As agreed and picked up from the airport, Myself as the head Guide and David patiently waited at the airport with two Extended safari land cruisers and one small service car, after tjier arrival and immigration clearance, we headed to Victoria view guest house for a night in preparation for the next day when we would start our journey.
Our first day led us through the Eastern countryside of Uganda on the slopes of Mountain Elgon, The sipi Falls. Our first encounter was visiting the source of the Nile, the spot where the 6700kms length longest river in the world begins. At the same spot opposite the river stands a monument where John Hannington Speke stood as he observed the River Nile bubbling out of Lake Victoria. This was about 1pm as we decided to drive and head for our destination in Sipi. Through the exciting rural villages and towns, we arrived in the evening for our dinner and overnight. Sipi River lodge is a cozy and well built safari lodge nested in the middle of the main attraction in sipi, to be exact in the vicinity of the second waterfall.
The morning Adventure.
The morning after was the day for the adventure, a fun packed day and yes an active day of adventure. After a good hefty breakfast, we started our trek for the three spectacular waterfalls. We did start with the second fall in the vicinity of the lodge whose basement also has traditional caves for the sammya ancestors. Local guides should always be available to give you deep insights into this stunning area. The trek takes more courage and strength to hike through the three falls and yes all the three falls give a different experience. Through the local fields and plantations, the group was able to treck and look at the spectacular water falls from all angles and yes to the Top of the falls. It took about 5 hours of fun filled adventure and trekking the two waterfalls until we decided to descend down for the 3rd and longest waterfall. The water falls measure 70m, 80m and 100m respectively. The last fall is the most stunning and beautiful as viewed from different angles. It was time for lunch and yes I did organize them a picnic lunch at the most incredibly beautiful arena with spectacular karamoja plains and in view of the three waterfalls. It is always magical during the evenings with the best sunset observed from the hills.
The afternoon Encounter.
It was time up for getting deep insights about one of Uganda’s unique cultures with unique customs practiced in the sammya and Busoga regions eastern Uganda., THE PUBLICMALE CIRCUMCISION. Each even year, The bagisu and sammya tribes in Eastern Uganda subject males of 15years to a public male circumcision in a move of welcoming young boys into adulthood. Since the opening ceremony for the circumcision begins in October and this was September, we were privileged to have a demonstration of all the cultural encounters including the cultural encounter of the public male circumcision. There was an interaction with the locals and a study of the local way of life. After this were later embarked for our next destination, Mbale town for our dinner and overnight. Mount Elgon hotel is one of the best Hotels in line with a 4 star hotel, has a swimming pool and great views over the wanale hills of mountain Elgon. This marked the start of our journey in Uganda and yes, this was just the beginning of the adventure. This journey was designed on basis of “Building Expectations” and yes the incredible encounter the last two days was just the beginning.
Join me next time as I take you through our group tour with Jan through the wilderness of Murchison falls national park and beyond. Its commitment, Its adventure and yes its an escape into the wilderness for an inspirational journey of a lifetime.