(around 70 km from Kampala) you can make a stopover at the equator.
- Halfway Kampala-Mbarara Road you find a junction at Masaka to Nabugabo, a small lake near Lake Victoria, where they have set up some small simple bandas (round huts) for rent alongside the lake. It is a wonderful place for a relaxing stopover of one or two days en route to Mbarara or Kampala. The place is very quiet, the water is safe for swimming (no bilharzias) and the velvet monkeys eat bananas and peanuts from your hand. There are enormous trees, which attract birds like hornbills, kingfishers and fish eagles.
- Nearby Mbarara there are wonderful places to explore. For 5 euro-cent you can cross River Rwizi in a small canoe, and you can walk through small villages to see the real African life.
Many more attractions could be visited in Uganda, such as the Source of the Nile in Jinja, Bujagali Falls, about 20 km stream downwards on River Nile, Murchison Falls (Paraa Lodge) in the North-West of Uganda, Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls in the East, and many other wonderful places.
Fort Portal situated at an elevation of about 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) on the edge of Uganda’s Kibale equatorial rainforest is an enchanting land full of lakes, grasslands, marshes and forests on the lower slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda. It is the seat of both Kabarole District and Toro Kingdom.
Here you can see game parks, go see the Rwenzori Mountains also known as Mountains of the Moon. You can take Gorilla treks. You can also pay about $5 to have a man take you on a “Monkey Walk’ where you can go in the jungle and see Chimpanzee in their natural habitat just ‘hanging’ around. It is a small enough town to walk around and not get lost. There are great places to buy souvenirs of locally made baskets, mats, instruments and also local coffee and teas.
If you want to spend few days in Fort Portal and visit the nearby Kibale Forest we recommend these accommodations:
Mountains of the moon Hotel – Peacefully Situated in Boma, just outside of the town centre. Where Nature merge with Style!
The Chimpsnest – Eco friendly lodge and tree houses on the edge of Kibale forest
Y.E.S Hostel, clean cheap accommodation for less the $5 per night! Safari Uganda.net reccommends Y.E.S for those on a tight budget but want secure accommodation.