|The Source of the Nile|
|The roads of Jinja|
The city of Jinja is attractive, with wide roads in between the green neighbourhoods and its more relaxed style is a relief after the chaos and dust of Kampala.You can stroll up and down the main commercial center and do a bit of souvenir shopping, and also visit the Source of the Nile site (there is an entrance fee). For some of the best coffee and free wifi, we recommend the Source of the Nile Cafe.
The place to stay is River Nile Explorers (NRE). They have actually a second backpackers which is situated a bit further away from the city, in the area of the Bujagali Falls. The good thing is that they organize a shuttle that can get you from one backpackers to another through the muddy tarmac road.
This side of the area provides a totally different experience focused on the activities that you can do in the river. Having no budget that could allow us to take part in activities, like boat rides and canoe, we found it spectacular to just watch the nature again as the weather changed so often.
.As we understood, the equatorial climate is rather wet than dry and rain was expected every afternoon in the form of storms with thunders and even hailstones! The force of the nature was impressive and the sight of the rain dropping on the trees and in the river was amazing.
The backpackers was built on the sloppy banks of the river allowing the visitors a wide view of it and of the vegetation surrounding it.
On our very last day there,our tent succumbed to the hard rain and eventually broke. Everything was wet yet we managed to save both the microphone and the camera charger that were left inside. It took us long time to pack everything and try to dry them due to the rain.That night we stayed at a dorm and the next day we were lucky enough to be able to leave in time before the rain.
|soaked and broken :(|
Our next destination was the village of Sipi which hosts the famous Sipi Falls.
The small village of Sipi stands at the base of Mount Elgon. Famous due to the beauty of the scenery, it caters for the tourists who visit the area to hike the magnificent Sipi Falls.
Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls that form as the mountain’s rivers plunge from massive cliffs often several kilometres in length.
|View of the waterfall in the right!!|
There are two options so that you can see the waterfalls from up close:
2)If you feel like taking the full tour you can pass by the official tour guide office and arrange a tour with the guide. Price is around 25000Ush but you can always negotiate!
The experience? Simply unforgettable. The hike takes you through muddy banana fields,houses and exotic plantation until the highest fall from which you start the descent.
|View of the valley from the top!|
|The third waterfall,Simba!|
|The second waterfall, viewed from within the cave!|
|The first and main 100m waterfall!|
The daily rain is everpresent but this should not dissuade you from experiencing this once in a lifetime sight!
Uganda was so beautiful!!
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