Uganda is gifted with numerous natural waterfalls located in different corners of the country. Each waterfall is unique in its own kind offering a different thrilling experience and not surprising Mukono and her nearby districts is gifted with plenty of water bodies including a series of waterfalls that are truly spectacular demonstrated by their powerful rapids, beauty and turbulence.
Waterfalls in Uganda are some of the world’s most amazing, with beautiful, breath taking scenery. This confirms that this country is gifted by nature and so, the pearl of Africa. Uganda is surrounded by water bodies and most of them are characterized by waterfalls.
Ssamba Safaris’ water falls tours Uganda provide a refreshing experience for those who are passionate with nature and you will not be disappointed when you take a a water falls tours trip to Uganda with Ssamba Safaris.
The water falls tours in Uganda are are arranged throughout the year and this is what makes them unique but they are best seen during the Rainy season since during this time the water levels increase by a large margin. There are numerous waterfalls in the country and most of the waterfalls listed below are within reasonable distances from Mukono town and so day trips can easily be arranged.
Ssezibwa falls is located on the Ssezibwa River and it has quite an interesting story on how it came into existence. According to the Baganda, a woman who belonged to the Kibe clan gave birth to twins but one of the twins was not human, the other twin was a river. The woman known as Nakangu named the river Ssezibwa and that’s how it came into existence.
The Ssezibwa Falls are located in Mukono and about 25mins drive from Mukono town. From Buikwe the river flows northwards through Mukono into Lake Kyoga in Kayunga District. The water flows down the steep ridged stones for a height of about 7 meters.
The flow of the water down the steep ridged stones results in a magnificent sound of soothing water. The water falls are most spiritual and cultures centres for the native who flock to site in hundreds for blessings in the form of wealth, love, children, business and fortunes. The site is also believed to have healing power. The blessing ceremonies are performed by a traditional healer around the site.
The locals still believe the river inhabits the spirits and you will find shrines surrounding the falls where people visit to cleanse their bodies from bad omen. The waterfalls run over a few quartzite rocks before being separated into two which gives off a good view.
If you ask tour operators, ordinary Ugandans or frequent tourists to Uganda to mention the country’s top 10 waterfalls, you will be shocked that the Kalagala waterfalls won’t appear on that list, yet it’s one of the most beautiful and naturally endowed waterfalls in the country surpassing the popular ones like Bujagali Falls. Nonetheless, it’s after visiting the site that you will agree that it’s breathtaking and worthwhile.
The Kalagala falls are strategically located along the Victoria Nile in Kayunga district, Kangulumira Sub County in Kalagala village. The sound of the water as you approach the falls is too interesting. When you stand approximately 4 meters away from the falls, you will have to appreciate and enjoy nature providing you get opportunity for participate in photography, scenic viewing and leisure
From the wide Victoria Nile, you will have a glance of the splashy and thundering falls, but the site is not only about nature but mystical stories involving rocks, spirits and trees, hence the reason locals refer to the falls as Nalongo and Salongo.
The sound of the waterfalls and spray of water can be felt from several meters away from the site and this tells you have reached one of Uganda’s unexplored attractions, but the sounds of birds especially the weavers, sun-birds and herons will take your breath away. It’s not only that waterfalls that will bow your mind here but also the mysterious tree species which seem ordinary until you get closer to them. One of the outstanding trees is the backcloth tree.
The Kalagala water falls tours Uganda provide forest walks and a number of avian species have been identified at the site including blue headed weavers, herons and Sand birds, so birdwatching tour can be done here.
White water rafting and kayaking are also popular water sports around this place and boat cruises are also organized through samba Safaris.
Itanda falls are characterized by all the six whitewater rafting levels. It is the Paradise of Kayakers and Rafters and was once visited by Prince William of Great Britain, Itanda falls is one of the most spectacular and beautiful hidden treasure of Uganda.
Itanda water falls is a steep cascade roaring waterfall on the majestic River Nile the longest river in the world, the water is estimated at 100 meters deep. Whirlpools can drag one down 50 metres, according to journals kept by rafters, before letting go. Sharp rocks and the rocket-like current can trap even the most experienced.
