Sipi falls is one of the key attractions in Uganda located in eastern part of the country near the country border with Kenya near Mount Elgon n and as well lies northeast of Mbale town an area which is predominantly known to wave cool weather with mist conditions most times. The name Sipi was derived from the word ‘sep’ which is a name of a wild banana-like indigenous plant that grows along the banks of the Sipi River, this plant can be used as medicine for treating fevers and measles by local people in that area.
Sitting in the land of Kapchorwa a renowned place to have given rise to one of the country’s worlds marathon medal champion, Sipi falls thus are one marvelous attractions which include the following;
A visit to the three waterfalls is one of the hikes that can be done in the area and thus there are three levels, and though the smaller two are more beautiful. The hike to the top of the falls is about 7 km long and involves steep ascents, climbing ladders and passing through local farms, the first hike to the fall is 95 meters high which offers more views of the land and far beyond to Mount Elgon and the second to the top at 74 meters where the water fall forms another 2nd waterfall with more descent scenery view with steep rocks facing back of the water fall.
A visit to the extinct volcano of Mount Elgon is one activity not to miss out, it’s the fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa, with the second-highest peak in Uganda (Wagagi Peak – 4321 metres ) and other outstanding peaks which include the Jackson’s summit at 4165 meter, Kiongo at 4303 meters and Mubiyi at 4210 meters. Key activities that can be done by visitors her involve Mountaineering which isn’t very difficult and the climate is not harsh so this activity is not only enjoyed by experienced climbers but by medium climbers as well.
Game viewing is another experience where you can encounter several animals along the trails which include; elephants, buffaloes, Oribi, Defassa’s waterbuck, duiker, squirrels, spotted hyenas, and a few primates such as the white colobus monkey and the blue monkey.
Alongside visiting Sipi fall, there several trails which can be made starting with coffee tours where you can get to involve in several activities which can involve picking the coffee berries. This is the cash crop to the Bagishu and Sabiny in this area, during this visit you will learn also how coffee is harvested, processed, roasted and other things, you will also be able to see how people live in these communities. Sipi Falls Arabica Coffee is some of the finest in the world.
Abseiling and Rock climbing.
The process which involve sloping down the hill under controlled conditions especially uses of strong ropes, anchors, gloves, locking biner among others on cliffs, rocks or mountains is one of the activities that can be done along Sipi falls and can’t be found anywhere else, the activity is indeed adventurous and looking at the brave souls descending down which is really mind blowing
The drive to Sipi falls is between 4-8 hours from kampala to Mbale and then proceed to your destination, our experienced travel guides will be able to sail you through the mountainous roads and make stopovers at your time of convenience for any nature exploration
Accommodation while at Sipi falls.
You can find a couple of places to stay right near the falls, letting you arrive in the evening, get a good night’s rest with plenty of services ranging from comfortable beds, along with Wi-Fi and power sockets so you can charge your phone, then wake up early for a hike, some of these accommodation centers range from Luxurious/Up market, mid-range /moderate and those for budget travelers are also available which include; Sipi Falls Resort which is located within the Mount Elgon National Park, Mbale resort hotel, Lacam lodge, Mount Elgon hotel Sipi River Lodge which is made up of luxurious cottages with very tasteful décor
Best time for exploration.
The best time for exploration would be rainy season (usually months like March, April and May get the most rain, though it tends to rain a bit more in November as well) you’ll see a fuller, more powerful waterfall and more greenery, though every other month of the year is worth visiting amidst the slippery trails in the area.
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