Buses are probably the safest form of road transport in Uganda. In addition to buses most major routes are covered by a regular stream of white minibuses, matatus, which have no set departure times, but simply leave when they are full (every 10-
However, on the long-
Special hire (normal taxis) involve hiring a vehicle privately. Beware of people at matatu stations that say there are no vehicles going to where you want. Usually they are trying their luck, since special hire taxis cost more. If you organise a special hire, bargain hard and stay safe. Try not to take them alone or late at night.
FROM KAMPALA TO THE ORPHANAGE
If you arrive into Kampala after 2pm then we advise that you stay here overnight; mainly because few, if any, buses run after that time, and you would arrive in Fort Portal after sunset. We can recommend both the Kampala Backpackers on Natete Road (+256 (0)414 274767) and Red Chilli Hideaway on Sunderland Road (+256 (0)414 223 903). Both offer standard hostel and campsite facilities but you will have to jump on the back of a boda-
Alternatively, the Post Bus leaves from the central post office on Kampala road at 08:00 daily except Sundays: +256 (0)41 4236436 mobile +256 (0)772 357427.
Note that bus timetables are subject to change. Check before travelling. We believe the Kalita bus is faster than the post bus but not having been on the latter, we cannot confirm this.
ARRIVING INTO FORT PORTAL
If you make Pastor John Bosco (the proprietor of the orphanage and campsite) aware that you will be arriving in Fort Portal he will be happy to pick you up himself (for the price of the petrol). Try to let him know an expected time the day before and then confirm on the day. However, even if you are not volunteering you are simply planning to stay in Fort Portal for a night or two, then we are sure he will also arrange a pick up for you. His number is +256 (0)782779910 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If you arrive late into Fort Portal we can recommend the aptly named Exotic Lodge centrally located near Stanbic Bank to the left of the statue of Sir Gerard Portal (his left!). It is very basic but very cheap (c.$3) and well located, with nets and common showers. Upmarket digs include the Rwenzori Travellers Inn with restaurant, internet, hot water etc!!! This is up the Kasese Road near the Shell Garage, 5 minutes walk from the central statue: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, +256 (0)4834 22102. Note it is about $50 per night!
If the Pastor is otherwise busy then the 35minute ride through the green, rolling hills and lush tea-