines.
Craved by travelers, this elegant cafe is a perfect stop for those looking for anything cozy and homely. It has a well-crafted menu containing crocodile burgers, Flemish beef stew with Guinness and mash, and a wide selection of up to 46 excellent wood-fired pizzas and a superb calzone.
Fort Motel is a boutique hotel facility in Fort Portal, located in the town centre along Lugard Road just close to Tooro golf club.
It is a good hotel for enroute stop overs, business clients and also for the leisure travellers, Fort Motel is perfectly located in the prime residential Fort Portal town area.
The Terrace restaurant serves continental cuisine in a serene environment by the pool side and provides a beautiful atmospheric setting for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. Breakfast is served in buffet-style while lunch and dinner are served in a la carte style.
The onsite bar has a wide selection of both local and international liquor, including wines, local beers and spirits.