The Sipi falls that comprises of the 3 waterfalls each flowing at a different altitude is situated in the foothills of Mountain Elgon, East of Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Mbale and Sironko approximately 277km from Kampala.
Sipi as a name was inferred from the word ‘sep’ which is a name of a wild banana the indigenous plant that grows along the banks of the Sipi River. The falls are arguably the most beautiful waterfalls of which its highest fall drops form an altitude of 100m and it’s the main waterfall among the 3 waterfalls.
Hiking the Sipi falls gives you a beautiful scenic view of the surrounding areas like the Karamoja plains, coffee plantations, slopes on Mountain Elgon, Lake Kyoga, and many more. The Sipi region in most cases is the starting point for majority of the hikes to Mountain Elgon. It’s well worth to spare time and visit this peacefully magnificent place that lets you enjoy some of the excellent walks in the area, including the show stopping descent to the bottom of the falls.
Accommodations options around Sipi region.
The sipi region is surrounded with different accommodation facilities of which some are luxurious, mid-range and budgeted. Travellers should not have worries of where to stay and also campsite are also available for those interested in camping. Below are some of the hotels;
- Sipi River lodge
- Sipi Falls resort
- Lacam Lodge
- Noah’s Ark Hotels
- Crowns Nest Rest Camp
How to get to Sipi
By road: From Kampala drive for approximately 5 hours for about 277km East of Uganda via the outskirts of Jinja town. Continue through Mbale as you approach Kapchorwa, you will be able to see the magnificent vegetation along the sipi area on the edge of Mountain Elgon national park near the Kenyan border.
Things to do when you visit the sipi falls
- Hiking trails
- Abseiling & Rock climbing
- Visiting of the Sipi River
- Cultural encounters
- Visiting the coffee plantation
- Bird watching
- Mountain Biking