Welcome to Fort Portal

As the heartland of a verdant tea-growing area, Fort Portal enjoys a pleasantly mild year-round climate, while its central location makes it a very convenient base from which to explore the area, meaning that many travellers intend just to stay overnight but end up staying here for several days.

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$2500 Outdoor Activities

Wilderness Camping Safari

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Fort Portal. Visit the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves, hike the Fort Portal Crater Lake Hike and transfer to Kibale National ParkDay 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Semliki National Park in the afternoonDay 3: Primates Trek in the Semuliki Valley National ParkDay 4: Transfer from Semliki National Park to Queen Elizabeth NPDay 5: Do morning wild game viewing and afternoon Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorgeDay 6: Transfer from Queen Elizabeth NP to Bwindi National Park via IshashaDay 7: Gorilla Trekking and relax at the lodgeDay 7: Transfer to Bwindi to Lake BunyonyiDay 9: Transfer to Kampala with a lunch stop at Igongo Cultural Center and Uganda Equator crossing

$18000 Cultural & Theme Tours

13 Days Best Of Uganda Wildlife Safari

Arrival: Pick up at Entebbe airport at 20:55 and transfer to your Lodge in Entebbe or Kampala.Day1; Kampala/Entebbe – Murchison Falls National Park via Zziwa Rhino SanctuaryAfter breakfast, check out and transfer to your Lodge in Murchison falls national Park, stop over along the way for snacks/ lunch at your own cost and the visit to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. 2; Murchison falls (Game drive & Boat cruise)Early morning, start the game drive to view giraffes, elephants, buffalo, lions and many other animals. After lunch, spend an afternoon of Game Viewing on the river, you will be able to view crocodiles, hippos and various birdlife as well as an up-close view of the waterfalls and rapids bellow..3; Murchison Falls – Kibale rain forest (Chimps) National ParkAfter breakfast, check out and transfer to Kibale Forest. Stop-over in Fort Portal for lunch and quick break. Arrive at your Lodge/Camp in the afternoon..4; Kibale Chimpanzee trackingAfter an early breakfast, short transfer to Kanyanchu visitor area at 8am for Chimpanzee trekking. After a quick briefing you will be guided by park rangers into the forest to view the chimpanzees, and other primates such as the black and white Colobus monkeies.5; Kibale – Queen Elizabeth National ParkCheck out after breakfast and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park (Q.E.N.P), arrive in at your Lodge/camp in the afternoon.6; Queen Elizabeth (Game drive & Boat cruise)After breakfast, transfer to Ishasha sector of the Park. Arrive in the afternoon, and check in at your lodge/ camp, enjoy dinner and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 7; Queen Elizabeth Ishasha sectorEarly morning for a special game drive to view the tree climbing lions. Return to the lodge for meals and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 8; Ishasha – Bwindi Gorilla National ParkCheck out after breakfast and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Arrive at your lodge/Camp in the afternoon in time for lunch.. 9; Gorilla Tracking (Buhoma)After an early breakfast, report to gorilla briefing point at 7pm. A park ranger will brief you before you set off deep into ancient forest to view the Gorillas. .  10; Buhoma – lake BunyonyiAfter breakfast, check out and transfer to your lodge at Lake Bunyonyi. Check in and spend the rest of the day at leisure.11; Lake Bunyonyi (Boat/pygmy visit) & relaxationIn the morning after late breakfast, you go to the boat ride to the island. Here you choose whether to have an island walk, visit the pygmies..12; Bunyonyi – Kampala/ Entebbe or Kigali (Rwanda) Intel AirportIn the morning after breakfast, you board the jeep to your Airport.

