At Kitara Foundation for Regional Tourism we aim much on the comfortable stay of our guests that gives an experience of a lifetime memory. We have established a new, precious and comfortable home in the outskirts of Fort Portal City of Kitara Region of Uganda. In this home you will experience love and care by your hosts both in the home and in the community. You will engage in a number of activities both in the home and in the community, an experience everyone wants on such a visit to Africa. By all standards, Home stay is far rewarding than staying in a hotel or camp site only to visit and see animals in the wild. Come and stay with people, learn with people, eat with people, work with people, the best adventure of your life.
Homestay Offers the Best Accommodation Experience
If you’re going to stay in Uganda for whatever period on your internship, research, volunteering, holidaying or just on tour, staying with a host family will offer the best experience. We start with the firmest cliché in the homestays industry…a home away from home.
1. Fort Portal Homestay…Real Home away from Home
Ugandans are generally warm and welcoming so your stay is bound to be great. But all the same, bouts of home sickness are normal during this period hence living with a group of people who keep your company and treat you as part of their family helps to kiss the blues away.
Add the small things like having to use public transportation to get home or sitting around a tally with good company as you laugh at the gags in the local comedy shows…nothing beats this atmosphere.
2. Learn Ugandan languages
You should definitely learn greetings and common terms on civilities as Ugandans are generally welcoming and respectful but some terms can be easily learned from a language book or with Google’s help. In a homestay, the learning environment is conducive as guests are exposed to the language banter of their host family and at the same time have willing partners who won’t laugh at your weird accents…unless it’s a really funny one.
3. Prepare and enjoy locally cooked scrumptious meals with your host
This is usually one of the top activities when you visit a new location as it helps one familiarize themselves with the local cuisine. The host family members like it to see you learn a new skill but above all when they eat something that has been cooked with participation of “muzungu”.
In all honesty, it’s a complete waste if you switch continents or countries and still eat the same mediocre grub that is present everywhere. Be a little adventurous and try a dish with a peculiar name like “Kikomando” or ”Rolex”…and if you do not like it, take heart since that is what trying out new foods is all about.
4. Explore Uganda in Homestays
Your host family are a wealth of information which you can tap into to know more about other aspects of the Ugandan culture, tradition and psyche; stuff which you can’t Google but better yet local unique sights away from the main tourist routes. Should you travel upcountry, this is an excellent chance to experience the diversity of Ugandan tribes and food.
Bonus benefit, you have willing participants to include in your photos and there’s no need to tap strangers to help snap a photo of yourself next to the giraffes.
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5. Make friends who will last for a lifetime
And after your stay is complete, your bags are packed and you’re seated at the table after tucking in another delicious dish, this is the time to deliver your heartfelt thanks to your surrogate family, extend an invitation to also visit you when they have the time and promise to visit them when you’re in Uganda again…all in the local language. I believe, they won’t forget you too.
6. Learn the traditional dance
Nothing will give you joy like finding yourself breaking the rib with the local traditional dance. So entertaining, full of love and passion, and above all, so much educative; If you can pick the art of dancing, be sure you will be friend to everyone.
Community engagements in Fort Portal
Our guests who come to Fort Portal are hosted in a number of community development projects implemented and coordinated by a host of Community Based Organizations including schools, kindergartens, hospitals, churches and among other Community projects.
Most organizations here integrate advocacy for the rights of the poor and marginalized groups for equity, respect and local development for improved community’s livelihood in the rural areas.
Most of our partner organizations cater for the concerns, needs and strategic interests plus aspirations of the most marginalized people in the district.
Other organizations are involved in research, community mobilizing and organizing, Capacity building, training, and policy dialogue, advocacy and lobbying for socio-economic structural reforms that enhance development at community level.
Organizations here have increasingly realized that addressing poverty and other socio-economic deprivations among the rural communities requires an integrated people-centered development approach and philosophy.
About Fort Portal City
After Fort Portal City was launched as a Tourism City on 1st July 2020, entrepreneurs and investors both local and international are coming to this town to explore the best business potentials in a Tourism center. Owning a property in Fort Portal is still fairly affordable. Now is the best time to start a business for a lifetime in this incredible part of Uganda. Every youth in Fort Portal must lay strategies for best investment and development in Fort Portal the Tourism Capital of Uganda.
Uganda’s tourism increased highly in the 2018/2019 financial year whereby 1,505,669 International tourists were registered and over $1.6 billion was received from international tourists, making the country’s tourism sector the top foreign exchange earner. Of this total number of tourists, over 70% visited Western Uganda, a region that accounts for 75% of Uganda’s Natural Tourism destinations.
