3 day Sipi Falls – Mount Elgon Safari in Uganda

Posted by on April 29, 2016

Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls Hiking, Adventure, Biking, Birding Safari in Uganda

 3 day Sipi Falls – Mount Elgon  Safari in Uganda – Culture – Scenery – Birding


3 day Sipi Falls – Mount Elgon  Safari in Uganda -/Mount Elgon is the eight highest Mountain in  Africa. An extinct Volcano that towers over the African plains and valleys, straddling the Ugandan-Kenyan border.  The foothills provide the perfect place for tea and coffee plantations, in fact some of the finest coffee is grown in the Mount Elgon area, some of which you can taste at Sipi River Lodge.

This is the perfect place for some who want to take a short hike around Sipi Falls or those who want climb around a bit.  There is Afro-Montane vegetation, Bamboo Forests, waterfalls, caves to explore and you will come across Blue Monkeys, Black and White Colobus.  In some areas of the mountain you will find a small herd of Elephants, De Brazza’s Monkey, Leopards, Bushpig, Sitatunga Antelope and other antelopes as the common Duiker.

Birds such as Jackson Francoline, Moorland Francoline, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Black Collared Apalis, Bronze-Naped Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Tacazze Sunbird, Lammergeyer can be spotted here.


 Day One – Sipi Falls:

We will pick you up at your hotel for the journey to Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, a 5 hour journey past the Mabira Forest, then on to Sipi Falls where we check in at  Sipi River Lodge for the next two nights.

Sipi Falls Lodge is on the lower end of up-market lodging when it comes to price but not quality, the surroundings and the excellent food served here which you will find a delight. Rooms come with en-suite bath .

Enjoy a delightful lunch, most with local ingredients grown around the Mount Elgon area, even the coffee or tea comes from around here.  The lodge has an excellent cuisine that you will enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After Lunch explore the nearby main Sipi Falls which is actually a set of 4 falls, there are caves behind the main falls.  Look out for lots of birds to discover as you climb to the top of the falls. The views are breathtaking, the hike will take about 2 1/2  hours or longer and make for a great afternoon. Be sure to explore the caves behind the falls.

Look out for golden Winged and Tacazze  Sunbirds , Turacos and Hornbill birds.

Return to Lodging for dinner and a wonderful view of the scenery around you.

Lodging:  Sipi River Lodge

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner

Day 2 – Sipi Falls:

Morning Breakfast which is delightful at Sipi Falls lodge and then there are quite a few choices of activities .

The above are just a few – there are others that you can partake it…or simply t ake a walk – read a book and relax in the quiet of the lodge

Lunch at Sipi River Lodge

Afternoon another activity

Take a packed lunch for the day and off we go for a day of hiking and birding on Mount Elgon.  We take a short drive to the Mount Elgon Exploration Center we take a day trail montane and bamboo forests, there are splendid views of Mount Elgon and the valleys below.  Fields of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds such as the black and white casqued Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, bar-tailed Trogon, grey throated Barbet, Montane Oriole, Mountain Greenbull and Black Collared Apalis to name just a few.

We enjoy our picnic lunch along the way and return to the lodging facility in the late afternoon.  Dinner and rest at Sipi River Lodge.

Lodging:  Sipi River Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3:

Breakfast and then it is off for Jinja where we go to the Source of the Nile River Park and see where the White Nile and Lake Victoria merge.  Lunch at the Sunset Hotel overlooking the Nile River and then

visit Itanda Falls – Bujagali falls is no more since the dam was built…Itanda for the time being is still in full force.

Back to Kampala to your Hotel reaching there in the early evening.

 3 day Sipi Falls – Mount Elgon  Safari in Uganda in one of the relative undiscovered areas of Uganda – Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon – where beside the above there are many more options for you – find out by taking a look of things to do and see in Mount Elgon Park – Sipi Falls and beyond. Some of the things to do and see can be be done within the three days, other may add on additional days.

 


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