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Sipi Falls, a Paradise in Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda

2 Days Sipi Falls Adventure

A Paradise in Eastern Uganda

Sipi Fallls in Kapchorwa with breathtaking views.

Are you an adventure lover looking for breathtaking views and adrenaline-pumping activities? Sipi Falls in Kapchorwa district, Eastern Uganda is the destination.

Sebei sub-region is home to Uganda’s Olympic Gold medalists which makes it the ultimate stop for you!

Olympic Gold medalists

  • Joshua Cheptegei
  • Steven Kiprotich
  • Peruth Chemutai

Located on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park, this three-tiered waterfall drops from a height of 80 meters amidst lush green hillsides.

As a result, the cascading water offers an eye-catching spectacle as it splits into multiple streams creating rainbows against the bright blue skies.

Sipi Falls
The magnificent Sipi Falls, Kapchora, Eastern Uganda (Photo by William Cheptoek)

How to get to Sipi falls

The falls can be accessed by road via Mukono-Jinja road to Iganga town where you will have two options to consider.

One, the Tirinyi-Mbale which is the shortest and direct route to Mbale via Busembatia.

Two, the longer Bugiri-Mbale route via Tororo town. It offers scenic views.

  • Baboons at Busitema University.
  • Tororo rock.
  • Osukuru hills.

Then upon arrival in Mbale City, stay on Soroti-Kumi road and branch off to Sironko-Kapchorwa-Kween road around Islamic University in Uganda.

The entire distance is approximately 264 km and takes about 4-5 hours to drive from the capital Kampala, the business and administrative city of Uganda.

For your information, a traveler can use public transportation from Kampala and costs about Uganda Shillings 30,000 or hire a saloon car at about Uganda Shillings 150,000 per day depending on the car rental company.

Things to do at Sipi Falls

Available activities

Upon arrival at Sipi, brace yourself for some exhilarating experiences! Adventure junkies will have plenty to do here including;

  • Abseiling down the cliff edges or rock climbing
  • Hiking all the 3 waterfalls
  • Coffee walk/experience
  • Sebei cultural experiences
  • Cave adventures
  • Sunset walks
  • Nature walks
  • Nature Photography

Recommendations

  • Be in the company of professional guides who will give you the best experience.
  • Physical body fitness.
  • Have the right protective gear like hiking boots, sunglasses, walking sticks etc.
  • Carry a camera to aid you in photography.
  • Take a sunset stroll through vast hills.

Furthermore, immersing yourself in scenic beauty offered by the evergreen surroundings with cool refreshing breezes will truly reboot you.

For independent travelers, we recommend William Cheptoek, a very professional guide and CEO of Discover Sipi

Safety always comes first and all outdoor trips require;

  • Necessary safety equipment.
  • Thorough pre-trip briefing is key.

Less energy draining activities

  • Opportunity to unwind and soak in naturally beautiful serene atmosphere.
  • Take part in coffee processing locally and planting.
  • Enjoy traditional entertainment by the Sebei people.

Other Nearby Attractions at Sipi Falls

  • Exploring nearby Karamoja sub-region plus its cultural festivals
  • Touring hotspots like Pian Upe Game Reserve and the wild Kidepo Valley National Park.
  • En-route to Moroto there is Sisiyi falls located in Bulambuli district.
  • A stone throw away is Lake Kyoga.
  • Mout Elgon National Park.
  • Mount Elgon suitable for mountain hikers.
  • Bugisu cultural experiences.
  • Arabica Coffee tours for coffee lovers respectively.

What to expect at Sipi Falls

Interestingly, Sipi is not just a pretty waterfall-side getaway, Kapchorwa boasts over stretching countryside landscapes with rolling hills by veiled mist.

Not forgetting countryside scenes speckled by agricultural establishments extending towards distant horizon give therapeutic poetic tranquil moments.

In conclusion, a holiday safari in East Africa is incomplete without visiting Sipi Falls-Kapchorwa.

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