Sipi falls is located in the East of Uganda approximately 277km from Kampala Uganda’s capital in Kapchorwa district. These 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’ 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 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 a 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 Sabiny and Bagishu live around this area and do farming such as growing of 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 there individuals can engage in visiting these plantations, these visits can be organized by local guides in the area.
There are no worries of where to stay or how much to pay and all other things because all types of accommodation are available for you while in Sipi such as the luxurious lodges, mid range hotels and budget hotels and also campsites are available for those interested in camping.
Sitting at an elevation of 1,775 metres, Sipi Falls is a strenuous and often muddy hike, but the effort is well worth it.
When you stop to look at the beauty of the three majestic falls, you’ll feel your worries and woes fade away. All of a sudden, you’ll forget about your aching feet and mud-stained trousers from your lengthy hike. To reach all three falls, it takes on average around three hours of walking through semi-rugged terrain. The view is worth it though; the sky reflecting off the cascading water like glass creates a breathtaking landscape. The smell that fills your senses allows you to truly appreciate nature with every breath taken in. The satisfaction and joy of knowing that you have seen something so beautiful with your own two eyes will bring tears to many lucky hikers who get to experience this adventure firsthand – be sure to bring your camera!
The majority of this hike follows a river, making it very easy to keep on the right track. You will pass through different farmlands while also getting to explore some local communities. By doing this, you can take in all sorts of different sights and sounds, such as the peaceful sounds of the flowing water in the river or the birds chirping happily. This can be quite therapeutic, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. As a bonus, you could even spot some wildlife along your way – you never know what you’re going to find! Furthermore, by sticking close to the river you can be sure that finding your way back won’t be an issue whatsoever; as long as you follow the river downstream, eventually you’ll end up
The second-highest of the Sipi Falls comes first. It plunges 85 metres before concluding in a spectacular splash. The next fall is the smallest, at 65 metres. The last fall is the tallest at 100 metres. The second of the Sipi Falls is the highest, with a magnificent drop of 85 metres. Following this is the smallest fall, dropping 65 metres. Finally, the grandest and tallest plunge is the last at a lofty 100 metres.
Visiting Sipi Falls is an unforgettable experience. We organize trips to Sipi Falls throughout the year. Our trip takes us to Kapchorwa where you reach the base of the Sipi falls, and hike with our knowledgeable guides as you explore the 3 falls. You’ll have incredible views of three majestic waterfalls cascading down steep cliffs as you make your way up the mountain. When you reach the top, take some time to explore and marvel at the beauty of Sipi Falls. You can also go whitewater rafting or take a guided bird-watching tour if you have extra time.