3 DAYS MOUNT ELGON (Sipi Falls)

 

Bordering eastern Uganda and western Kenya, Mt Elgon stands at 4,321 metres, with stunning scenery of wooded slopes, caves, gorges, waterfalls and hot springs. Also found here are birds, Elephant, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Duiker and tree hydrax. The cultural makeup in this area offers an interesting form of eco-tourism especially in the “even” years when the locals come out and perform all year round street carnivals, which climax in circumcision for the youngsters. A climb to the peak of mount Elgon would be joyous.

 

This trip may be combined with a visit to the majestic Sipi falls, which are about 66km north of Mbale town. The three waterfalls can be accessed by several walking trails. The forest exploration center, which is 13km from Sipi falls, may be accessed by road or by walking for about 1hr 30 minutes. There are a variety of pleasant campsites and lodge facilities available like the crow’s nest, Sipi resort and Moses’ camp.

 

Day 1.

Pick up from your hotel or residence at 7.00am for Sipi Falls on the slope of Mount Elgon. Drive through Mabira forest and past vast sugar cane and tea plantations, visiting the source of the Nile in Jinja enroute. Arrive in time for a late lunch.

 

Rest of the day at leisure at Sipi Falls rest camp. Dinner and overnight at Sipi           Falls Rest Camp.

 

Day 2

After breakfast, an optional morning hike either on mount Elgon Forest Exploration Centre for guided walk or a ramble through the local Sabiny’s shambas returning in time for lunch. Later in the afternoon, take a gentle walk to the bottom of the falls and possibly walk up to the neighbouring Manyara Caves.

 

Dinner and overnight at Sipi Falls Rest Camp.

 

Day 3

After breakfast depart Sipi falls, with a snack packed lunch for the way.

Visit Bujjagali Falls, the well-known white water Rafting base, (optional extra; a     days white water rafting) and arriving back to Kampala in the evening.