$2906 Cultural & Theme Tours

Uganda The Pearl of Africa Safari 9 days 8 nights

Day-1 On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our representative will meet and transfer you to Kampala for overnight. Day 2 Today we visit jinja the former Uganda’s industrial district, discover the source of the Nile river and Bujagali falls among other amazing activities you can take part. Evening drive to Kampala for overnight and dinner. Day 3-The marvelous Murchison falls on the Nile After an early breakfast, leave Kampala heading northwest. Optional: Visit the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for a nature walk to see the rare rhinos in the wild. Lunch enroute. Proceed to Murchison Falls National Park, with a brief stop on the top of the falls, where you can see the Nile’s perfected beauty and marvel as it squeezes through a seven meter canyon. The 43 meter drop of the falls creates a thunderous roar and a beautiful rainbow in the spray. Dinner and overnight.Day 4 - The boat cruise on the river Nile Today we drive through the Northern part of the park for a game drive and take photographs of elephants, buffalos, waterbucks, hippos, giraffes, Uganda kobs, lions and if you are lucky, the leopards, plus a variety of bird species. After lunch, proceed for a two-hour cruise to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls. This gives you an opportunity to see the amazing hippos and crocodiles along the riverbanks. Return for dinner and overnight.Countie  Day 4 - Fort Portal in the shadow of the Mountains of the MoonTransfer from Murchison Falls NP driving Southwest through the Albertine Escarpment of the great Western Rift Valley. Lunch enroute. Drive through Hoima and reach the colorful and beautiful town of Fort Portal, the capital of the Tooro kingdom, situated in the shadow of the famous “Mountains of the Moon,” the Rwenzori. Dinner and overnightDay 5: Tracking The habituated chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park Take an early morning cup of coffee before setting off for a game drive in the park and expect to see elephants, monkeys and lots of other animals and birds. Get back to the lodge for breakfast. After lunch, drive back to the pack for the chimpanzee tracking and other primates. The chimps are quite mobile and viewing them is unpredictable but the walk is great adventure. Dinner & overnight.Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National park and The tree climbing lions in IshashaDay 7: The magic encounter with the mountain gorillas and the batwa pygmy trailDay 8: The fabulous scenery of Lake BunyonyiDay 9 is set free for your kampala city tour and transfer to Entebbe Airport for your flight back home.

$2550 Cultural & Theme Tours

Great Primates Uganda Safari, 7 days 6 nights

Day1- On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Kampala city for the overnight.Day 2 - Drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkAfter breakfast, depart for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest through Mbarara, Lunch en-route. Along the way, you will stop over at the equator for photography; you will enjoy the wonderful vegetation, the long horned Ankole cattle and the Ugandan homesteads and farms. Arrival in Bwindi will be in the evening. Dinner and overnight.Day 3 - The encounter with mountains gorillasYour guide will drive you to the starting point of the gorilla tracking where you will be briefed by the Park rangers at 8am. The forest is magnificent as it offers a heavily dense landscape crisscrossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access to tourists. The time taken to find the gorillas varies according to the terrain and the movements of these marvelous primates. The gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and the thrill of viewing, observing and photographing them as they interact with one another is a rare and exciting experience. After the gorilla tracking, you will drive to Ishasha for dinner and overnight.Day 4 – Face to face with Tree climbing lions of IshashaAfter breakfast, you drive through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the game drive in the open savannah on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. You will search for the typical tree climbing lions found only in this part of the country. It is impressive to see them lying on the branches of fig trees (weather permitting). Lunch en-route. In the afternoon proceedto the Mweya peninsula for dinner and overnight.Day 5 - Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Lake EdwardThis day starts with an early morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens’ mile tracks in the park and you may be able to see lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, warthogs, leopards, spotted hyena, mongoose, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, topi and a lot of small animals and birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax at the swimming pool. After lunch, go for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, a good opportunity for birding, as you will see many water birds, cormorants, pelicans, eagles, and many others as well as crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffaloes. In the evening you proceed to Fort Portal for dinner and overnight. Day 6 - Chimpanzees trekking in Kibale National Park and Bigodi forestToday we are in the forest for the chimpanzee trek. This park has the largest concentration of chimpanzees and other primates in Uganda. Have lunch in Fort Portal and return to Kampala for dinner and overnight. Day 7-This day is reserved for the transfer to the airport for your return flight depending on your flight schedule.

