The Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, the Toro Kingdom leadership, Kabarole District Local Government, Legislators from Rwenzori region and the entire tourism fraternity are all upbeat about the prospect of transforming Fort Portal as the Tourism hub in Uganda.
Fort Portal municipality at the foot of Rwenzori Mountains is currently known to the cleanest town in Uganda and a gateway to various national parks including Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Rwenzori and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserves. It is famous for the stalagmites and Nyakasura waterfalls linked to the rich Chwezi culture. The area is surrounded by scenic crater lakes, beautiful tea plantations and the Rwenzori mountain ranges besides a cool climate and hospitable people boasting of the youngest and most handsome king in the world. It is also known for the Bigodi wetland sanctuary.According to the Resident District commissioner Mr. Tumusiime,the region is endowed with water resources and a host of other tourism attractions found nowhere else in the country, the reason the national vision 2040 projects the municipality as the tourism city comparable to Arusha in northern Tanzania.The RDC says Fort Portal is also booming as a cultural tourist destination with a king whose youthful vigour has made culture relevant to modern transformation. King Oyo Nyimba Rukidi the IV has set pace for other kings according to the RDC.The MP for Fort Portal Municipality Mr. Alex Ruhunda chairs the task force for transforming the urban centre into a tourism city. Mr. Asaba Ruyonga the Municipality Mayor says a concept paper is in place and physical planning taking place which has zoned various areas for different facilities. He boasts of key personalities like Princess Elizabeth Bagaya a senior presidential advisor on culture as spearheading the move.