The falls are located on the foothills of Mt Elgon in Sironko District, 40 KMs from Mbale accessed by an all weather tarmac road for 26 KMs and the last 14 KMs on a motorable dirt road. As the streams make their way down the mountain slopes, water falls over rocks, creating spectacular scenes and sounds. One of them is Sisiyi Falls, an absolutely gorgeous spot on the side of Mt. Elgon; derives its names from the locals because it never runs dry, come rain come shine. The river that never dries up as it’s loosely called by the locals here is the lowest major waterfall on Mt Elgon; as the river tumbles over Sisiyi Cliff meandering lazily towards Lake Kyoga.
River Sisiyi originates from a crater lake on Mt Elgon meanders underground at Bukibologoto Village; the roaring waters cascade and plunge 103ft off a cliff and forms a swift, rocky river at the bottom though a gorge emitting a steam like chilly spray of water,enough to soak you to your skin in 30. Sisiyi is one of the longest water falls in Uganda and it also has cave painting. From miles away, it can be seen as a streak of white against a green hilly background; at the bottom of the falls is a natural swimming pool that tempts you to swim. Sisiyi Falls was one of Uganda’s well kept secrets and the falls only known by the local community who complained about the rocky landscape unusable for farming till 2005. Although Sisiyi water fall is not yet a popular tourist destination, it’s slowly becoming an adventurer’s tour destination. A number of missionaries, NGOs, Indian business community have been seen visiting the falls; the fall still remains off limits to the major tour circuit. Because the tourists are not shy to treat their bodies to fresh air, the locals have baptised the place “Garden of Eden”as they provide some cultural attractions especially entertainment.
Accommodation is provided by Dr Patrick Mutono in 4 self contained rooms with a restaurant and bar; lit using solar lanterns and the boulders used as lamp posts. The camp owners have landscaped the grounds introducing flowers and plants which attract birds and insects.
Activities: There are a number of activities that one can engage themselves into; namely hiking to the top of the falls a strenuous 2 KM trek which rewards you with spectaculars views of Lake Kyoga, Sironko town and the plains of Kumi. You can take a dip in the natural pool at the base of the falls and swim all day. There are the coffee growing and fermentation excursion, bird watching, insect study and cultural experiences like kadodi and imbalu dances. The adventurous can try rock climbing on the 7 routes at Nagudi Rock, the routes are bolted however climbers need to carry their own equipment. Other attractions to Budadiri area the rock paintings on Sasa trail head in Budadiri. This trip more fun undertaken on mountain bikes from Mbale. Karibuni Safaris can also arrange Mountain Bikes for an extra fee.
Alternatively you can engage in bird watching or simply chill-out to rhythms of the roaring waters. While at the falls, don’t forget to look out for Bagisu beauties, easily mistaken for elderly women as they walk bent forward with merchandise on their backs.