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10 Must Visit Waterfalls In Uganda

Many people have known Uganda due to the reign of Idi Amin. But besides this dark past, many people have also come to know Uganda for its stunning natural beauty, including several magnificent waterfalls. The country is simply gifted by nature.  Here are some notable waterfalls in Uganda:

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls, located within Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, is a breathtaking natural wonder that showcases the immense power and beauty of the Nile River. As the Nile makes its way through a narrow gorge, it creates a spectacular waterfall, plunging down with incredible force and forming Murchison Falls.

The thunderous roar of the cascading water, combined with the mist that fills the air, creates an awe-inspiring sight that leaves visitors in awe. The surrounding landscape, characterized by rugged cliffs and abundant wildlife, adds to the allure of Murchison Falls, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Sipi Falls

Sipi Falls is a captivating series of waterfalls nestled in the foothills of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda. This natural wonder comprises three stunning waterfalls, each with its own unique charm and character. As water cascades down the rugged cliffs, surrounded by lush greenery and fertile farmlands, Sipi Falls creates a picturesque scene that is nothing short of mesmerizing.

The tallest of the three falls, known as the Main Sipi Falls, drops from a considerable height, creating a majestic spectacle. Visitors to Sipi Falls can indulge in activities like hiking, trekking, and birdwatching while immersing themselves in the tranquil beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Sipi Falls is truly a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a serene and enchanting experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Ssezibwa Falls

Ssezibwa Falls is a spiritual and cultural site located about 32 kilometers east of Kampala. The falls are formed by the Ssezibwa River and are surrounded by lush forests and scenic landscapes. The local Baganda people consider the falls sacred and believe in their healing powers.

Aruu Falls

Aruu Falls is a captivating waterfall located in the northern part of Uganda, near the town of Pader. It is nestled within the scenic landscapes of the Acholi region, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills.

Aruu Falls is known for its impressive cascade as the water plunges down a series of rocky steps, creating a mesmerizing display of power and beauty. The falls provide a tranquil atmosphere, offering visitors a chance to unwind and connect with nature.

With its natural splendor and peaceful surroundings, Aruu Falls is a hidden gem that promises a refreshing and serene experience for those who venture to explore it.

Itanda Falls

Itanda Falls, also known as the “Staircase of the Nile,” is an impressive waterfall located on the Nile River near Jinja, Uganda. As the river rushes through a series of rocky steps and rapids, it forms Itanda Falls, creating a breathtaking display of power and natural beauty.

The cascading water creates a dramatic scene, surrounded by lush vegetation and towering cliffs. Itanda Falls has gained popularity among adrenaline seekers as a premier whitewater rafting and kayaking destination, offering thrilling and challenging rapids. Beyond its adventure sports appeal, Itanda Falls is also a picturesque spot where visitors can appreciate the raw force of nature and soak in the stunning surroundings.

Busowoko Waterfalls

Busowoko waterfalls are also located near Jinja. These waterfalls are popularly known for white water rafting. Before reaching Itanda Falls during your white water rafting in Jinja, you will have to first cross Busowoko waterfalls.

These waterfalls are also a ritual site for the Busoga Kingdom. A number of cultural or traditional ordination, as well as initiation ceremonies, are carried out from this place. It is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Eastern Uganda.

Sisiyi Water Falls

Sisiyi Waterfalls is found in Bulambuli eastern Uganda. Located on the slopes of Mountain Elgon, the waterfalls offer a great opportunity for hiking as well as picnicking. There is a lodge and campsite near the waterfalls making it very possible to spend a few days simply relaxing around the waterfalls.

However, the road that is connected to Sisiyi Falls is not well paved. It is for this reason that most people still prefer visiting Sipi Falls instead of Sisiyi Waterfalls.

Bulambuli Waterfalls

There are four major waterfalls found in Bulambuli, These include; the Gibanyi waterfalls, Golobetei waterfalls, Nakifumbuko waterfalls, and Gibuzare waterfalls.

Gibuzare Waterfalls

Gibuzare waterfalls are the most stunning of these four Bulambuli waterfalls. It is commonly mistaken for Sipi Falls. There is a trail to these waterfalls; you ought to pass through people’s gardens to get to the bottom of the waterfalls but the experience is worthwhile. 

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Falls

Located near Fort Portal in western Uganda, is a captivating waterfall that holds cultural and mythological significance. Translated as “Breasts of Nyina Mwiru” in the local language, the falls are surrounded by a cave system with stalactite formations resembling hanging breasts.

According to local folklore, these formations are believed to be the breasts of Nyina Mwiru, a legendary princess who faced various trials and transformed into stone, giving birth to the cascading water. The falls and the caves are considered cultural and historical sites, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and traditional tales.

