For many decades people from the east have always been known as the wise men because the sun always comes from the east. The journey from Kampala, the capital city heading to the east through towns of mukono and Lugazi before traversing mabira forest where you feel the breeze of the largest natural forest in Uganda presents a remarkable start on your Uganda safaris and tours.
Continuing on the drive to the
cosmopolitan town of Jinja which has great history attached to it as the
largest industrial town in Uganda before the Asians were expelled from
Uganda by the infamous Idi Amin. The area contains the source of the
mystical Nile River which is the longest in the world and highly sought
after by travelers on safaris in Uganda.
You are already in Busoga land and thus under the leadership of
Kyabazinga, the King of the Basoga. Take time to explore the customs,
traditions and practices of the Basoga including the stories of their
migration and the emergence of the Kingship that initially was not
existing. The stretch of Tirinyi Road is very impressive. It is a flat
landscape marked by swamps and plains where the River Mpologoma derives
its waters before flowing to empty in Lake Kyoga one of the famous
Uganda safari destinations.
Eventually, the journey enters the
Masaba land which is the home of the Bagisu people that inhabit the
surrounding areas of Elgon Mountain which they also refer to as Masaba
noting that it is an embodiment of their founding father. These people
are known world over for their mighty traditional circumcision ceremony
named Imbalu where the male transit from childhood to manhood. This
initially was a tribal practice with less concern for the outsiders and
because of its uniqueness it has grown in popularity overtime and now
when it is its season world travelers plan safaris to Uganda to be part of it. The ceremonies would be incomplete without Kadodi dance which is among the best traditional dances in Uganda.
From Mbale, the drive is still on until you reach Sipi Area where the
famous Sipi Falls is located. The views of the falls from a far or
hiking up to its top are all rewarding. Spending an overnight cannot be
troublesome considering the range of accommodation units in Sipi Area
ranging from affluent Sipi River lodge to the medium Lacam lodge and the
Basic Crowns Nest Camp all featuring the views of Sipi falls.
Besides hiking Sipi falls, you could also do a journey break to climb
the Elgon Mountain which requires a minimum of four (4) days for the
shorter trail. Alternatively, you can undertake a one day hike to
explore its foothills. Remember Mount Elgon is the fourth tallest in
East Africa but was once the tallest in Africa before the denudation
forces did it a disservice. This combines to make the journey to the
east a memorable wonder of a life time and worth encountering while in