The falls are located in a serene place which is only 27 kilometers from Jinja town and it is rarely visited by tourists making it maintain its natural beauty. As with many other falls in Uganda, this place is also considered to be a sacred place by the local people who pray to get healing and blessings.
Itanda falls is a place of thrilling experiences that cannot be avoided. Upon reaching here, it turns one into a preacher of how beautiful Uganda is. With violent, powerful rapids on the flowing falls, this is where kayakers and white water rafting is fully carried out at a very affordable cost.
Itanda falls is still an unspoilt area, because not many tourists visit it, because not many have heard of it, and very few tour operators like Ssamba Safaris have it in the packages they offer. It is not that easy to access. But once you get there, you will be so awed by the power and beauty of these falls that you will not only want to come back, but will tell someone else about it.
Located in Eastern Uganda in Kapchorwa district, Sipi falls take the award for being the most beautiful falls in Uganda. A visit to the falls gives you a chance to climb the Elgon Mountain on which the falls Cascade down onto. The Sipi falls give you a chance to view the surrounding areas at a high peak and enjoy the view of the place and Eastern Uganda.
The water falls are in a scattered series of beautiful cascading structures scattered distances all over the mountain. The water falls are a series of beautiful waterfalls formed by the Sipi River on the slopes of Mount Elgon. The major water falls in Sipi are Simu, Sisi, Ngasire and Simba falls. There are other waterfalls on the mountain; Sisiyi, Bulago and Wanale. It is located 60km from Mbale Town on the Kapchorwa Road and 295 km from Kampala. The area the falls is famous for locally grown Bugisu Arabica coffee.
It is worth putting everything on hold to visit this water attraction which has Uganda’s highest waterfall, dropping from an altitude of 100m. Sipi Falls sits at the foothills of Mt Elgon-Uganda’s second highest mountain and the 4th highest peak in Africa shared between Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya.
In total, Sipi Falls is made up of three breath-taking falls that flow into each other before cascading into the valley to create very colourful rainbows. Sipi Falls is not that thunderous compared to Niagara Falls, but it is pleasant and relaxing. It is also visible from numerous positions around an amphitheater with views downhill towards the valley below with Mbale in the distance.
Griffin Falls is conveniently located in Mabira rainforest just 10 km off the highway between Kampala and Jinja. After an amazing experience in the Mabira forest, you can feel good about where your money ends up because all the profits from Griffin Falls Camp are put into sustainable development projects in the villages in and around Mabira Forest.
During your visit to Griffin Falls, you can also get involved in activities like:
Forest Canopy – Super Skyway Zip-lining: This is the only Zip-Line above the tree-tops in East Africa and you can do so in Mabira Forest at a most reasonable Price. The equipment meets all safety standard and was brought in from the USA b y a Peace Corps Volunteer who put the program together and trained Ugandans in safety as visitors zip-line above the tree-tops in the Rainforest. The activity can be done from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 6pm,
Uganda Mangabey Monkey Trekking: The Uganda Mangabey Monkey a rare species of monkeys only found in Mabira Rainforest and in a few other locations in the country as well in a small area of bordering Tanzania. There are 3 habituated groups inside of the Park and they can easily be tracked with guides who were a part of the habituation Process. Other monkeys like the red-tailed monkeys, birds, butterflies, flowering plants, and ancient trees that have been here for centuries.
Birding: Mabira forest is home to 315 species of birds including some rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes. You can spot 46% of Uganda’s forest birds in Mabira Rainforest, that is lot more than any other forest in Uganda.
Nature Walks: You can go on Nature Walks without guides here, however for the best experience in the forest we recommend that you use the resident guides that can give you the best forest experience. Forest walks for any fitness level can be done here including children on a family safari with us, from a long and adventurous trek into the back country to a gentle meandering stroll through our well maintained trails.
Mountain Biking: The mostly well-maintained trails are also a great place for mountain bikers to blazed through the Forest. One can even venture beyond the forest into the communities. Mountain Bikes can be rented at Ssamba Safaris.