Visitors can explore the caves, marvel at the unique geological formations, and learn about the rich cultural heritage and legends associated with Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Falls.

Karuma Falls

Karuma Falls is a majestic waterfall located along the Nile River in Uganda, approximately 225 kilometers north of Kampala. The falls are a remarkable natural spectacle as the mighty Nile River cascades through a series of rapids and plunges down the rocky terrain, creating a breathtaking display of power and beauty.

The thunderous sound of the water, combined with the mist that fills the air, adds to the dramatic atmosphere of Karuma Falls. The surrounding landscape is characterized by towering cliffs and lush greenery, offering a picturesque backdrop to this natural wonder.

Karuma Falls is not only a visual treat but also an important hydroelectric power generation site, contributing to Uganda’s energy needs. Whether admired from a distance or experienced up close, Karuma Falls leaves visitors awe-struck with its sheer grandeur and the raw force of nature on display

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5 Best Places to See Chimpanzees in Uganda

Uganda is a basket of primates and among them include chimpanzees.  Chimpanzees are considered to be our closest cousin for sharing 99% DNA with human being. Chimpanzees are the second Thought after Gorillas and most visitors taking Uganda safari tours engage in this rewarding adventure.

Chimpanzees are highly intelligent and are capable of using tools like sticks, stones and pods among others during their routine work.  They are also social and they stay in communities of dozens of animals with alpha male chimpanzee. Chimpanzees commonly use fours (knuckle-walking), but can stand and walk upright. Chimpanzees have long arms, hands, and fingers, which help them climb trees and swing from branch to branch.

Though chimpanzees stay in tropical forest, they can also be found in woodlands and grasslands spanning from central to western Africa.

Below are chimpanzee destinations in Uganda:

  1. Kibale National park – Kibale National Park stands 1,590m above sea level. The lowest point is 1,100m on the floor of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south. 351 tree species have been recorded in Kibale National Park, some rise to over 55m and are over 200 years old. Kibale’s varied altitude supports different types of habitat, ranging from wet tropical forest on the Fort Portal plateau to woodland and savanna on the rift valley floor. Kibale is one of Africa’s foremost research sites. While many researchers focus on the chimpanzees and other primates found in the park, others are investigating Kibale’s ecosystems, wild pigs and fish species, among other topics.

Currently, Kibale National park offers Gorilla trekking at US$200 per person and chimpanzee Habituation at US$220 per person.

  1. Budongo Forest – Situated in northwest Uganda from Kampala city. Budongo forest is believed to be along the way to Murchison Falls National park. And it’s on the escarpment northeast of Lake Albert. It is known for its former abundance of East African mahogany trees as well as being home to a population of chimpanzees.

Today, the cost of chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest cost us$ 80 per person and Chimpanzee habituation at US$160 per person.

  1. Kyambura Gorge – Its situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park (the second largest National Park in Uganda). Kyambura is located on north-eastern side of QENP, approximately 30 km from QENP Headquarters. Kyambura Gorge spans a distance of 11 km and links to the Kazinga Channel, which forms the northern boundary of the reserve. Village and plantations lie to the south. The cost f chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge is US$50 per person and among the cheapest.
  1. Kalinzu forest – Its part of Queen Elizabeth National park and famous for chimpanzee trekking with over 300 individual chimpanzees and a bout 40 chimpanzees were habituated by Japanese researchers some few years back. The cost of Chimpanzee trekking in kalinzu Forest is US$40 per person and no park entry fees required.
  1. Ngamba island – It’s situated in Lake Victoria and one of the most popular Islands in Uganda. Ngamba Island is known for hosting orphaned chimpanzees captured from different parts of Uganda. The Island can be reached by water from Entebbe water front beach and Air from Kajjansi or Entebbe Airport. Over 49 chimpanzees living in a sanctuary setting where they have 95 acres of forest to roam every day. See how much food they eat, meet the team who care for them and watch chimpanzee social behavior up close from a viewing platform that overlooks the forest. The cost of chimpanzee trip: 1 Person $326. 2 Persons $168 each. 3 Persons $118 each.
  1. Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education centre (UWEC) – Formerly called “Entebbe Zoo”, UWEC was opened in 1952, by the Colonial Government in Uganda, as a reception centre for wild animals that were found as casualties. Among the primate there include chimpanzees- the orphaned ones which were rescued from the hostile human environment. The cost of chimpanzee up close at UWEC: Resident: $15. Non-East African: $35.

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See Tree Climbing Lions on a Uganda Safari

Have you ever heard about the tree climbing lions of Africa? It is relatively rare for lions to climb trees. As they generally populate areas where trees are sparse, it’s not a useful skill to have for hunting. However, on some occasions, lions can be seen climbing into trees and resting there and this is […]

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