You will depart after breakfast for Kibale and travel via Butiaba, Hoima and Fort Portal. On your way you will see the western escarpment of the Western Rift Valley (Albertine Rift) and explore Lake Albert. Lake Albert is a typical Rift Valley lake lying at an altitude of 615 m between two parallel escarpments (Congo and Uganda).
You will visit Butiaba on Lake Albert where you can view the wreck of the Robert Corringdon Steam Ship, which was used to carry cargo and passengers from the Congo to Uganda. Palm lined sand covered roads, sandy beaches with canoes give a picturesque view, which has changed very little in the last century. Arrival at Fort Portal is foreseen in the late afternoon. If time allows, we will have a stop at Fort Portal for some shopping before heading to Kibale Forest NP which takes another hour. (B-L-D)
In 1864, the explorer Samuel Baker became the first European to discover Lake Albert; he named it after the recently deceased Prince Albert, (26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) who was the husband and consort of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Fort Portal is a small and attractive city. The fort was built between 1891 and 1893 and named after Sir Gerald Portal, the British Consul General of Zanzibar who arrived in Uganda in 1892 to formalise the protectorate of Uganda. He died of malaria a few months after the fort was completed.