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Fort Portal

The fort may be gone, but this dynamic and friendly town is definitely still a great portal to numerous places offering sublime scenery, amazing nature and genuine adventure. Here you can explore the beautiful Crater Lakes, track the chimps in Kibale Forest National Park or drop into Semuliki National Park with its hot springs and central African wildlife, while all the time having the pleasant hotels of Fort Portal to return to afterwards.

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 travelers intend just to stay overnight but end up staying here for several days.