Fort Portal Tourism City at the foot of Rwenzori Mountains is currently known to be the cleanest town in Uganda and a gateway to various nature destinations including National Parks and a variety of cultural and religious destinations. It is famous for the stalagmites and Nyakasura waterfalls linked to the rich Chwezi culture.
Beautiful people, beautiful nature, unique environment and serenity are some of the descriptions that spark people when they set foot in Fort Portal, the now famous Uganda’s Tourism Capital.
Fort Portal City, also Tooro kingdom’s capital is a gateway to some of the most beautiful sceneries and unique environment nature has to offer on earth giving you access to numerous crater lakes, hills, mountains, endemic fauna and flora and one of the most beautiful, serene and hospitable people you can find, the Batooro that comprise the majority of the population.
Fort Portal has in the last couple of years been sought as Uganda’s pearl of Tourism since it’s strategically located in the heart of most of the major tourism sites and activities in Uganda found in the Albertine region prompting the government to consider it in the National Development Plan. Fort Portal is now referred to as a tourism or tourist city. In simple terms, a city is a place where people live that is larger or more important than a town or an area where many people live and work.
The true definition of Fort Portal as a city entirely lies in “Tourism” thus the Tourism City title. By nature, location, environment and people, Fort Portal is unrivaled as being the heart of most of Uganda’s tourism sites and activities. Fort Portal is in other words the Tourism Capital of Uganda due to its natural instatement.
Fort Portal is strategically located in the heart of major tourism sites including the snowcapped mountains of the moon, commonly known as Rwenzori Mountains, Semuliki national park, Uganda’s largest Queen Elizabeth National Park, is home to gorillas and chimpanzees and a host of other primates, is a Centre of over 60 incredible crater lakes, the Mwenge and Kibaale natural forests featuring over 400 species of birds, other animals and 1000s of flora species.
Fort Portal beholds of the most complete and all-inclusive climate with balanced weather throughout the year favoring stable farming and human settlement all year round.
Serenity and hospitability are the phenomena that make up tourism; all these are completely by nature found in Fort Portal with the Batooro people who are naturally hospitable, beautiful and the most peaceful ethnic group in Uganda creating a whole exciting welcoming tourism environment capped by the endless and numerous tourist activities and sites.
Fort Portal due to its tourism city phenomenon will over the years be a unique metropolitan area with a blossoming hotel and hospitality industry holding hundreds of thousands of tourists at any single time from across the world boosting lots of other local businesses including majorly the transport and agriculture/food sectors;
Fort Portal is expected to be a fully-fledged tourism city by 2040 according to the government’s national development plan will be easily attained with increased government financing and focus on infrastructure development and providing incentives to intending tourism investors both local and international.
Fort Portal stands out to be unrivaled as the tourism destination in Uganda which provides huge potential for employment of the young workforce hence increasing the per capita income of the local households.
Amenities that make Fort Portal special tourism applause
All major Roads from Fort Portal to other major towns and tourism sites are tarmacked namely; Fort portal-Kasese, Fort Portal-Ntoroko, Fort Portal-Bundibugyo, Fort Portal-Kampala, Fort Portal-Mbarara and Fort Portal-Kamwenge road making those places easily accessible from Fort Portal
Located in the centre; all the major tourism sites are not more than an hour away from Fort Portal at an average of 80KM/hr making it possible for to and fro journeys daily from Fort Portal
Serene, peaceful and tranquil; Fort Portal has not experienced any form of violence and threats in many years making it the most secure place to settle for any tourist in Uganda.
The welcoming and hospitable nature of the Batooro people keeps any visitor comfortable giving a home away from home feel to tourists and volunteers from abroad spending days or months among the Tooro communities
With Fort Portal’s nature and environment, lots of fun activities can be created in different places in addition to the usual clubbing, bar going, ball games and athletics.
Fort Portal is geographically located in the windward side of Rwenzori mountains hence the most favorable weather there is
Fort Portal is also located on a high rise making it a no flood zone despite heavy rains evenly distributed throughout the year making it even safer.
Fort Portal is located in Kitara region with a long historic background raising from the time of the Batembuzi Dynasty, Chwezi dynasty to the current Bito Dynasty the rulers of Tooro Kingdom
Fort Portal and Tooro as a region has an exciting cultural background hosting over 15 tribes of natives and a vast religious background with over 7 religious denominations hence a rich area for both cultural and religious tourism
Investment Opportunities in and around Fort Portal City
Fort Portal City enjoys a unique location in the Tourism Capital in the Kitara Region, in the heart of the Pearl of Africa. Its landscape encompasses the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains, contains the largest body of crater lakes in the world, the western escarpments of the Great Rift Valley and close to the largest home of primates Kibale National Park. All the best nature destinations in Western Uganda are in a close reach from Fort Portal City.
