2 days Sipi falls hiking tour with visiting Jinja, Mabira forest, Sezibwa falls

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This 2 day tour to eastern Uganda offers a wonderful hiking adventure at the beautiful Sipi Falls on the edge of Mt Elgon, in addition to visiting some remarkable attractions along the way including the Sezibwa Falls, Mabira rainforest and the Source of the River Nile in Jinja.

If you are the adventurous kind and are looking to go away from Kampala for a short tour of adventure, eastern Uganda, popularly referred to as the “adventure capital of east Africa”, offers an array of activities and experiences, and this 2 day trip is the best option for you!

The 2 days sipi falls hiking and jinja tour itinerary:

Day 1: From Kampala we drive to eastern Uganda, visiting Sezibwa Falls, Mbaira rainforest and Source of the Nile in Jinja

sezibwa fallsPick-up is at exactly 7.00am so that you avoid the morning traffic jam in the city and be able to do all the day’s activities in time without rushing. Drive out of the city heading eastwards along the Kampala – Jinja highway, and after roughly 45 minutes you shall reach the turn-off to the Sezibwa Falls. Upon arrival to the site, you are welcomed by a site guide that will take you on a 1-hire trek around. The grounds are very serene and cool, and the atmosphere is filled with the singing of birds. Enjoy the crystal-clear waterfalls, and the surrounding lush green which has some wildlife such as monkeys, birds and beautiful butterflies. At this site you will also see shrines and other strange items which are used in traditional worship and this because the Sezibwa is also a cultural heritage site of Buganda. The guide will narrate interesting myths about the Sezibwa which traditionalists believe in and bring them here for traditional activities.

From Sezibwa return to the road and after a short drive of about 20 minutes you will get to Mabira rainforest. Transfer to the visitors’ reception center, meet a site guide and set off for a 2-hour trek into the forest, following a network of well maintained trails under the cool canopies. Mabira is the largest forest in central Uganda spanning 306 square kilometers. It supports plenty of life including 312 species of trees and shrubs, of some have been found to be unique to the forest. There are over 316 species of birds, 219 moths and 35 species of small animals such as Duikers, Bushbuck, Squirrels, Red-tailed Monkeys, and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys.

When you get back from the forest, return to the road and drive to Jinja, have lunch in town and thereafter transfer to the Nile for a one hour boat ride to the Source of the Nile and Lake Victoria. Visit the exact spot where 30% of the water which makes the Nile bubbles up from underground before mixing with the flow from Lake Victoria to flow northwards.  Explore the beautiful sights across the lake and the adjacent peninsula, and also see plenty of water birds such as Herons, Pelicans, Kingfishers, Egrets and more.

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Return and travel to Mbale town, arriving in the evening. Check in at your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Journey time – Kampala to Jinja: 2 hours

Journey time – Jinja to Mbale town: 2 hours

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mbale Resort Hotel (upmarket), Casa Del Turista Mbale (budget)

Day 2: Sipi Falls hike and drive back to Kampala

hiking sipi falls ugandaAfter breakfast transfer to Sipi, meet a local guide and start off the hike to visit all the three waterfalls. You follow a trail 7 to 8km long that goes through the local communities and their farmlands of tea and banana plantations, which are the main crops grown in this area. Between visiting each waterfall you are treated to breathtaking landscape scenery, from the green slopes of Mountain Elgon to the distant flat plains of Karamoja in the distance. Each waterfall offers an experience different from another, from the plunge, beautiful views, caves, to rainbows. The entire hike will take from 3 to 4 hours, visiting the first waterfall from the top and descending down to the second and finally to the third at the end of the trail which is the biggest and main one. It is has a large whirlpool which you can dive in for a swim in the cold water.

At the end of the fun, you will have lunch in Sipi after which you travel back to Kampala arriving in the evening.

Journey time – Mbale to Sipi: 1 hour

Journey time – Sipi – Kampala: 5 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

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