Tooro Botanical Garden

Fort Portal

These homegrown botanical gardens have a lot of well-signed indigenous plants and trees, as well as an organic farming project growing herbs, flowers, natural dyes and medicinal plants. Admission includes a tour through the extensive grounds that lasts just over an hour. Morning and late-afternoon birdwatching is a highlight (USh30,000 per person for a three-hour guided walk).

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