Leave Kampala and travel east over the Nile River, then through the major rice lands of Uganda to the foothills of the extinct volcano, Mt Elgon. Spend the night in the shadow of the mountain and wake up to the sounds of River Sipi. Take a hike along river, explore the three falls that up the Sipi Falls and get to visit the communities. End the day with breathtaking views of the mountains and the plains.
– Source of the Nile
– Source of the Nile Bridge
– Hike the Sipi waterfalls.
– Cultural experience in the community.
– For an adrenaline shot climb the rocks or abseil against the falls.
Day 1 – Travel to Mt Elgon and Sipi Falls east of Kampala.
Day 2 – Hike the Sipi Falls.
Day 3 – Drive to Jinja visit the Source of the Nile, and Bridge.
You will set off early from Kampala driving east into the sunrise and through the Mabira. This is the largest rain forest feeding Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water body. This forest is a water catchment area that feeds the Nile the longest river on earth. The Mabira rain forest is erroneously called Mabira Forest – “Mabira” means forest in the Luganda language.
From Mabira you will cross the Nile and go farther east through the rice lands until you get to the foothills of Mt. Elgon, an extinct volcano. You are now in the home of Sipi Falls a combination of three falls that flow from the highlands to the plains below.
After lunch, your guide will take you on a cultural experience with the communities in this area. Elgon is the home of the famed Arabic coffee – a strong flavored coffee that only grows in highland areas. This is an opportunity to experience coffee from garden to cup! At the end of the day, sip a coffee as you enjoy the sunset and amazing views.
Wake up to a variety of bird songs, village sounds over the valleys and brisk fresh mountain air. This morning you will go on a three hour hike along River Sipi giving you a great opportunity to explore the three waterfalls.
You must come along with your camera. The variety of birdlife, plants and of course the falls is great for both sighting and photography. For birders, you are in good company- Elgon has over 300 recorded bird species. So ensure you come along with your binoculars for a birding galore.
Away from the quiet birding, adrenaline junkies can abseil down one of metres down the falls. If that is too much, then try out rock climbing. Wind the day with another beautiful sunset and hopefully a hot cup of Elgon’s Arabica coffee.
Start early and after breakfast head back to Kampala with the must stop in Jinja. This trip is not complete without the visit to the source of the world’s longest river, the Nile. Take a boat cruise to the point where the Nile leaves Lake Victoria. This is a double must visit. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest water body, and the second largest fresh water body in the world. And here is also the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river.
After the boat cruise, cross over the newly built Source of the Nile Bridge as you travel back to Kampala. This bridge is the 5th longest bridge in Africa. You should be in Kampala at dusk.
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