The Sipi falls is found in the Eastern part of Uganda, Kapchorwa district, Northeast of Mbale. The falls lie in the foothills of Mountain Elgon, an extinct volcano with the world’s largest surface area. The falls have a series of 3 waterfalls and the main one drops a height of about 100m.
The name Sipi derived from a plant indigenous to the banks of the Sipi River called ‘Sep’. It is a medicinal plant that looks like a type of wild banana with a translucent green fond and a bolt of crimson rib which is used for treating measles and fever.
The Sipi falls are really exciting with the variety of activities carried out around them, it is not only a mesmerising sight. The activities include hiking, this takes you through the different well maintained network of trails which are sometimes muddy thus making hiking more adventurous.
When hiking, you get to have a magnificent view of all the three levels of the falls, the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga plus the slopes of Mountain Elgon. The falls are also a starting point of some of the trails used for hiking up Mountain Elgon.
Other adventures at the falls include the Rob’s rolling rock which has abseiling along the side of the main 100m waterfall, with well-equipped and the help trained by Italian climbers. Be ready to land into a beautiful paradise on earth after abseiling.
Rock climbing is also available with a range of difficulty on 14 bolted sport routes. Coffee tours are also available, here you get to see and also participate in an entire coffee process at a nearby family farm right from picking the coffee berries to a fine cup of strong Arabica Coffee.
Last but not least, you can have village and forest walks.
The Sipi falls definitely has a variety of cosy accommodation for her visitors, with beautiful sightings of the falls as the lodges look right over them. The lodges and backpackers / camp sights here can fit all budgets. The climate alone will attract you to stay, as it is cooler than most of the country.