Fort Portal is a town located in Western Uganda. It is the main city in the Kabarole district and the Kingdom of Torus. It is approximately 320 kilometers from Kampala, the country’s capital and largest city.
According to the 2002 census, the city had 41,000 inhabitants. In 2011, the estimated population was 47,100 inhabitants. In August 2014, the national population census indicated that the population was 54,275 inhabitants.
In Fort Portal, summers are short and hot. The winters are short, comfortable and wet and it is cloudy throughout the year. During the year, the temperature generally varies from 15° C to 27° C and rarely falls below 13° C or rises above 31° C.
In Fort Portal, the temperate season lasts 1.7 months, from January 25 to March 14, and the average maximum daily temperature is more than 27° C. The hottest day of the year is February 17, with an average maximum temperature of 27° C and an average minimum temperature of 16° C.
The fresh season lasts 1.9 months, from October 9 to December 6, and the maximum average daily temperature is less than 24° C. The coldest day of the year is July 6, with an average minimum temperature of 15° C and an average maximum of 25° C.
In Fort Portal, the average percentage of the sky covered with clouds varies considerably over the year.
The clearest part of the year at Fort Portal begins around June 14. It lasts 3.2 months and ends approximately September 21. On August 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear or partly cloudy 47% of the time and cloudy or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 21. It lasts 8.8 months and ends approximately June 14. On April 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is cloudy or mostly cloudy 84% of the time and clear, mostly clear or partly cloudy 16% of the time.
Fort Portal has many stunning tourist attractions that include the neighboring Kibale Forest which is popular for Chimpanzee tracking safaris and spectacular Rwenzori mountains. From crater lakes to waterfalls to caves, Fort Portal offers a lot.
Things to do:
– Chimpanzee tracking
– Nature and Parks
– Outdoor activities
What are the attractions?
– Tooro Botanical Garden
– Mugusu Market
– Tooro Palace
– Karambi Royal Tombs
How to access the place?
Kalita bus and Link bus have a connection from Kampala to Fort Portal that go via Mubende which takes 5 to 6 hours. The road is fine with an asphalt surface. Mubende is found around halfway between Kampala and Fort Portal and there you can buy food and drink and also you can fill up petrol.
Best time to visit:
The best times of the year to visit Fort Portal for hot-weather activities are from the beginning of June until the end of September and from the beginning of December until the end of January.