Fort Portal

Coordinates: 00°39′16″N 30°16′28″E / 0.65444°N 30.27444°E / 0.65444; 30.27444
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Fort Portal
Fort Portal is located in Uganda
Fort Portal
Fort Portal
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°39′16″N 30°16′28″E / 0.65444°N 30.27444°E / 0.65444; 30.27444
Country Uganda
RegionWestern Region
Sub-regionTooro sub-region
DistrictKabarole District
 • MayorAsaba Ruyonga
4,997 ft (1,523 m)
 (2020 UBOS Estimate)
 • Total60,800[1]

Fort Portal or Kabarole (lit.'let them see')[2] is a city located in the Western Region of Uganda. It is the seat of both Kabarole District and historically of the Tooro Kingdom.[3][4]


Fort Portal was named after Sir Gerald Portal, as it was where his base was.


Street view of Fort portal city in Western Uganda
Street view of Fort portal city in Western Uganda

Fort Portal in Kabarole District is located approximately 296 kilometres (184 mi) by road, west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, on an all-tarmac two-lane highway.[5] The geographical coordinates of Fort Portal City are 0°39'16.0"N, 30°16'28.0"E (Latitude: 0.654444; Longitude: 30.274444).[6] Fort Portal is situated at an average elevation of 1,523 metres (4,997 ft) above sea level.[7]

City Status[edit]

On 1 July 2020, Fort Portal was elevated from municipality to a "Tourism city" status.[8] In 2019, in preparation for the award of city status, Ford Portal annexed several surrounding neighborhoods and sub-counties, including (a) Karago (b) Ibaale Parish (c) Burungu Parish (d) Karambi sub-county (e) Bukuku sub-county and (f) parts of Busoro sub-county.[9][10]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Fort Portal was about 41,000. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population at 46,300. In 2011, UBOS estimated the population at 47,100.[11] In August 2014, the national population census put the population at 54,275.[12] In 2020 UBOS estimated the mid-year population of the city as 60,800. The population agency calculated that the population of the city grew at an average rate of 2.12 percent annually between 2014 and 2020.[1]

Historical population


Fort Portal is home to three hospitals. Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, a 300-bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health is the largest.[13] The next-largest is Holy Family Virika Hospital, a private hospital with a bed capacity of 155, owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal.[14] The smallest of the hospitals is the 100-bed Kabarole Missionary Hospital, a community hospital administered by the Church of Uganda, originally founded by John Edward Church of the Church Mission Society.[15]


The city houses three institutions of higher learning. The main campus of Mountains of the Moon University, previously a private university, but now a public university, is located in the city center.[16] Also located within the city is the main campus of Uganda Pentecostal University, a private university affiliated with the Pentecostal Movement.[17][18] A new university, the Fins Medical University, was established in the city in 2018.[19] St. Mary's Minor Seminary, a Catholic secondary school for prospective Catholic priests, is also located in Fort Portal.[20]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Uganda Bureau of Statistics (14 June 2020). "The population of all Ugandan cities and towns with more than 15,000 inhabitants according to census results and latest official projections: Fort Portal, Western Region" ( Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics). Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  2. ^ Kaji, Shigeki (2007). A Rutooro Vocabulary. PanLex Project The Long Now Foundation. アジア・アフリカ言語文化研究所. p. 121. ISBN 978-4-87297-890-2.
  3. ^ Ampurire, Paul (22 May 2019). "Cabinet Approves Phased Creation Of Nine New Cities Beginning 2020". Kampala: SoftPower Uganda. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ Uganda Radio Network (21 May 2019). "Cabinet approves creation of nine cities". Daily Monitor Quoting Uganda Radio Network. Kampala. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ Google (28 December 2020). "Distance between Post Office Building, Kampala Road, Kampala, Uganda and Post Office, Fort Portal, Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  6. ^ Google (17 October 2016). "Location of Fort Portal (Kabarole), Uganda" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  7. ^ (3 January 2019). "Elevation of Fort Portal, Uganda". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  8. ^ Opondo, Ofwono. "The seven new cities; Lessons from Kampala". Uganda Media Centre. Uganda Media Centre. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  9. ^ Wilson Asiimwe (25 August 2021). "Fort Portal administrative units struggle to operate". New Vision. Kampala, Uganda. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  10. ^ Wilson Asiimwe (28 September 2022). "Fort Portal: From small town to top tourism city". New Vision. Kampala, Uganda. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  11. ^ a b "Estimated Population of Fort Portal In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  12. ^ a b UBOS (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  13. ^ Atuhaire, Scovia (10 August 2016). "Uganda: Drug Scarcity Hits Fort Portal Referral Hospital". Daily Monitor via Kampala. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  14. ^ RCDFP (2014). "Overview of Holy Family Virika Hospital". Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal (RCDFP). Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  15. ^ KHCOU (17 October 2016). "Kabarole Hospital, Church of Uganda". Fort Portal: Kabarole Hospital, Church of Uganda (KHCOU). Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  16. ^ Alex Ashaba (29 June 2022). "Govt injects Shs40 billion to make Moon university public". Daily Monitor. Kampala, Uganda. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  17. ^ Carol Natukunda (14 July 2007). "Four more universities approved". New Vision. Kampala, Uganda. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  18. ^ Google (17 October 2016). "Location of the Main Campus of Uganda Pentecostal University" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  19. ^ Uganda National Council for Higher Education (2019). "Location of Fins Medical University". Kampala: Uganda National Council for Higher Education. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  20. ^ RCDFP (2014). "Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal: History and Growth". Fort Portal: Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal (RCDFP). Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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