What a visit to Ford Portal and Mahoma Falls ! This natural wonder is an exciting discovery for travellers to Uganda, and it will not be forgotten by any visitor! The refreshing views alone are enough reason why this attraction should not be missed out.
About Fort Portal and Mahoma Falls
Fort Portal City is situated at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains in the greater Tooro kingdom, Western Region of the Country. Known for being vibrant and welcoming, Fort Portal is the gateway to Uganda’s adventures. Fort Portal City lies on the northern foothills of Rwenzori Mountain ranges, 50km north of Kasese District close to Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is 26 km from Kibale National Park.
Besides, the City with around 42.000 inhabitants is close to the equator. So you can take advantage of the lovely weather (and warm nights) by hiking through beautiful volcanic landscapes, or taking a boat ride on one of 42 crater lakes.
How to reach Mahoma Falls and what to expect
The Mahoma Falls – a must see for any nature lover – is located 47 minutes by car from ATACO Country Resort in Fort Portal. The falls are on Kyatwa hill surrounded by crater lakes, creating an enchanting view! The wandering roads along different and picturesque lake beds make this destination seem like another world entirely.
Reaching the falls is relatively easy as they are located just a short distance from the main road that runs between Fort Portal and Kasese.
There are also guided tours available to the falls, which will provide you with more information about the history, culture, and ecology of the area. You may enjoy guided hikes to nearby peaks and to spot different varieties of birds and primates.
You may hike to the top of the Falls numerous times and every time it will be a new experience. Expect an unforgettable two-hour walk-through lush forest. The ground may be slippery because there is lots of moss, but don’t worry – hiking sneakers will keep everything safe.
The sound of a gushing waterfall is enough to fill you with awe. The chilly fresh air, combined with the icy coldness in these waters, has well-known effects on people: they feel refreshed and relaxed! It is no wonder that many tourists flock here from all over the world. Here they can get one last summer soak before winter sets in; it’s an African Hydrotherapy Massage. After all, powerfully therapeutic for body & soul alike when paired up by those crashing waterfalls.
Waterfalls with cultural importance
The falls also have a significant cultural and historical importance to the local communities. Particularly to the Bakonjo people who have lived in the area for centuries. The falls are considered a sacred site and are believed to be home to a spirit that is said to guard the local area. According to local legend the spirit is able to predict the weather and even control it. That is why the area around the falls is known to receive abundant rainfall. Hope, we did encourage you to visit Fort Portal and Mahoma Falls 😉