Good for: Birdwatching, adventure activities, Fishing, boating
- Bujagali Falls
- admission USh2000
Lonely Planet review for Bujagali Falls
More a series of large rapids than a conventional waterfall, Bujagali Falls remains one of Uganda's outstanding natural beauty spots, and is very popular with locals on weekends. This is one of East Africa's more laid-back locations and it is well worth setting some time aside to chill for a few days. A lot of travellers end up staying out here before or after a rafting trip, as there are two popular camping grounds here.
During our last visit, a deal was signed for a multi-million dollar resort to be built here, so things may change very fast and don't be too disappointed if there is some serious construction going on in the area. There is also the chance that the controversial Bujagali Falls Dam will finally go ahead, having been suspended several times due to corruption. One way or the other, change is coming, but there will still be adrenaline and adventure in large doses.
Ugandans take a peculiar delight in watching local men throw themselves into the top of the falls with nothing more than a plastic jerry can, sealed with an avocado, to keep them alive. Each to their own and all that, but this is a seriously dangerous practice. Should they lose their grip, they are dead. Surely this is taking risking one's life to make a living to extremes, and it should not be encouraged by tourists. Save your money for something else, or give it to the guys not to chuck themselves in, as they likely have families to look after. However, a couple of guys are real pros at this art and have formed the Bujagali Swimmers, mastering a safe route through the turbulent waters.