Ssezibwa Falls: Spectacular Waterfalls in Uganda

Ssezibwa Falls are spectacular waterfalls found in Mukono district, accessible from Kampala after about 30 kilometers along Jinja highway. At Kayanja Trading Center, overlooking Kasaku Tea Estate, turn right following a sign post directing travelers into a marum road which is 1.5 km to reach the falls.  A visit to the spectacular Falls is usually a supplementary activity to those doing Uganda Safaris and tours in Jinja or Mount Elgon region. The falls are among the several waterfalls in Uganda that attract a sizeable number of tourists who visit them during their holiday tours in the country.

Ssezibwa Falls

The water falls emerging from rocky grounds falling deep into a kind of oasis water collection surface, before draining in Ssezibwa River, leaves behind a cool environment pleasant to complete relaxation. The Ssezibwa Falls is also the scenery for collection tropical birds, especially for bird lovers, butterfly watching and relaxing in environmentally forest biomass system.

At Ssezibwa Falls, hissing waterfalls sound welcomes you here to this natural colour environment. Ssezibwa is a Luganda word meaning awesome thing. The beautiful and spiritual Ssezibwa Falls have long been one of the favorite nature preserves for Buganda Kings. Ssekabaka Mwanga II planted a giant tree here to show his respect for the Ssezibwa Falls, and Muteesa II planted another. Both trees are regarded as sacred gifts from the Kabakas. This is where many natives flock for blessings for wealth and fortunes in their lives.

These falls are believed to have been born by humans many years ago. It is said that a woman, Nakangu of the Ekibe (wolf) clan gave birth to a twin river, which split into two distant streams by an island immediately below the waterfall. It is believed locally that the spirits of Nakangu’s unborn children, Ssezibwa and Mobeya still inhabit the river, and it was once customary for any Muganda passing its source at Namukono, some 20 km further east, to throw a handful of grass or stones into it for good luck and great fortunes.

Activities at Ssezibwa Falls

The falls are an excellent and convenient place where one can enjoy and experience the wonders of nature. Among the activities a tourist would enjoy include:
1. Camping
2. Nature-guided walks (2 trails).
3. Birding
4. Scenic view from the top of the falls
5. Community walks
6. Hiking
7. Picnicking

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