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Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale. The waterfalls lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border.

Sipi region is a starting point for many mount Elgon expeditions. The most popular route starts in Budadiri and follows the Sasa trail to the summit and then descends the Sipi trail back into the Sipi Falls. Sipi falls hike takes you through a series of 3 waterfalls and you shall be met by beautiful views of the falls, some fitness level will be required. Hikes around the falls offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon.

Being around mount Elgon comes with a variety of activities to the mainstream river activities in and around Jinja. Rob’s Rolling Rock, a local outfit trained by Italian climbers offers abseiling along the side of the main 100m Sipi waterfall as well as climbing on 14 bolted sport routes with a range of difficulty. Other activities include hiking around the local area and visiting the local waterfalls.

The Sipi River is named after the ‘Sep’, a plant indigenous on the banks of the River. Resembling a type of wild banana, Sep is a medicinal plant, the translucent green frond with a bolt of crimson rib is used for treating measles and fever.

Pick and roast your own coffee

The Sipi Falls area is particularly famous for locally grown Bugisu Arabica coffee. Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 metres. Coffee tours are organized through guides with knowledge of coffee farming, processing and roasting. Profits from this go towards community projects.

While on coffee tours around Sipi, tourists get a chance to visit the coffee plantations and learn about how coffee is grown, how long it takes to mature and the harvesting process. From the farms move to the community where the harvested coffee is dried and then later roasted. Finally, the brewing process and then coffee is served. How exciting it is to take fresh coffee! you pick the coffee, roast it, pound and then brew.