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Places To Visit In Uganda: My Experiences In The East African Country

Fort Portal, Entebbe, Equator Line, The Source Of The River Nile

The is the last post of my Uganda Travel Series. Previous ones are Volunteer experiences in Uganda, My Misadventure in Lake Bunyonyi, How I Did The African Safari For Free. Continuing from the last post: Before heading to Masindi, I took a bus from Kasese town for Fort Portal. After 2 hrs ride, I reached the beautiful city of Fort Portal. It is recognised as the “Tourism city of Uganda”. Do not miss visiting Fort Portal, if you plan to visit Uganda. Read on!

 

On the way to Fort Portal
My Hostel
Full of Greenery
Tooro Botanical Gardens
View from Botanical Gardens
View from Tooro Palace

View of Rwenzori Mountains

Tooro Palace
On the way to Crater Lake

Crater Lake

A walk Back to Town

 

Rolex in progress

 

Local market in Fort Portal

 

FORT PORTAL

From the bus stop, I went straight to the hostel and left my bags and set out to explore the city. First stop was Tooro Botanical Garden. It is a beautiful and spacious garden with many indigenous plants and trees. It has some amazing views of beautiful houses with Rwenzori mountains in the background. There is no entrance fee but there are some paid tours within the garden. After the garden visit, I took a mototaxi to reach Tooro Palace. It is the palace of the current king of Toro even though he doesn’t live here. In the pre-colonial times, Fort portal was the capital of Toro Kingdom. Palace is situated at an elevation. Views of Rwenzori mountains and the Fort Portal city from the palace are truly breathtaking. I met three guys there who suggested me to visit the nearby crater lake. Again, I took a mototaxi to reach the crater lake. Mototaxi dropped me on the road. I walked for like 15-20 minutes to reach the lake. I was the only person who was there at that time. It was quite serene. I enjoyed my time there. While returning, I decided to walk all the way back to the city centre. Best decision of the day! During my walk, I witnessed kids returning from their schools, workers returning from their hard day’s work, Friendly locals waving at me. I strike a conversation with a boy on the way. The whole ambience was so relaxing. It felt like I was part of their lives. Before heading back to my hostel, I ate Rolex! In case you are wondering, No, my digestive system is not so strong that it can digest a watch. Well, Rolex is a street food comprises of Omelete rolled inside a Parantha(They call it Chapati though, well that’s another matter). It was supposed to be called “Roll Eggs” but gradually it changed into a slang i.e. “Rolex”! Cheapest food named after one of the most expensive watches. The Irony! I wish I stayed more in Fort portal. Fort portal is one of the best places in Uganda for tourism. The city is clean, green and full of positive vibes.

 

Gaddafi Square
JINJA CITY

A-One Beach In Jinja
Jinja Nile Bridge

Pier inside the “The Source Of The River Nile” Park
The Guy who took me to “The Source Of The River Nile”

THE SOURCE OF THE RIVER NILE, JINJA

From Gulu, I took a bus to Kampala and from Kampala, I took another bus to Jinja. It was approx. 8-9 hours ride in total. I traveled to Jinja to volunteer with an environmental organization. On the following weekend, I visit the source of the river Nile. Before that, I went to A-One Beach and it has some amazing views. It is a nice place to relax or party! The pier to get a boat to reach the source of the river Nile is located inside the park. The entrance fee to the park for foreigners is $10. The cost for a small boat (It includes a visit to the source of the Nile and a waterfall) is 100000 Ugandan shillings but since I was alone, the cost was too much for me. I decided to let it go and explore the park instead. While wandering, I met a local fisherman who was going to the source of the river Nile and I tag along with him on his Canoe. It turns out the source of the river Nile is just 10 mins from the Pier and even less with a motorboat! It is a historical landmark and full of tourists. It is where the River Nile originates from Lake Victoria. The only outflow from Lake Victoria is the River Nile which exits here. In terms of contributed water, Lake Victoria is the principal source of the longest branch of the Nile. It is one of those places where there’s nothing much to do but you still visit because of its significance. You can also go for longer rides on River Nile/Lake Victoria from the same pier.

 

Entebbe Zoo Entrance

Sleeping Cheetah

 

Into the Woods
An Eye Contact with “The King Of The Jungle”
Grey crowned crane
Chimpanzees’ habitat
Gaboon Viper
The Beach!

