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Recreational Gardens

Recreational Gardens in a very Natural Setting

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A Cool Research Environment

We provide a conducive environment for  biodiversity research and education

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Aquatic Plants

We conserve all types of plants

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We encourage locals to grow more trees

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Food security project

Food security

  • Food security is a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life
  • When everybody is able to get enough healthy food to be well and active
  • A household is considered to be food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation

Why engage the public with food security?

  • Food security is one of the big challenges that TBG aims to address through the Big Picnic Project in the Rwenzori region
  • Involving the end users as farmers, consumers, public authorities and community members in finding solutions through research and innovations is regarded as a key to food security

Implementation strategy.

Science cafes; these will be organized in casual places like restaurants, pubs and coffeehouses, they are pen to everyone to engage with scientists on food security,

It will help local people to connect with experts and share ideas on food security


This is a platform that brings people from different back ground of life to discuss and resolve an issue (food security) in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome.

It is very important to have ideas of other stakeholders’ minds.

Big Picnic: scientists, policy makers and other stake holders come together, learn from each other as they discuss food security (one of the most challenges facing the planet)

Big picnic will work with the public to open up the debate n the future of our food

The project will encourage collaboration & conversation to build public understanding f food security issues and enable adults and young people and articulate their views to decision makers

Establishing of centralized demo-sites

One demo-site will be established at TBG offices in Fort Portal and 6 others at 6 primary schools in the 3 first implementing sub-counties

In the above sites, vegetables f different types and food crops will be grown and maintained as learning sites to the public

Food Basket exhibitions;

These are farmers and other stakeholders’ events organized for food security knowledge sharing and show casing technologies applied to farming more applicable t all

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Tooro botanical gardens has an exclusive exposition of birds typical of western Uganda and some of the lower montane species typical of Rwenzori Mountains. There are many common species as well as some of the rarer, more threatened and sometimes migratory species. Perhaps what not many people realize is how rich the gardens are in fauna including Reptiles, Insects, Mammals and specifically birds. The recent bird checklist in the gardens indicate over 170 species sighted.

At the northern gate is a unique habitat where a variety of tree and plantain species that have encouraged to keep an under-story of bushes and shrubs. There is abundant food and cover for a verity of resident birds such as Scaly francolin, Luther bush shrike and black faced Rufous warbler. While in the mother garden, sunbirds, warblers like wood, willow and the Reed warbler, can be found feeding on a myriad of small insects to grain energy for their long journey back to the northern hemisphere.

To the south of the visitors Centre adjacent to the Banda is a magnificent fig trees with palms and Albezia surrounding it. This fig tree is an occasional roost of a pair of verreaux’s engle-owel. Also in the vicinity are Bottle brush and tulip trees much favoured by many various sun birds and flycatchers. Others which can be seen are white browed robin chat(cossypha heuglini),MacKinnon’s fiscal (lanius mackinnoni),African paradise flycatcher(Terpsiphone viridis),Great blue turaco(corytheola cristata),Ross’s turaco(musophaga rossae) and Eastern grey plantain eater(crinifer zonorus) and the iconic banbo warblers.

Moving into the gardens valley bottom an area of Elephant grass, palm and bamboo occurs it habitant for various weave’s such as yellowed-backed, brown throated,bagglafecht and vieillot’s black, while chubb’s cisticola,great swamp warbler and ludher’s-bush like can be found.Mannikins,Grey blacked fiscal, brown throated wattle eye(platysteira cyanea),singing cisticola and speckled mouse bird can also be spotted.

Birding at Tooro Botanical Gardens
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Conference Facilities

Tooro Botanical Gardens offers some of the most secluded and peaceful conference facilities in Uganda while still being ideally located in the centre of town.

The conference hall is located at the northern entrance, directly opposite the main reception building.

The conference hall

If you are travelling from Kampala:

upon reaching Fort Portal town turn right at the Mpanga market and follow the road for approximately 1km. At the junction to Mountains of the Moon Hotel, please turn right and follow the road for 300 metres and you will see the entrance to TBG on your right.

If you are travelling from Kasese:

upon reaching Fort Portal continue through the town as if you were travelling to Kampala. At the turning for the Fort Portal-Kampala highway, continue straight on up the hill and follow the road for approximately 1km. At the junction to Mountains of the Moon Hotel, please turn right and follow the road for 300 metres and you will see the entrance to TBG on your right.

The conference hall can accommodate up to 150 people and has flushing toilets and plans for a cafeteria. The ideal location means that meals can be taken from any number of nearby restaurants and we are happy to arrange this in advance for you to ensure timely serving. Refreshments from Fort Portal can also be organized upon request.

To book our conference hall please contact us at or via phone on 0782 673 188 / 0701 673 188 / 0782 151 067