Sipi Falls Uganda Tour
The Sipi falls are a phenomenon to many visitors, both local and foreign, yearly. Regarded as one of the most romantic places in Uganda,the falls are a series of three prominent waterfalls, with the longest drops as high 100m. The second waterfall drops 75m below and has upper cascades before the plunge. The third water fall measures 85m and is tall and columnar.
It has a vigorous flow with mist and even creates mini rainbows when the sun hits it! However, there are countless other less prominent falls nearby. They can be a wonderful place to bring a loved one to spend some quality time together. The falls pick their water as it flows from the slopes of Mountain Elgon.Located in Eastern Uganda in Kapchorwa District, North East of Mbale and Sironko, coordinates: 1.20’16’N 34.22’46’E, the falls are situated at the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border 55km north of Mbale District.
Sipi falls is also usually the starting point for many hikers looking to scale Mountain Elgon. The falls are also popular for the cool weather, the ice cold water which some describe as healing when dove into and the Bugisu Arabica coffee plantations nearby. Arabica coffee is known to grow at altitudes of about 1600m. The breathtaking waterfalls derive their name from the Sipi River which in turn was named after the local plant growing along the river banks called the “sep”. This plant resembles a type of wild banana with translucent green fronds with a bolt of crimson red used for medicinal purposes like treating measles and fever. Local folklore has it that British sightseers once found a lady picking wild plants in a nearby plantation and asked her the name of the falls. She thought they were asking the name of the plant so she replied, “Sep.”
When To Go To Sipi Falls
Sipi falls is a nice place to visit all year round. Uganda has tropical climate and this means that it is warm all year and has no drastic changes. Sipi falls itself is always cool, in fact cooler than all the areas around and is a wonderful place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. As mentioned before a swim in the Sipi waters can be next to heavenly and the environment is good for meditation. The scenery will have you thanking God for his creation.
Where To Lodge When In Sipi Falls
Sipi falls has many safari lodges around the area that you can stay at to enjoy the cool environment in the area and relax and wind down. In case you are backpacking, the Crow’s Nest is a good place to stay. Cows Nest is situated 2000m on the slopes of mountain Elgon. It offers a stunning view of the Sipi falls and the slopes of the mountain. It is made up of a number of dome tents and provides very little luxuries and is thus perfect if on a small budget.
And if you have a little more money to spend, the resorts and hotels can be a good place to lay your head. These include Sipi Falls Resort which is located within the Mount Elgon National Park. The resort is made up of self-contained grass thatched huts which will heighten your enjoyment by sleeping the way the indigenous people of the country used to. The resort also has a view of the falls and the fantastic Karimajong plains. You could also stay at the Sipi River Lodge which is made up of luxurious cottages with very tasteful décor and is perfect if you prefer a quality night in. other resorts include Mbale resort hotel, Lacam lodge, Mount Elgon hotel and Noah’s ark hotel among others.
Activities To Do At Sipi Falls
Hiking Sipi Falls
Hiking. Hiking is a very good option for tourists who go to Sipi falls. You can pick from numerous popular waterfall walks. These can be as short and simple as 15 minutes or as strenuous as hikes all day. However the cool breeze of the Sipi falls will offer a lot of comfort.
Sipi Arabica Coffee
The Arabica coffee plantations are also a marvel for many tourists who come to Sipi falls. The plantations are set mainly around mountain elgon which has volcanic soils which are perfect for this type of coffee coupled with the cool weather to ensure healthy coffee plants. The plantations are found in the Bugisu region and you will have fun hanging out and meeting all the people in the coffee production chain like the farmers, processors, exporters and roasters among others. You can even partake in the roasting and sorting yourself as you prepare your own cup of coffee straight from the source. The coffee is some of the best coffees on earth and is daily winning respect world over. You will appreciate the process and every cup will be more enjoyable. Visit a local coffee farmer to learn about his work and the life cycle of the crop.