By Evelyn Masaba
Travelling through Uganda can be such an adventure. With the country’s awe-inspiring scenery, travellers to this magnificent country get a chance to view some of the most spectacular sights the East African region has to offer. Some of Uganda’s most jaw-dropping treasures include the several waterfalls you can find in different parts of the country.
Probably the most amazing waterfalls to view in Uganda, Sipi Falls are located in the northern and western sides of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, with cascading structures scattered all over the mountain and with each view more extraordinary than the other.
Sipi is divided into several waterfalls: the 50m high/7m wide Simu and Sisi Falls in Soronko and the Ngasire and the Simba that plunge 87 metres and 69 metres respectively into beautiful streams.
According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, there are other waterfalls on the mountain, including Sisiyi, Bulago and Wanale. All these waterfalls are located just a few kilometres from the Mbale highway and there are several hotels and lodgings within their vicinity.
The most famous to foreign visitors, Murchison Falls are another spectacular sight to behold, with the resounding roar through the rocks carved between Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga in the Albertine region on the White Nile. The 43m high and 7m wide waterfalls share their name with the Murchison Falls National Park, which is located in the northwestern part of Uganda. The water falls tumble into the Victoria Nile around the rocks and there are several bird species that live around this area, making it a generally good destination for both bird watchers and those interested in other water-related sporting activities. You can access the falls through the national park, which boasts several lodges within and outside.
Commonly known as Budhagali Falls by the Basoga in Jinja (the largest tribe in the area), this amazing natural wonder brings out nature’s beauty in Uganda. They might not be as high as they used to be before the construction of the Bujagali Dam, but these rapids are a sight to behold! They are located just a few kilometers from Jinja town off the Jinja-Kampala highway and are arguably the busiest in Uganda. On any given day, you will find a variety of activities taking place on the rapids, ranging from kayaking, white water rafting, bungee jumping, etc.
Located on the northern end of Lake Victoria along the Nile, the falls were previously believed to be the source of the Nile and were submerged after the completion of the Owen Falls Dam.
These sequences of rock formations from the Victoria Nile form a beautiful ripple of waters that create a white foam that is beguiling to observe. Karuma Falls are located between Masindi and Gulu districts and are connected by the Karuma bridge that was constructed in 1963. The location is worth a visit and, like the Bujagali Falls, is good for white water rafting and kayaking.
The falls were among the best waterfalls in the country for sight-seeing before they were submerged in 1954 when the Owen Falls Dam was completed. Today, they are heavy rapids on the White Nile that are located near Ripon Falls. Like other rapids in Uganda, Owne Falls are suitable for any regulated water sport such as kayaking.