Kalagala Falls are a spending sight, and presently the most striking falls on Lake Victoria where the mighty River Nile has its source. The falls stand as one the greatest wonder on the Africa’s longest river, the Nile. They are strategically located in Kayunga district, Kangulumira Sub County in Kalagala village. The district lies in Central Uganda and was curved off from Mukono in 2000 and today, it consists of Ntenjeru and Bbaale and lies approximately 74 kilometers North East of Kampala city on a tarmac high way. If you are taking a Uganda safari, please visit Kalagala falls.
What is more interesting about Kalagala falls
The sound of the water as you approach is too falls is too interesting. When you stand approximately 4 meters away from the falls, you will have to appreciate and enjoy nature providing you opportunity for participate in photography, scenic viewing and leisure
On the western side of the falls, there is the Spirit tree which has a back cloth on the entrance. There are also 2 spears which appear on the entrance and is an important cultural place among the Buganda People of western Uganda. If you wish to enter this place, you have to remove your shoes and this shows respect to the spirits at this place.
Today, Kalagala falls are popular to excursionists and the falls have been identified as a national project for development into a modern nature-based tourism centre. The falls provide forest walks and a number of avian species have been identified at the site including blue headed weavers, herons and Sand birds. Bird watching takes place at the place
The falls are a spending sight and presently the most striking falls on Lake Victoria where the mighty river has its source. When you are the falls, at some point the falls are so beautiful that water will be sprinkling off onto your face where you will see scenic falls from the land. From the heaven on the gigantic Victoria, you will have visible sights of the splashy falls. There are sport activities which will take trips within the falls. These include Kayaking and white water rafting. White water sports take place around this place mainly on rivers with falls and rapids. There are small boats at the falls thus providing boat rides in the area. White water rafting also takes place in the area
It is not just the falls you will be watching but also there are those who do not belong to the group of the faint-hearted- the rafters-so the daring, sporty adventurers will take trips within the falls as they go water rafting, skilfully propelling themselves in their boats sometimes with a bit of show-off for the benefit of viewers.
Apart from sightseeing, you will also participate in interesting activities like white water rafting, kayaking, sport fishing. All these activities will be participated in this beautiful place. The most interesting thing you will experience when you reach these falls is the sound of the falls. This will be heard even though you are as far as 400 meters away from the falls. This interesting sound will usher into the vicinity interesting enough to appreciate what the wonder one would anticipate while in this place.
The sound of Kalagala falls are punctuated by another soothing sound of the many bird species which are found in the area. The sound of the bird will be heard as you are passing them, when you are heading to the falls. The notable bird species at the site include; herons, sand birds and the blue headed weavers. The spirits tree at Kalagala falls is very interesting. When you are at the Island found at Kalagala, you will see several of these trees at the site though all of them will be viewed as just normal trees until you will be attracted to have a look at one of them. Of course when you get attracted to one species of tree at Kalagala, you will be definitely puzzled so much because you will need to take a few steps next to the selected tree species to look at.
When you are on the western side of these falls, there is a spirit tree with a backcloth. This is very interesting for you to have a look at. There are two spears that are seen on the entrance with a fire place and this is locally known as “ekyoto”and is loosely translated as a fire place. This is a very important cultural place among the Buganda people and the Buganda tradition as a culture. You will be told to remove your shoes while you are in this place. This is because it will be done in respect of the spirits which are found in this place. After you have removed your shoes when you are barefooted, you will view spectacular rocks which are referred to as Nalongo and Ssalongo.
After you have viewed Nalongo and Ssalongo, a spectacular experience which of course come your way out of the place because you have to trek this in 4 metre tunnel like structure. There is a believe that the local spirits do harbor the tunnel and these things were not created there. These spirits are believed to be placed by people who were supreme over them. When you visit this place, you will have to put money called “amakula” in a small basket which permanently is found at the entrance. This basket is called “ebigali” in the local language. When you are putting money in this basket, you are supposed to ask the gods for anything you will wish to happen in your life and whatever you ask for, it is believed that it will be granted to you by the gods in abundance.
For those who wish to participate in fishing, the waters on the east bank of the Nile are great venues for sport fishing and while here, you will see people lining up and doing this activity and it will be good for your relaxation at your time of convenience.
You will participate in kayaking. This activity will take place along the rapid waterfalls therefore, you cannot imagine to miss this out. When you are participating, viewing among the wonderful experiences, you need to be trained with relevant skills.
You will also participate in white water rafting, an activity which is related to kayaking. It will be a very remarkable experience to be accommodated at this place. To reach the site, branch off from Kangulumira Town via the sub county headquarters to Kalagala village. You will view these falls from different locations, for example; you can view the falls from the Buganda Cultural site, or from the Community managed site or from the Wild waters site. Kalagala Waterfall in Kayunga District as viewed from different locations.
However, more could be done to develop this part of the Nile with some initiatives like water sports on both the lake and the Nile. Even then, it is rare to see local tourists who will go rafting. Many Ugandans have fear for water and as such, limit their adventure to seeing these daredevil water gymnastics on pages of magazines or on television, in the comfort of their offices or at home.