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Fort Portal lies in the northern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, 300km west of Kampala and 50km north of Kasese town in western Uganda. Fort Portal town is one of the most attractive towns in Uganda and has several landmarks like hotels, banks, restaurants, golf course and many more
It is the only town in Uganda with an English name Fort Portal and the town was named after the British Consul General of Zanzibar, Sir Gerald Portal, who came in Uganda in 1890s to formalize British protectorate ship over Uganda. Fort Portal town is the seat of both Kabarole district and Tororo Palace, built in the 1960s.
Many travelers stay overnight in this small, quiet and pleasant town in the northern end of the Rwenzori Mountains, en route to Murchison Falls national Park. Others use it as the base from which to explore Semliki Valley and the Kibale Forest Primate Reserve. Though not as convenient as Kasese, it is also possible to organize a trek in the mountains from here. Other attractions include, the hot springs in Semliki Valley and pygmy villages.
Fort Portal town has branches for most banks in Kampala, like
Micro finance banks also operate in this amazing town, these include; Pride Micro finance Ltd & Uganda Finance Trust Ltd.
Please Note That Barclays & Stanbic banks provide foreign exchange services. ATM’s operate 24hours. Restaurants & bars
Fort Portal Town has got several restaurants which serve decent meals. Below is a list of restaurants to eat at in Fort Portal.
The town has got several shopping points scattered along the main road. The most popular is Andrew supermarket which stocks a wide range of local & imported food & drinks. Local handicrafts and souvenirs shops are also located along the Fort-Portal – Kampala Road.
Heartbeat disco (Rumandika Road) & Club Ecstasy (Bwamba Road) are the only two night clubs in Fort Portal.
The Distance between Kampala and Fort Portal (Kabarole) is: 259.07 kilometers (km).
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