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Been to the Sipi Falls and we loved it ...
by Andy Small
I must confess, it was one of those wild goose chases we did after 2 weeks in Mombasa and a bit of kenya. We decided to give Uganda a try. We didn't have much information about where to go, we just wanted to see what Uganda looked like.
We hopped onto the bus and found ourselves in this little town of malaba on the border of Uganda and Kenya. We quickly crossed into Uganda, spoke to a few locals who recommended that we visit Sipi falls.
We took a taxi (not proper taxi, dala dala in kenya) to Mbale town ... and oh my! the greenery quickly hits you. Uganda is truly beautiful - away from the long stretches of scanty bare land in kenya, this was refreshing.
On with the goose chase, we made our way to Sipi, found a local guide from the guides association who took us on the trek ... which was alright ... but someone should have told us to find proper shoes! Silly old tourists on flip-flops we were ... some bits were really muddy and slippery, thanks to the local lads who kept us on our feet.
The hike took us about 6/7 hours. The scenery is stunningly beautiful. We went all the way to the upper and lower falls, did a tour of the coffee plantation and also had a go at the rappelling which was quite damn expensive (about $50) considering that we were skinned after the Kenya escapade.
The hike to the caves was amazing and the climb out of the gorge on wooden ladders will surely test your nerves.
Sipi falls is a lovely place to unwind and Uganda is a beautiful country (well, don't think we saw that much ... but for that bit, it is well worth it) and the people are very friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed every bit.
Visited June 2014.
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