$4727.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

12 Day Rwenzori Trek with Safari

Day 1: Arrival Entebbe International Airport and transfer to Papyrus Guesthouse for overnight stay.Day 2: Entebbe: After breakfast and briefing, take off to Mt Rwenzori National Park (also known as the Mountains of the Moon). Enjoy lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Mihunga where we overnight.Day 3: Trek to Nyabitaba (2650m). Start the trek to Nyakalengija trail head (1600m). We will follow the trail along the Mubuku River to then cross the Mahoma River before climbing through Podocarpus Forest.Day 4: Trek to John Matte Hut (3350m) . Follow a small trail dropping down through the forest to the Kurt Shafer Bridge, below the convergence of the Bujuku and Mubuku Rivers. The forest gradually turns into a bamboo zone where the trail is slippery and moss covered. Day 5: Trek to Bujuku Hut (2900m). The trail crashes down to cross the Bujuku River and enters Lower Bigo Bog, home of giant lobelias. We will cross the bog to the Upper Bog before continuing to Lake Bujuku where for views of the highest mountain.Day 6: Trek to Elena Hut. After Bujuku, we will climb the boggy trail up the slopes west of the lake, passing through the paranormal groundsel gully and then ascend to the Scott Elliott Pass (4372m).Day 7: Ascent to Mt. Stanley (5109 metres) to Kitandara Hut (4027m). If you don't wish to climb the peak, have a more restful day walking from Elena Hut (4541 metres) to Lake Kitandara (4023m). Continue to climb a further three hours to Margherita peak (5109 metres) and later down to Kitandara Hut. Day 8: Trek to Guy Yeopman Hut (3260m). Climb from the base of Mt. Baker to the south side of the mountain to the Fresh Field Pass (4280m). From there we can view the Congo to the west, Mt. Stanley to the north. From the pass, the boggy trail will continue downwards, passing the rock shelter at Bujangalo, the base camp for the historic expedition by the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.Day 9: Trek to Nyakalengija Trail Head (1600m ASL). Safari extension to Queen Elizabeth National Park hence spend the overnightDay 10: Queen Elizabeth National Park. Proceed to Park for the AM Game drive in the Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains offer virtually guaranteed of Wildlife.In the afternoon conduct boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. O/N at Mweya Safari LodgeDay 11: Lake Mburo NP. After breakfast proceed to Lake Mburo National Park. Enroute stopover at the Igongo Cultural Centre for lunch and learn about the culture of the Western Uganda tribe. Proceed to the Lodge; you can view game from your room. O/N at Mihingo Lodge Day 12 – Lake Mburo National Park to Entebbe .The wildlife-rich eastern banks of Lake Mburo can be explored during a tranquil two-hour boat trip. Depart after early lunch with coffee break at the Equator to then transfer to Entebbe International Airport for Flight.

$7353 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10 Days Classic Uganda Primate Tour and Community Work

Day 1- Arrival at Entebbe Airport& transfer to Papyrus Guesthouse on BBDay 2 - Entebbe – Kibale Forest National ParkAfter breakfast, set off for KINP. This park offers some of the most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The drive takes 5 -7 hours, in time for lunch in Fort Portal. After lunch, shake off the long drive with a walk to the famous “top of the world” along the crater lakes. O/N: Ndali Lodge, FBDay 3 - Chimpanzee tracking - Queen Elizabeth National Park Start early by tracking chimpanzees in KINP. Learn about the flora and fauna of the national park. After the tracking, drive leisurely southwards to QENP, the most popular park in Uganda. It offers diverse ecosystems, classic big game,10 primate and over 600 bird species. Explore the park in a extensive evening game drive. O/N: Katara Lodge, FBDay 4 - Queen Elizabeth National Park Spend the day exploring the park further, with an early morning game drive, then a boat trip on Kazinga Channel followed by the drive southwards to the Ishasha sector, re-known for tree climbing lions.O/N: Ishasha Jungle Lodge, FBDay 5 - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Drive further south to BINP one of Uganda´s oldest and most diverse rainforests, home to more than 320 mountain gorillas, 400 plants, 120 mammal and over 350 species of birds. Walk for 7 hours through the forest from Buhoma to Nkuringo on the southern side. O/N: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp En-suite Cottage, FBDay 6 – Gorilla tracking Start the most exciting day of your safari with an 8am briefing about gorilla etiquette. Hike the impenetrable forest till you find the gorillas. For 1hour you are allowed to watch those majestic giants! Depending on the duration of the track you can either relax in the afternoon at the lodge or go for another walk around and explore the village.O/N: Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, FBDay 7 – 8 – Community Work Use your profession, talents and gifts to serve! Construction, Carpentry, Farming, Art, etc. Join our “voluntourism program” and spare 2 days on your safari to serve in the community. All skills are welcome.O/N: Nkuringo Gorilla Camp En-suite Cottage, FBDay 9 - Walking& canoe excursion Lake Mutanda – transfer to Lake BunyonyiExplore the Nkuringo area by spend the day walking and canoeing. Our Walking Safari guide will take you past villages, farms, churches. At Lake Mutanda, enjoy your lunch before getting into the dugout canoes that will take you to the other side. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Meet up with your vehicle for transfer to Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest Crater Lake in Uganda.O/N: Bird’s Nest Lake Bunyonyi, FBDay 10 – Lake Bunyonyi – Entebbe – Late evening flight transferAfter Breakfast depart L. Bunyonyi for Entebbe, with lunch en-route at Igongo Cultural centre in Mbarara, then proceed via the Equator for a coffee break enroute. Day room-use at Papyrus Guesthouse, and later transfer for evening flight back home.

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