Inspiration from a Lifelong Vegetarian
– Writing and Photos

Lovely Fort Portal

Lovely Fort Portal

Uganda is a lovely country of friendly people, a huge concentration of primates and colorful birds, beautiful mountains, and the Nile River. Vegetarians exploring Uganda have various options, but vegans need some creativity.

Kampala, the capital city, is vibrant and makes a good place to fuel up on veggie fare. Indian, Greek, Italian and other international cuisines can be found.

Across from National Theatre, a cultural hub, New City Annex Hotel’s restaurant offers many veggie options. On the same block is excellent Indian food at Masala Chaat House and also at the all-vegetarian Govinda’s below the Iskon Hare Krishna temple. To boot, Govinda’s has Chinese meals, pizza, sandwiches and an impressive case of sweets and snacks for the road.

In the Kololo area of Kampala, The Crocodile Café and Bar makes a great veggie burger with fries, and kebabs and pancakes for vegetarians.

Posing for a Photo

Posing for a Photo

Entebbe is a relaxing smaller city offering nice Lake Victoria beaches and the animal refuge called Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Ciao Bella has a tropical setting and delicious pizzas and pastas. New China Garden serves tofu and many veggie plates.

The Fort Portal area shines with several crater lakes, and chimpanzee tracking at nearby Kibale Forest National Park, which has a restaurant with veggie burgers. In Fort Portal, Shop Organic sells nuts, fruits and healthy items. Gardens cooks up samosas and other vegetarian fare.

The lush town of Jinja is the place to see the source of the Nile River and dine on meat-free options at the Nile Camp above the river. In town, try the artsy café Flavours, and for tasty Indian cuisine, Aaswad Restaurant.

If you love animals, nature and warm people, journey to Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’ – you won’t be sorry.

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