SIPI FALLS UGANDA
SIPI FALLS UGANDA
Sipi falls Uganda is located in the East of Uganda approximately 277km from Kampala in kapchorwa district.Sipi falls are found on the foothills of mountain Elgon just at the edge of Mount Elgon National park nearing the Kenyan border to Uganda. The name sipi was derived from the word sep this plant can be used as medicine for treating fever and measles by local people in that area. The Sipi falls Uganda are comprised of 3 waterfalls each flowing from a different altitude .The highest fall drops from an altitude of 100m referred to as the main fall since it is the last fall in the series ,Sipi falls Uganda is a little bigger than the other two falls but all give Uganda a beautiful scenery.Sipi falls are the most romantic falls in Uganda which is evidenced by the wonderful falls and This area is majorly where most hikes to mt. Elgon started from .Hiking up to these falls gives a beautiful scenic view of Lake kyoga,the karamoja low lands, coffee plantations and other surrounding areas .The climate in this area is cool since it’s a hilly area and sometimes as individuals are hiking there are rains which makes hiking a bit hard but it is also an experience of its own , generally it is a place available for chilling, loosening up and relaxing from the congestion around cities. The nearby communities have hospitable people and majorly the Sabiny and Bagishu live around this area and do farming such as growing of Arabic coffee which is the major cash crop in this land .Coffee is grown on altitudes between 1600metres above sea level, individuals can engage in visiting these plantations and these visits can be organized by local guides in the area.
ACTIVITIES TO DO AT SIPI FALLS UGANDA
Hiking .Since all the water falls are located in different areas of Mt. Elgon, it is impossible to see them at the same time but they can be seen in one day. Hiking Safaris in Uganda are done in three different mountains that includes Mt Elgon, Mt Rwenzori and Mgahinga The paths of these falls are approximately 7km to 8km as you walk and it takes around 3 hours to visit all the falls and it depends on individual fitness and pace. As you hike you will need walking sticks to give you support since you go through some steep spots and in case it rains the paths get slippery and muddy. There are different starting points for the hike depending on which waterfall to visit first. If you have lesser time you are advised to start with the main water fall and continue with others later but if you have enough time it’s better to first hike to the first and second waterfall, take a break or relax as you continue to the last water fall. Cars cannot reach all these spots because the terrain is steep and that’s why you go for a hike. Hiking is an amazing experience and you will be having local guides who are informed about the historical and geographical background of the area.
Abseiling and rock climbing.Sipi falls Uganda is the place to go when you need to do abseiling in Uganda. This activity is done at the main water fall and is most enjoyed by adventurous travelers .Equipment also known as rappels to be used are availed and also there are skilled guides to guide you through this exciting adventure .
Coffee plantation visit. The coffee plantations are on the lower slopes of Mt Elgon , while at sipi add on your experience by visiting these plantations .The coffee is majorly Arabica coffee and grows within altitudes 160m and 1900m.It is the cash crop to the Bagishu and Sabiny in this area, during this visit you will learn how coffee is harvested , processed , roasted and you will be able to see how people live in these communities .
Cultural encounters. In Kapchorwa there is a lot to see like the Sabiny who basically stay around Sipi falls Uganda. There way of life ,dress code ,traditional dances that can be organized by the community .Sipi is also known for female and male circumcision though that of females has reduced over the years since it was found to be unhealthy and risky to women but that of men is an amazing activity to witness.
Bird watching .Mountain Elgon national park has around 275 bird species so you will see most of them while in this area and you can also see some birds while seated in the gardens of Sipi River Lodge if that is the accommodation you have opted for.
Mountain Biking .You can opt to travel with your bike if you are to take part in this activity; it is so adventurous and thrilling to ride your bike on the Rocky Mountains.
Visiting the Sipi River. Apart from visiting the 3 water falls you could also take time and visit the sipi River. The river has nice vegetation including the Sep plant which is where the name sipi was derived .This plant is said to be a medicine to measles and fever.
Accommodation options around Sipi falls Uganda.
There are number of accommodation facilities in sipi region and these include ;Sipi River lodge which is found in sipi region and it has a nice view since it’s near the water falls ,Sipi falls Resort,Lacam lodge ,Noah’s Ark hotel, Crown Nest Rest camp ,Rafiki lodge,sipi traveler’s lodge among others
How to get to sipi Falls
It takes 4-5hours of driving from Kampala to reach sipi falls. The major highway used is the kampala-jinja highway which offers opportunities to see fascinating places like Mabira forest and River Nile among others. After jinja, the journey continues to Iganga town before turning off to join the Tinyiri highway leading to Mbale .Alternatively, one can continue straight up to Tororo town and then to Mbale .The Toro route is longer but more scenic offering a chance to see baboons at Busitema forest. Traveler already in Mbale can use private or public transport which comes in form of taxis, buses or even motorcycles
Sipi falls is located 65km from Mbale town in sipi villages and its 16km from Muyembe town where you make a turn and leave the road connecting to Moroto town and drive as your heading to Kapchorwa town and you will see sign posts of sipi falls. Upon arrival in the nearest town you can spot the local guides that will charge simple fees to enable you access the waterfalls without getting lost in the villages.