Activities To do in Sipi Falls.
A visit to the Sipi Falls is one of top things to do while on a Uganda safari trip. And there are a number of activities to do during your visit to Sipi Falls that include.
Mount Elgon Hiking
Sipi Falls is one of the main starting points for hikers and mountain climbers who are interested in hiking mountain Elgon. Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano in the Eastern region of Uganda with its highest peak known as Wagagai.
Mount Elgon is the second largest volcanic mountain in the world, with the largest surface area is shared by Uganda and Kenya. Enjoy the scenic views on the high altitudes of Mount Elgon.
Abseiling and Rock Climbing
Abseiling is a thrilling activity of climbing down steep rocks or slopes with a firm device fastened around your lower body. The Sipi Falls is the best place for abseiling and rock climbing.
Abseiling is an awe-inspiring activity that holds unforgettable experiences on the heart.
Abseiling at the Sipi Falls
Coffee plantation tours
The Bagisu is the dominant tribe living in the area and they are well known for growing the Bugisu Arabica coffee. The Bugisu Arabica coffee only thrives in higher altitudes and its highly favoured by the slopes of Mount Elgon which receive adequate amounts of rainfall and have fertile volcanic soils.
Arabica coffee is the major economic activity and also the major income generator for the local people in the area.
This coffee tour is arranged to learn from one of the local farmers how the Bugisu Arabica coffee is grown and processed.
While with the farmers, you will be taken to see and pick some of the coffee berries, remove the shells, grind, roast and finally come up with fine coffee ready to be taken.
While touring the coffee farms you get to learn about the entire supply chain including farmers, processors, roasters and exporters.
Mountain Biking is another thrilling activity to do during a Sipi Falls tour where you get to discover the local neighbourhood while stunning at the awe-inspiring scenery around on mountain bikes.
The area is challengingly hilly and hence a mountain bike with functioning gears can facilitate you through the steep areas with ease.
Mountain Biking at Sipi Falls
Uganda is one the best birding destinations in the world and the Mount Elgon region habors over 274 species. Bird watching tours can be arranged within the Sipi area and it can also be set as a starting point for a more remarkable birding safari experience in the Mount Elgon National Park.
Get to encounter different bird species including the black-collared Apalis, Jacksons Francolin, Lammergeyer, Black-shouldered Kite, and Tacazze sunbird among others.
The Sipi Falls also offer close encounters with the two local tribes that live in the area namely the Bagisu and Sabiny. During your Sipi Falls tour, you can also partake in cultural visits to experience the local indigenous culture of one of these tribes.
The Sebei and Bugisu culture of circumcision is one of the cultural traditions to encounter in the region during certain times of the year.
Sipi River Encounter
The Sipi Falls encounter is not the only thrilling activity to do in the area, but also from visiting the Sipi River is another lifetime scenic encounter to view lush vegetation including the ‘Sep plant’ which is where the name “Sipi” was derived from.
This ‘Sep’ plant is however said to be a medicine to diseases such as measles and fevers. Partake in a walk along the Sipi river which is characterised with beautiful scenery.