Giraffes

 

No, They are pretty still, like a statue!
Here’s looking at you, Wild Buffalo
Lazy Rhinos

Entebbe Town

ENTEBBE

Just like Fort portal, I wish I could have stayed longer in Entebbe. You know sometimes you travel to a place and you get some really positive vibes from that place even though there’s not many attractions to visit or things to do. Entebbe is that place but the good part is there’s an Entebbe Zoo. It is now known as Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre and it is a must-visit. I was very reluctant to visit the zoo since I was not interested in seeing animals in cages but I still went because of my host’s recommendation and I was positively surprised. This zoo is nothing like the zoos I have seen in my life. Don’t get me wrong, the animals were in cages but they have their own space. If you know what I mean. I let pictures do all the explaining. A must visit place nonetheless. There are a beautiful beach and a mini Jungle walk inside the zoo. Do not miss them!

 

Equator point in Kayabwe
Water Experiment

 

Kampala City
Independent Monument in Kampala
Paranthas at Govinda’s restaurant in Kampala!

EQUATOR LINE NEAR KAMPALA

Like Source of the River Nile, visiting Equator Line is essential because of its significance. Equator line is located around 80 km from Kampala city. The capital city of Uganda. I took a matatu(Shared taxi) to reach the Equator line situated in Kayabwe. There’s a cafe located in the middle of the equator line. There you can do the water experiment for like 10000-15000 Ugandan shillings. The water at the equator runs down counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere due to the effect caused by the earth’s rotation on moving objects. Also, there are many souvenir shops nearby. Kampala city is like any other big city. The best things about my visit to Kampala are meeting my amazing Couchsurfing host. What a guy! And eating lip-smacking delicious Indian food at Govinda’s restaurant.  The hospitality of Ugandan People was truly amazing. I am so grateful to them. Plan a visit to Uganda and you will be surprised!

 

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Hello! My name is Saurabh. I'm a cinephile, an avid traveler with a song stuck in my head which I keep humming till ad nauseam :)

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29 Comments

  1. These travel stories and images from the places in the world inspire me and allow to feel humble and so inspired. All at the same time. I would like to be able to travel to Uganda and see it with my own eyes.

  2. In 2019 me and me ex together were planning to visit Uganda but we broke up and he had to travel alone. The pictures he showed me was lovely. And here your pictures and description is beautiful.

  3. A very incredible place especially to those which are nature loving human being. The place looks so peaceful, the people also looks friendly. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience on this place.

  4. Uganda looks a really beautiful country to visit. Complete changing my inital perception of Uganda as a country that had poverty, starvation and hunger, from the news reports over the decades.

  5. This is really good. Honestly, I never really planned to travel to Uganda. But I think your post might have changed my opinion. I am sure a lot goes into planning when travelling to African countries (vaccines included), but may be I will consider it.

  6. You have to be super committed to ride for 8-9 hours to volunteer in Jinja! This was a great way to take a tour alongside with you (including being right in the very middle of the North and South Poles).

  7. What an incredible trip. I had family that use to live in Kampala, so we have heard some pretty epic stories over the years. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures.

  8. It looks like you had a lot of fun in Uganada. I haven’t been there yet but I have a friend who did and told me how beautiful the country is. He even brought me a fridge magnet from Kampala 🙂

  9. OMG..! this place looks so awesome and amazing..love the view of everything..and the food just loved this..it is one of my fav food ever…Thanks for sharing your experience….

  10. So many amazing places to visit! I love your pictures of Crater Lake – it looks so beautiful, untouched and peaceful. That’s the kind of location that I could honestly just relax at for hours. There is something about a body of water like that… it instantly brings me feelings of calm and serenity.

  11. That looks like a wondrous places to visit in Uganda.It seems like you really had a great time there.

  12. I enjoyed reading this. Such an interesting story. Would love to visit Uganda one day, definitely. I bet experience is amazing.

  13. I wanna experience being in the middle of the North Pole and South Pole! I’ve always known that Uganda is a beautiful country but seeing/reading how exotic it is makes me want to pack my bags and just go. I’m a fan of wildlife myself and support preservation. I would love to visit these places someday, especially the Entebbe Zoo.

  14. Opening the mind, acquiring knowledge, releasing stress, calming anxiety, and improving health are some of the advantages of traveling. And that’s why I love to travel as well

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