Fort Portal

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Fort Portal
Kasese Road in Fort Portal
Kasese Road in Fort Portal
Fort Portal is located in Uganda
Fort Portal
Fort Portal
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°39′36″N 30°16′30″E / 0.66000°N 30.27500°E / 0.66000; 30.27500
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Western Uganda
Sub-region Toro sub-region
District Kabarole District
 • Mayor Asaba Ruyonga
Elevation 4,860 ft (1,480 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 47,100

Fort Portal is a town in Western Uganda. It is the seat of both Kabarole District and Toro Kingdom.


Fort Portal is located approximately 320 kilometres (200 mi) by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, on an all-tarmac two-lane highway.[1] The coordinates of the town are: 0° 39' 36" North, 30° 16' 30" East (Latitude:0.6600; Longitude:30.2750).


Fort Portal is named for Sir Gerald Portal, a British Special Commissioner for Uganda, whose statue graces the main road of the town. Situated between the Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, it is an important market town. Several crater lakes and the Semliki Valley also lie near the town.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Fort Portal at about 41,000. In 2008 the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 44,900.[2] The estimated population of Fort Portal in 2011 was approximately 47,100, according to UBOS.[3] See table below:

Fort Portal Population Trends
Year Estimated Population
2002 41,000
2003 41,600
2004 42,200
2005 42,900
2006 43,500
2007 44,200
2008 44,900
2009 45,500
2010 46,200
2011 47,100
2012 48,000

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest can be found in the town:

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Coordinates: 00°39′36″N 30°16′30″E / 0.66000°N 30.27500°E / 0.66000; 30.27500