Sipi falls tour 2024 : The Sipi falls are among the tourists attractions found in the eastern part of Uganda in the town of Kapchorwa. These falls area series of 3 waterfalls and the Sipi falls are found on Mount Elgon which is one of the mountains found in Uganda. The waterfalls are located about 55 kilometers from the town of Mbale and the falls are named after the Sipi river.

Activities to do during Sipi falls tours

Different activities take place during the Sipi falls tours and they include the following;

  • Waterfall tour

The waterfall tour involves visiting the three different waterfalls of Sipi or visiting just one of the falls which are at different heights.

 One of the waterfalls at Sipi is 85 meters, the second waterfall is 65 meters high and another waterfall is 100 meters high. The highest waterfall is the easiest to reach during tours around Sipi falls which can be done by foreigners and locals visiting Uganda.

There are rocks at the bottom of the Sipi falls and when the waterfalls hit the rocks, a mist is formed which can be felt when visiting the waterfalls. There are different routes used when hiking to get to the third waterfalls.

The second waterfall of the Sipi falls passes through the villages at the foothills of Mount Elgon, along the cliff walls and the caves at the bottom of the rocks.  There are different routes used when hiking to get to the third waterfalls.

The first waterfalls of Sipi are known as Ngasire disappear underground and reappear forming the second waterfalls. At the upper loop of the Sipi falls, tourists can enjoy views of the Sipi region.

  • Hiking

Tourists also take part in hiking during their tours around the Sipi falls and these hikes go to the bottom of the waterfalls and also to the top where tourists can view them.

The hikes on Sipi falls also offer a chance for tourists to interact with the locals. When hiking the Sipi Falls, tourists pass through local farms, hills, valleys. The distance of the hike on Sipi falls is about 7 to 8 kilometers.

The duration of the Sipi falls hike is about 4 hours and the tour is accompanied by local guides. Walking sticks are provided during the activity. For hikers planning on climbing Mount Elgon, they can start with the Sipi falls hike and then progress to the Mount Elgon hike.

Tourists during their Sipi falls tour can also enjoy the amazing landscape views as they hike to see the falls. The landscape around the falls consists of rugged cliff, valleys and the plateau can also be seen from the top of the Sipi falls.

  • Abseiling

Abseiling is among the adventurous activities that tourists take engage in when visiting the Sipi falls. This activity starts with a short briefing at the top of the waterfall.

 The protective gear for the abseiling experience is provided for the tourists before starting to descend on a rope and then hanging the body and being suspended from the rope to the bottom of the Sipi falls. The activity can be done at the waterfalls with a guide who instructs the tourists on what to do.

Sipi falls tour 2024
Abseiling in sipi falls
  • Coffee tour

Tourists visiting the Sipi falls can also take part in the coffee tours with the local farmers who grow Arabica coffee.

During the coffee tour, tourists are taken through different processes including coffee planting, coffee harvesting, drying of the coffee, grinding of the coffee and also how coffee is brewed the local way. After the coffee tour, tourists can also enjoy a cup of coffee.

The coffee tour also provides insight into the history of coffee growing in the Sipi falls area and tourists can also purchase some of the packaged coffee.

  • Swimming

Another activity to do during the Sipi falls tour is swimming which can be done at the bottom of the waterfalls.

  • Sunset and sunrise walks

Tourists visiting the Sipi falls can also engage in sunrise walks or sunset walks with their local guides to enjoy the amazing view of the area.

The sunset walks around the Sipi falls area are done at the plateau where tourists can view the plains of Karamoja, Mount Elgon and also the waterfalls while watching the sunset.

  • Bird watching

Bird watching is another activity which is done during the Sipi falls tour and the area has over 450 bird species.

Some of the bird species which can be seen around the Sipi falls include Black-collared Apalis, Jackson’s Francolins, African Blue Flycatcher, Black Shouldered Shrike, African Goshawk among others.

  • Cave visits

Tourists visiting Sipi falls can also visit the Mise cave where they can also enjoy views of the waterfalls.

Cost of Sipi falls tour

The cost of the waterfall tour at the Sipi falls is about 15 USD for foreigners and 35,000 Uganda shillings for East Africans.

Abseiling at the Sipi falls costs 50 USD for foreigners and 150,000 Uganda shillings for Ugandans.

The coffee tour experience at the Sipi falls costs 15 USD for foreigners and 35,000 Uganda shillings for Ugandans.

The sunset walk experience costs 6 USD to 10 USD for foreigners and Ugandans are charged15, 000 Uganda shillings for the activity.

The bird watching experience in the Sipi falls area costs 30 USD per person for foreigners and Ugandans are charged a fee of 70,000 Uganda shillings for the activity.

Where to stay around Sipi falls tour 2024

There are different places to stay during the Sipi falls tour 2024 and they include budget lodges, midrange lodges and luxury lodges.

Some of the lodges found in the Sipi falls area include Sipi falls lodge, Sipi valley resort, Sipi guesthouse, Rafiki lodge Sipi, Sipi heritage lodge, Mise cave lodge, Lacam lodge, Noah’s Ark hotel, Crowns nest rest camp, Moses campsite, Home of friends, Larry’s home stay among others.

How to get to Sipi falls

The Sipi falls can be accessed by driving for about 6 hours using the eastern route via the Kampala-Jinja-Mbale-Kapchorwa route.

The Sipi falls can be accessed using public transport and also private means of transport.

 

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