Sipi falls is located in Eastern Uganda in Kapchorwa district approximately 277km from Kampala city of about 5 hours’ drive. They are strategically 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’ 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.
The Sipi falls is comprised of 3 waterfalls each flowing from a different altitude. The highest fall drops from an altitude of 100m are referred to as the main fall since it is the last fall in the series, this fall is a little bigger than the other two falls, but all give Uganda beautiful scenery. In fact, most people say that Sipi falls are the ‘most romantic falls’ in Uganda which is evidenced by the wonderful falls. This area is majorly where most hikes to Mt. Elgon are started from. Hiking up to these falls gives a beautiful scenic view, like 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 Sabeyi and Bagishu live around this area and do farming such as growing Arabica coffee which is the major cash crop in this land, this coffee is grown on altitudes between 1600metres and 1900metres above sea level. While their individuals can engage in visiting these plantations, these visits can be organized by local guides in the area.
Visiting Sipi falls offers you a thrilling experience in the coffee farm, visiting the Arabica coffee grown in Bugisu which is around Sipi Falls will enable you to have a look at the Bugisu Arabica coffee which only grows at altitude ranges between 1600 and 1900 meters. You will know lots of information to do with the entire coffee value chain as you will be able to meet the coffee producers, processors not leaving out the exporters and roasters. The profits from such tours are usually put to use for community developments and advancements through local projects.
Hiking Sipi falls offers other great experiences of abseiling. Abseiling is one of the other activities you can enjoy while hiking the Sipi falls which are sites at the base or rather foothills of Mount Elgon thus, these Italian adventurers can ably take you around for that activity. This place is called Rob’s Rock, in Jinja. You will enjoy the 100-meter Sipi main fall as you walk. You are also in a position to visit the local waterfalls and take hikes around the local communities
There are a number of accommodation facilities around Sipi falls that take care of your budget needs. The accommodation facilities range from luxury to budget and even campsites available. Staying near Sipi falls leads you to enjoy the cool weather around the areas of the Sipi falls, as it is quite cool as compared to the rest of the other parts of Uganda with temperate weather conditions. Accommodation includes Sipi River Lodge, Sipi Falls resort, Lacam Lodge, Noah’s Ark Hotels, and Crowns Nest Rest Camp
The journey to the Sipi Water Falls takes about 4 hours’ drive from Kampala city, you drive the Eastern part of Uganda along Jinja highway, then to Mbale town from where you drive towards Kapchorwa where the Sipi Falls is located. The journey is about 268 Kilometers. You can already book your safari with us, to the Sipi Falls amazing waterfalls.