Waterfalls to Visit in Uganda
The most visited waterfall in Uganda is Murchison Falls. PHOTO/DESTINATION UGANDA

In this section, you will find some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Uganda, many of which are close to major sites and would be great picnic spots if you’re in the mood for a quick break.

The waterfalls in Uganda are among the most magnificent in the world, with breathtaking scenery. This makes Uganda a natural wonder and thus a pearl of Africa.

Uganda is surrounded by water bodies, the majority of which have waterfalls.

The waterfalls listed here are some of the most stunning in Uganda, many of which are near major tourist destinations, and would be excellent places to stop for a picnic if you feel like taking a quick break from your travels.

Alternatively, make a day of it by adding boat safaris, swimming, rock climbing, hiking, zip line, white water rafting, or kayaking to your visit to the falls.

Numerous waterfalls are mentioned in local tales, and visiting them might be an excellent opportunity to learn about Ugandan culture and storytelling.

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is a natural wonder and Uganda’s most visited waterfall. It is located in the northwest, between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert, in Uganda’s largest national park.

Murchison Falls is noted for its force more than its height, which is only 40m. 

The Nile erupts suddenly through a tiny 6m valley, and upstream, the Victoria Nile hurtles through the rift’s hinterland down an explosive 80km of rapids that rafters consider to be one of the world’s deadliest white water portions, but provide an exciting experience. 

However, the most spectacular view of the waterfall is at the top, where the sight and sound of the Nile rushing over the 6m wide abyss is a sensory overload.

Additionally, you may enjoy Murchison Falls from a boat cruise. As you approach the falls by boat, you can feel the force of the waterfall.

Apart from the breathtaking views of the waterfalls, you’ll also get to see African elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and an array of antelopes on the banks of the Victoria Nile.

Sipi Waterfalls

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Sipi Falls are a must-see when visiting Uganda. FILE PHOTO

Sipi Falls is a trio of waterfalls located on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda’s Kapchorwa district, northeast of Sironko and around 55 kilometres north of Mbale.

The Sipi falls were named after a medicinal wild banana tree called ‘Sep’ found in northern Uganda.

The falls are located at an elevation of 1,775 metres and range in height from 65 to 100 metres.

You can take a guided hike along the Sipi River past small settlements, farmland, and over rugged hillsides to witness all three falls.

If you prefer to visit all three falls in one day, the round-trip will take around three hours and is fairly strenuous. However, the natural splendour of the surrounding area and the opportunity to stand behind the falls make it worthwhile.

Alternatively, the most popular trail is a straightforward 20-minute walk from Sipi town’s post office to the base of one of the falls.

Pack your swimsuits, since the final waterfall plunge pool at the base of the 100m falls is ideal for a refreshing swim.

Aruu Falls

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From the Aswa Bridge in Agagura, it takes 15 minutes to reach the Aruu Falls via a dusty route. PHOTO/UgandaTourismCenter

Despite being a lesser-known waterfall in Uganda, the picturesque rocky Aruu Falls is worth a visit on the way between Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls national parks.

Stop here for a picnic lunch and to take in the gorgeous views about four and a half kilometres off the Pader-Kitgum route.

It has an incredible campsite named the Aruu campsite that will take care of your accommodation needs while immersing you in the authentic African bush.

Spend the day here if you’re not pressed for time and go rock climbing, swimming, or on a guided nature or community walk.

However, be aware that the rocks can be extremely slippery due to the presence of water, so use caution.

Ssezibwa falls

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Historically, culturally, and religiously, the Ssezibwa Falls are important to Buganda. PHOTO/TRIPADVISOR

Situated 32 kilometres east of Kampala on the road to Jinja, the magnificent Ssezibwa falls are an excellent spot to learn about Buganda tales and legends, as they are a part of the Buganda kingdom’s legacy.

The 17 m high waterfall, surrounded by beautiful green forest and characterised by sharp protruding rocks, is located in the Ssezibwa river between Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga.

The indigenous Baganda believe that the falls were created hundreds of years ago by a human woman who, instead of twins, gave birth to two rivers, the Ssezibwa and the Bwanda.

Today, the falls are believed to possess mystical abilities, and many indigenous people continue to attend in the hope of obtaining favours, money, and love.

Itanda falls

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Itanda Falls is not well known by visitors to Jinja, except for those who come for whitewater rafting. FILE PHOTO

The Itanda Falls are located in East Africa’s adrenaline capital, Jinja, which attracts hundreds of adventure seekers for white water rafting, kayaking, and river surfing, as well as fishing and bungee jumping.

Itanda’s rapids are classified as Grade 6 (which is the most challenging), Grade 5, and Grade 4.

The falls are located near what was once known as Rippon Falls, which was considered the source of the Nile River, Africa’s longest and most mystical river.

After the Owen Falls hydroelectric dam was built, the Itanda Falls took over as the primary white water rafting rapids.

Kisiizi falls

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The Kisiizi Falls are just a few hundred meters from Kisiizi Hospital on the Kyabamba River. PHOTO/UgandaTourismCenter

The Kisiizi Falls are an excellent stopover in Rukungiri, between Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

The Kyabamba river’s water cascades down the 27-meter-high cliff into a deep valley. Visitors may feel the mist from 100 metres away due to the waterfall’s strength.

The river flows down from the Nyakishenyi hills, showers on the rocks, and eventually empties into the river, where there is a dam that distributes electricity to the entire area.

Today, Kisiizi is a major tourist attraction in Uganda and a source of hydroelectricity that powers the area’s houses and industry.

Ziplining through the forest canopy, travelling across the new suspension bridge, bird watching, and nature walks in the surrounding forested area are just some of the activities accessible at Kisiizi Falls.

Additional waterfalls in Uganda

The waterfalls pictured above are some of the biggest in Uganda. 

However, the Mahoma and Nyamiska Falls deserve a special note because they are incorporated into numerous hiking trails in the crater lakes region near Fort Portal.

The Wanale Falls, located just 6 kilometres from Mbale town, are a magnificent visit. They are a small stream of water that plunges 2000 metres down a sheer rocky cliff face, or the somewhat further away Sisiyi Falls, which is near to the Sipi Falls.

Additionally, Nkusi, Mpanga, and Uhuru waterfalls are excellent complements to any trip.