1 Day Sipi Falls Hike - Mount Elgon Slopes Uganda
Kampala 1-Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike is an affordable and safe, guided Uganda hiking tour to Sipi falls located on the foothills of Mountain Elgon just at the edge of Mount Elgon National Park and around 270 km from Kampala. The Falls are located in the Eastern part of Uganda (in the Kapchorwa district) near Mbale and close to the Kenyan border. Sipi Falls (elevation of 1,775 metres) is a spectacular series of waterfalls located in Mbale roughly 5 hours by road from Kampala.
Our trip takes us to Kapchorwa where you reach the base of the Sipi falls, and hike with knowledgeable guides as you explore the 3 falls. This area is majorly where most hikes to Mt. Elgon begin. When you reach the top, the second-highest of the Sipi Falls comes first. It plunges 85 metres before concluding in a spectacular splash. The next fall is the smallest, at 65 metres. The last fall is the tallest at 100 metres. The second of the Sipi Falls is the highest, with a magnificent drop of 85 metres. Following this is the smallest fall, dropping 65 metres. Finally, the grandest and tallest plunge is the last at a lofty 100 metres.
Hiking up to these falls gives a beautiful scenic view, of Lake Kyoga, the Karamoja lowlands, coffee plantations, and other surrounding areas. The hike covers about 7 km and could take nearly 4 hours but of course, depending on one’s pace and ability. Our 1 Day Sipi Falls hike tours offer an exciting challenge as well as breathtaking views that cannot be found anywhere else in Africa.
1-Day Tour Sipi Falls hike is a full-day trip to the Sipi Falls which lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park, near the Kenyan border. Sipi Falls is a series of three tall waterfalls all plunging along the lower slopes of Mt Elgon in Eastern Uganda.
The area around Sipi offers a breathtaking moment with a cool environment mostly with fresh air coming down from Mountain Elgon. Sipi falls area also offers most of the Mt.Elgon climbing and hiking starting points with the most popular route of Budadiri which follows the Sasa trail to the summit and descends back down to the Sipi trail of Sipi falls.
The main waterfall is about 100 meters high and is visible from numerous positions. The next falls upstream are said to be 75m tall. This one consists of some upper cascades before making its plunge. You can walk to a tiny cave right behind this waterfall. The uppermost waterfall is 85m tall. It’s a long way from the 2nd fall to this one.
Other adventure activities around Sipi waterfalls include Sipi rock climbing around the region of Mountain Elgon, Nature walks, birding, and mountain biking. There are also cultural visits around the Bagisu people in the region who are mainly farmers mainly producing Arabic Coffee which is also the main cash crop.
Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike Itinerary
0600 Hours: Enjoy an early breakfast followed by a pickup from your hotel or residence for the start of the Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike. Sipi Falls is located in the Kapchorwa district located about 235 km away. Our driver-guide will give you a briefing of the day’s events as you drive along.
The drive into Sipi Falls is stunning, with views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mount Elgon. You will pass Jinja, Iganga and Mbale towns to Sipi region in Kapchorwa district. En route expects sighting of the Mabira rainforest, the vast sugarcane and tea plantations of Lugazi, and the mighty river Nile in Jinja.
The journey is likely to take you approximately 5 hours.
1030 Hours: Upon arrival and after a brief relaxation, you get a local guide to lead the hike, starting with the top‐most waterfall, and descending down to the bottom waterfall which is also the main Sipi Waterfall. The waterfalls measure 85 meters, 75 meters and 100 meters respectively.
The trek follows a well-maintained network of trails, going through pleasant countryside with great views of the scenery in all directions. There are some steep points that may require a bit of muscle to climb and it gets even more challenging on rainy a day with all the mud and getting slippery.
The hike covers about 7 kilometers and could take nearly 4 hours depending on one’s pace and walking fitness. Alternatively, you can choose to leave out one of the waterfalls when you feel the fatigue is unbearable. All this walking takes you through the community with great views of the hilly farming areas around.
1430 Hours: Enjoy your picnic lunch at the bottom of the falls or to one of the accommodations overlooking the main waterfalls (Sipi River lodge, Lacam Lodge or Moses Camp)
1530 Hours: Return back to the lodge then drive back to Kampala arriving late evening depending on the traffic (latest 2030 Hours).
Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike Prices
Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike Rates Includes:
Tea/ Coffee and Picnic Lunch + Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike + Pick-up from your hotel in Kampala and drop-off to your hotel + All park entry fees, service charge, and taxes where applicable & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in the African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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* Kindly bring along the following items: Sunglasses, rain jackets, a cap/ safari hat, at least 2-liters of water, light clothes on your back pack and a camera with enough charge to last you a full day.
Kampala 1 Day Tour Sipi Falls Mount Elgon Hike Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)