Fort Portal also has unique Flora and Fauna, a modified equatorial climate with warm and cold temperatures all year round. This position gives Fort Portal a strategic commanding base for regional trade and investment. The people of Fort Portal –The Batooro are the friendliest you can find. The economy in the area also offers high returns on any investment thus making Fort Portal a preferred investment destination.
Tourism is a fast-growing sector supported by the fact that Uganda is ranked as a top tourist destination and one of only three countries with about 50% of the world’s known population of endangered mountain gorillas. (Source: Lonely planet 2012 and CNN 2016, which ranked Uganda among the top 16 holiday destinations in the world). Fort Portal is more privileged to have been crowned as the only tourism city known in the country, thus most tourists who come to Uganda admire to reach Fort Portal Tourism City.
Tourists who come within the Kitara region consume a number of goods and services such as transportation, hotel and restaurant services, crafts and communication services. Accommodation & Food Service accounted for 3.9% and 6.3% of the total GDP at market prices for the financial year 2019/20. However, research has revealed shortages in accommodation facilities for tourists within the region, especially in Kabarole, Fort Portal and Kasese districts. Tourists find acceptable quality accommodation scarce across several districts within the region. And, nothing in the tourism industry is yet at its maximum potential. Therefore, any group of youths looking for an investment grade opportunity with acceptable returns will look to invest in a chain of luxury accommodation, foods and beverages and other accompanying needs within the region.
Major Business in and around Fort Portal in relation to Tourism
Hotel industry (hotels, lodges, guest houses, restaurants, coffee shops, snacks centers, bars and night clubs)
Tour Guidance to various tourism destinations (transport and tour guides)
Tourism sites development (Community tourism, religious tours, cultural tours, historical tours, canoeing/boat cruise, craft shops, agricultural tours, health tours, education tours, sports tours, nature tours eg. mountain hikes and nature walks
Other opportunities in tourism range from: –
Constructing high quality accommodation facilities,
Operating tour and travel circuits (bicycle tours, air balloon travel, marine activities on crater lakes
Development of specialized eco and community tourism facilities and faith-based tourism
Luxury tented camps and cottages
Walking Safaris in the wilderness areas and the volcanic craters
Canopy Walkways and sky trams
Development of Lodges and other types of accommodation to suit the various categories of visitors
Abroad volunteer hosting is another lucrative business
Nature walks, game farming, game ranching and sport hunting
Mountaineering packages for Rwenzori
Hot springs baths in Rwagimba and supporting facilities
Stop over facilities en-route to the national parks along major tourism circuits e.g. Fort Portal- Kampala, Fort Portal-Mbarara, Fort Portal-Kasese, Fort Portal Bundibugyo
Other Investments in Fort Portal
Fort Portal City is about 300 kilometers from Uganda’s capital Kampala; many people travel to and from Kampala. People and goods going to other districts such as Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu, Kasese and even outside to Congo pass through Fort Portal. Many tourists come to Fort Portal each year and need descent transport means. Therefore, transport projects targeting both people and goods are a potential economic investment. To maximize of transport industry, the youths of Fort Portal need to come together and design strategies to dominate the industry, to develop and provide affordable, reliable, convenient, environmentally friendly and safe public transport.
Fort Portal City is growing in terms of construction, within the city and surrounding communities. Even neighboring districts rely on Fort Portal as a source of most construction materials. Youth Groups that aim at supplying Construction materials if developed good strategies can dominate the market and create a life time profitable investment.
Fort Portal City and surrounding communities produce a lot of agricultural produce, take an example of fruits. Much of the fruits produced here is exported to Kampala in its raw form. Youths who invest in Fruit processing will get cheap raw materials from farmers and will be assured of potential market for various products within the city, surrounding communities and outside districts. Like fruits produce there are so many other agricultural produce that the youths in the city can take advantage of. Youths who invest in this industry can partner with government to set up a project to promote agriculture and value addition with specific focus on increasing competitiveness.
Fort Portal needs a leisure park; Although Fort Portal has many leisure and entertainment centers, it lacks on one-stop-center that has it all. Fort Portal needs to create a one-stop center for – related activities and services. Youths that invest in Leisure Park can attract good investment incentives and privileges provided by the Government of Uganda.
If you want an experience in Volunteer work or Community Tourism in Africa, Fort Portal offers you the best you may need. Contact us, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Call us or Whatsaap at (+256) 392156562 or 772888149
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