The effervescent Ssezibwa Falls are located in Mukono district, at a distance estimated to be 20 miles (approximately 32km) East of Kampala (Uganda’s capital) , down the Kampala-Jinja High way. These falls are an attribute of yet another natural reward; the fizzy threshing River Ssezibwa, that courses from the swamps between Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga close to the western side of the bubbly Victoria Nile in Buikwe district. It also unbends on a desolate plunge of the River’s waters that the Central Buganda Kingdom in Uganda alludes to as the Sezibwa Falls. The prepossessing and sacred Ssezibwa falls are just a 45 minutes’ drive away from Kampala-Uganda’s capital, after Mukono town down Jinja road, it’s here that one wheels right at Kayanja trading center onto a bumpy dirt road for a short cruise of just 1.5km to the falls.
The Ssezibwa falls are one of the country’s concealed cultural treasures with parts owned by Buganda kingdom and the Anglican Church as well. The traditionalists appraise an intriguing legend concerning the origin of the gassy Ssezibwa falls and it goes like this; at one time, a woman called Nakkungu Tebateesa bore twins that were not children as society would expect but two rivers instead.
Wasswa and Kato as the culture in Buganda is and has stood the test of time, at delivery, river Bwanda glided its course towards the East as for our Ssezibwa, cascaded westwards encountering rather difficult hurdles. The mighty Ssezibwa River surmounted his deterrent and as an attribute of this, many were so impressed and this induced a traditional verbatim ‘Sizibwa Kibuubo’, whose English translation is; nothing blocks my path! As a cultural construction, the river’s strength to overcome its stumbling blocks, is believed to be a secret working of the spirits thus a word Ssezibwa was so spiritually strong.
Ssezibwa is one of Buganda’s heritage sites which protects a significant ancient culture but these days it’s now rare following the influence of the rise in foreign religions. A cultural tour in Uganda will expose you to shrines and grasp intriguing traditional religions in Buganda and about the ancient spirits that are assumed to have made the amazing Ssezibwa falls to exist; you will encounter ancient traditional items such as coffee beans, spears, cowrie shells, bark cloth, pots and calabashes. These were used by ancestral spirits and are today used by traditionalists to connect to the same spirits, and apparently you can find them offering sacrifices and to Ssezibwa and other spirits.
Birding is also a supreme activity at Ssezibwa falls since this natural community houses an estimated 150 species of unique birds and thus it’s such an amazing birding destination, to crave for a visit by Birding enthusiasts.
Numerous bird species include; the colorful Olive sun bird, great cormorant, woodland Kingfishers plus parrots in the grown Eucalyptus. The surrounding acacia thickets, gigantic gold bamboo and vibrant green jungle carry other birds like; the White-throated Bee-eater, Red-Eyed Dove, Little Green Sunbird, Green headed Sunbird, Great Blue Turaco, Lesser stripped Swallow, White-Chested Nigro Finch, Black-and-White Mankins and many more fascinating birds.
Rock camping is possible here with the presence of razor-shaped rocks stretching from a cliff like feature. Though they may present somewhat a physical challenge to hiking but it gets cozy with physical encounters between visitors and wildlife, for instance a meeting with skinks, snakes and lizards, especially when they are sunbathing, during the hot days.
Expert swimmers will the get opportunity to jump from rocks and plunge into the mild Whirlpool. Also those that cherish camping will find a camping haven characterized with a lot of fresh air, pleasant echoes of night insects and forest birds and can ram into any space of choice.
Ssezibwa falls can accommodate all kinds of visitors; including cultural, adventurous and nature-based, tourists. Visit Uganda to enjoy a safari of your choice conducted by a trustworthy tour operator in Uganda and live to enjoy the memorable experiences, a tale you will tell for a life time.