Fort Portal Highlights
mild climate, beautiful people, great place to tour from. Not a tourist trap just a nice little town.
rebel activity at times near but played up in media more than is truly a problem
In a nutshell
Peacefull, rural, town
Fort Portal Things to Do
If you are staying at Lake Nkuruba for a not too distant stroll around the area you can't go far wrong in wandering south of the Village of Rwaihamba. Carry on for a few clicks you will come to a stretch of the road where a lake lies either side of the road. Each lake seems completely different from the other. As you approach from the north the lake on the right, Kifunka is a completely different colour and at a much higher level than Nyinambuga the lake on the left.
Carry further on down this road and you will reach the turning off to the rather plush Ndali Lodge.
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Anywhere in this part of Uganda you are likely to come across Colobus Monkeys. In Lake Nkuruba you will see them daily. In Fort portal town it is possible to see them in the trees at the top of town near the Toro club and even on the bus from Kampala it is not uncommon to see a black tail hanging down from a branch of a tree.
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From Lake Nkuruba there are many walks that you can take in a multitude of directions. A fairly straight forward one is to walk to the nearby lake of Nyabikere.
This is easy because you follow a track all the way until you come to the paved road near CVK camp on Lake Nyabikere. You set off from Nkuruba and head off along a track heading east the track winds its way between shambas first up hill then down before you will see Lake Nyinabulita on your left. The track will then flatten out before you cross a small bridge where shortly after you will reach the paved road. Turning left after a short distance past the tea plantations you will pass a few small dukas before you reach CVK camp on Lake Nyabikere.
Fort Portal Nightlife
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As you look at this picture just past the statue is the Gluepot pub, the best boozer in Fort Portal. Mama has been running this place since the Amin years, The Wednesday afternoon *** up is a bit of an institution in the area. Wednesdays is also the day for the market in Mugusu, So I suggest you go to Mugusu in the morning and show off your new purchases in the afternoon over a few Niles in the Gluepot!
Earlier this year (2009) I read Black House by Paul Theroux and was pleased to see taht the The Gluepot is given a mention in this book. So the place was famous even in 1974 when the book was written.
I remember one night as I was staying in Nkuruba seeing the night lit up like the northern lights it wasn’t the equatorial version of aurora but the lights coming from the newly opened night club.
A rather expensive night out compared to the rest of the town, especially if you enter the executive area of the club, but if you are desperate for a night of dancing till dawn this is your place in Fort Portal.
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Fort Portal Transportation
Unless you are travelling from Fort Portal to Lake Nkuruba/ Rwaihamba on a market day you will find transport I that direction a bit thin on the ground.
It may mean a long time sitting in a matatu waiting for it to fill up. What I have done on more than one occasion is to take a boda-boda all the way to Rwaihamba. It is a lot cheaper than taking a special hire and a lot less frustrating than spending a day in the back of an empty mini bus.
But remember if you are taking a back pack give it to the driver to put between his knees as one time I left it o my back and felt every bump of the potholed road.
Fort Portal Shopping
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Not a million miles from Fort Portal, well just a few kilometres down the Kasese road is Mugusu home of possibly the best market in East Africa. The market is on every Wednesday. As well a the usual fruit, veg, and goats for sale it may well be the best place to buy mitumba (second hand clothes).
Unlike other markets in Uganda the clothes here are sold straight out of the bails that they are imported into the country in. You can hear the metal straps that fasten the bails of clothes being cut open, it’s just up to you to rout through the mitumba to find some suitable clobber. Because the clothes come straight out of the bail it means prices are really cheap.
What makes this market appealing is the backdrop of the rwenzori rising up behind the market.
Fort Portal Off The Beaten Path
Crater Valley Kibale Forest Resort Beach Lodge, is 21 km from Ft Portal & 10 km from Kanyanchu visitors centre in Kibale Forest Nat'l Park. The lodge sits on the tranquil Lake Nyabikere , Our self-contained rooms have hot/cold running water as well as flush toilets and showers.
Western Uganda at the edge of Kibale Forest Nat'l Park. Disembark at RWETEERA Trading Centre . CVK is in a real village, on the shores of L. Nyabikere , 13 miles (21km) or 30 minutes drive S. of Fort Portal Town on the Kamwenge Road. CVK is mostly famous for its clean, picturesque lake/hills and the presence of 12 species of primates in the nearby Kibale tropical rain forest, eg. chimps, monkeys and baboons. There are also, elephants and very many interesting birds including the very rare Green Breasted Pitta.
CVK offers fine accommodation in attractively grass-thatched, ecological bandas . Our newly constructed Self contained rooms are now open. The terraced campsite , covered by a soft carpet of ever-green grass, overlooks the blue and tranquil lake. The ‘bandas’ are set out singly and well spaced out among broad-leaved evergreen trees. These bandas provide the wanted coolness and real privacy for rest. Mosquito Nets provided
Camping: US$3.00 only (flush toilets, showers & free tap water at Campsite). Also, food & drinks are available.
Banda: bed & b/fast: US$15.00
Self-contained rooms: US$25.
Self-contained rooms, king- & queen-sized beds @ US$60.00/night
French-cut two-bedroomed Lounge/Cottage, whole house: US$100. for a group
Other accommodation: prices: US$ 6
Food and Beverages:
CVK offers delicious, both local and inter-national meals, prepared by a local family. Prices range from only US$2 to US$5 We also offer locally-grown coffee, African tea and cooled drinks, Uganda ‘waragi’ (local gin), and honey wine. CVK provides the best locally prepared a la carte meals. Try them and you'll not regret it!
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