Being here will allow you to get a feeling that you are miles away from anything which can be considered as civilized world.
The jungle surrounding this lodge will give you an opportunity to have a close look at its many secrets, such as rare bird species and unique plants.
Sipi River Lodge: the place (What makes this place unique)?
The Sipi River Lodge offers the opportunity to enjoy a holistic, natural lifestyle in an unexploited and pristine environment.
The lodge is located on the banks of the Sipi River, on the edge of the tropical rain forest, where it is possible to spot wildlife and search for fish.
A wide variety of activities can be enjoyed here, including chasing Sipi falls, walking with a guide, and bird-watching.
Top 5 things to do at Sipi River Lodge!
Below are 5 of the activities you should try if you visit Sipi River Lodge:
1. Popular Sipi Falls Walks – Sipi Falls is a hiker’s paradise! As a guest you are invited to choose from among the following popular walks;
The Main Lower Waterfall offers a short and strenuous, but very rewarding option; or choose the Upper Loop and climb to the top of the upper waterfall and beyond, reaching the national park boundary; or spend the day exploring All Three Waterfalls of Sipi for the ultimate scenic workout.
- Main Lower Waterfall: 20,000/= per adult, 10,000/= per child; 1.5 – 2 hours required
- Upper Loop: 25,000/= per adult, 15,000/= per child; 3 – 3.5 hours required
- All Three Waterfalls: 25,000/= per adult, 15,000/= per child; 4 – 5 hours required.
Step off the beaten path and explore the Chebonet Valley, just two kilometers east of Sipi. Here you’ll hike through quiet plantations and discover stunning waterfalls in a steep, dramatic gorge.
Costs: 25,000/= per adult, 15,000/= per child; 2.5 – 3 hours required.
2. Sipi Coffee Tour
Visit a local coffee plantation to learn about a coffee farmer’s work and the life-cycle of the crop. On your return to the lodge, you’ll pound, sort, roast, and finally enjoy your very own cup of coffee!
Costs: $15 per adult, $7 per child; 3 – 4 hours required.
3. Abseiling & Rock Climbing
For an adrenaline rush, head to the Chebonet Valley. Abseil from the top of a breathtaking 85m waterfall and/or climb 6 bolted routes, 16m – 35m in height.
Costs: $50 per person (Abseiling), $40 per person (Rock Climbing), $75 per person (both activities)
4. A Runner’s Experience
Visit the cradle of Uganda’s world-class running talent, where the likes of Kiprotich, Cheptegei, and Kipsiro developed their skill; discuss training strategies with elite athletes; and go for a run of your own!
Costs: $20 per person for a guided run, $40 per person for half-day experience, $60 per person for full-day immersion.
5. Bird Watching (binoculars and field guide are available for hire on request)
See why Uganda is such a major bird-watching destination, while observing the species common to Sipi.
Costs: 25,000/= per person, 15,000/= per child; 3 hours required
Other activities include;
6. Fly Fishing (flyrod and kit are available on request)
Go fishing at a pool of rainbow trout on a secluded section of the Sipi River above the uppermost waterfall. No prior experience is necessary. Current policy is catch-and-release only.
Costs: 70,000/= per person; 3 – 4 hours required
7. Sabiny Cultural Walk
Learn about the people who call Sipi Falls home. You’ll visit village homes and experience local Sabiny customs, including dancing, foods, and local brews.
Costs: 50,000/= per adult, 35,000/= per child; 2.5 – 3 hours required
Take a walk (or ride) to the sunset point, where you’ll have an amazing 360 degree view of Sipi Falls, Mt.Elgon, and the plains below, stretching west to Lake Kyoga and north into Karamoja.
Costs: 15,000/= per adult, 10,000/= per child; 1 – 1.5 hours required
How to get there?
Google Maps correctly shows Sipi River Lodge and accurate driving directions but sometimes GPS navigation systems will steer you wrong on the way to Sipi.
The following details can be used alongside Google directions to avoid any wrong turns;
If you are driving from Jinja or Kampala, the shortest route will be to take the left turn, about 5km after Iganga town, onto Tirinyi road toward Mbale.
This section can take between one hour and half and two hours. If, instead, you continue straight at that junction you will go via Tororo, which takes one hour more to reach Mbale.
This would add several miles to your journey but smoother road and several troops of roadside baboons.
From Mbale, be sure to take the Kumi/Soroti road leading north out of town.
Follow the signs for Kapchorwa by turning right about 5 kilometers north of Mbale town.
DO NOT LEAVE THE MAIN TARMAC ROAD FROM THERE – some GPS directions will have you turning off onto some maram (dirt) roads that can be quite challenging at times.
Watch your odometer. About 32 kilometers after leaving the Kumi/Soroti road and after passing Sironko, Nalugugu, Buyaga, Simu, and Muyembe, you’ll see the signpost announcing the Moroto-Kapchorwa junction and the “end of tarmac to Moroto”.
You will see that the junction has a number of vegetable vendors, maize roasters, and various taxis and Lorries organizing themselves.
The road turns to maram (dirt) straight ahead (i.e. north toward Moroto) and continues as tarmac to the right (i.e. east toward Kapchorwa).
TURN RIGHT AT THIS JUNCTION towards Kapchorwa.
Again, watch your odometer. About 15 kilometers after leaving the Moroto-Kapchorwa junction and after climbing a couple of very steep hills, passing through Kaserem, Amukol, and Sipi Village, you’ll reach Sipi River Lodge.
The Lodge is located on the main tarmac road – and their gate is on the right, with a signpost on the left.
In short, from Mbale town:
- Travel north on the Kumi/Soroti road for 5km, then take a right towards Sironko/Kapchorwa.
- After 32 km on this road take a right toward Kapchorwa.
- After 15km more, you will reach Sipi River Lodge. The lodge gate is on the right and a signpost on the left.
Why should you visit this place?
Sipi River Lodge is one of the best places to unwind and relax while getting close to nature. The Lodge is located on the banks of Sipi River and not very far away from Mount Elgon.
Quick facts about Sipi River Lodge and the Sipi area.
- Sipi Falls is made up of a series of three spectacular waterfalls.
- The Sipi area grows some of the finest Arabica coffee on earth
- You will enjoy top-notch mountain biking as well as stunning sunsets!
- The Sipi falls are right at the border of Mount Elgon National Park – home to a remarkable number of bird species and the biggest volcanic base on the planet.
- The Lodge sits on a private ground covering 17 acres, which include the 80 meter Kapsurur Falls (the 2nd of the three Sipi waterfalls), a number views of the sipi falls as well as peaceful gardens to look at.
- Sipi River Lodge operates with just a small number of guests at a time, making it a ‘home away from home’ experience coupled with the exceptional great services offered by the lodge staff.
To wrap things up
The Sipi river lodge is an amazing place. It can be hard to imagine that such a beautiful, wild place even exists in this world.
If you are looking for a truly unique experience and some of the best bird-watching and hiking opportunities available, then this lodge is exactly what you need!