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Waterfalls of Uganda – Kisiizi Falls

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Waterfalls of Uganda – Kisiizi Falls

kisizi falls - ugandaLocated in the district of Rukungiri in the south west of Uganda about 22km to the south of Rukungiri district headquarters, Kisizi falls is a remarkable beautiful site that counts on the list of Uganda safari attractions not only because of its beauty but also its history. The Falls are also neighbors to the Gorilla Trekking Uganda Destination of Bwindi Forest National Park.

At 46km north of Kabale which is the largest town in the Sub region standing at the geographical coordinates of 00 59 45S, 29 57 44E, the impressive Kisizi falls is positioned on River Rushoma that flows south west along the extended valley arising from the Muhanga area before falling for 30m below and then continuing to the north east emptying into Lake Edward another unique features always visited by travelers on safaris in Uganda.

The greatness of the Kisizi falls goes beyond the beauty. It can be noted that traditionally, Kisiizi falls was a tragic place in the ancient Kigezi area where the girls that would get pregnant before the marriage would be thrown down the rock just like the waters and succumb to death. This was done because premarital pregnancies among the Bakiga like in most of the traditional African societies were totally prohibited.

It is a rewarding moment to encounter such strong wind ruffling through tall trees as the water bowls hit and then bounce off the rocks producing a hushed monotony while a range of bird Species jump in the fresh air and in their nests making such melodious sweet sounds. The site enjoys humid climate. This makes it a remarkable site that local people would take pride in right from the beginning to have in their land.

However, the traditional girls never enjoyed this beauty. Locally known as Aheibanga or the cliff in English, the paternal relatives would bring a pre-marital pregnant girl to the ravine led by the father and the brother and violently throw her down the cliff. This was the local way of judging the shame, embarrassment and the dishonor that the offender had caused to the family, the tribe and  the general community.

These tales are supported by the still existing elderly local people who witnessed some of the incidents. The most tragic one occurred when a girl who was to be thrown down the ravine pulled her  father and the brother down and they all died together and there are claims that the voices of the deceased trio at times are heard calling one another. It can be noted that Kigezi has other sites of similar stature including the Akampene Island also known as Punishment Island on Lake Bunyonyi where the premarital pregnant girls would be dropped and abandoned to die of starvation, extreme coldness and wild animals.

The fate of Kisizi falls was to change in the 1950s when the thread manufacturing flux factory was constructed in the area. After its collapse, Dr. John Sharpe who had grown uncomfortable of the treatable diseases that had terrorized the community requested the facilities to be used as hospital through the Church of Uganda.

The flux factory had built the power dam and with the hospital opening up in the year 1958, Kisizi could no longer be viewed as a place for hanging the wrongful girls but was seen as a healing center. However, the natural attractiveness of the site and its history has made it popular tourist attraction in the area thus at times included on the list of what to encounter by those planning safaris to Uganda

The Kisizi site also features accommodation establishment to facilitate those that would wish to spend an overnight in the area and the visiting clientele include the nationals and foreigners.

By |2017-11-30T08:08:06+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uganda Gorilla Safaris|

About the Author:

Samuel, the founder of Prime Safaris & Tours and one of the Directors at Christ Our Vision International Children`s Ministry (COVICM), a family founded and managed vulnerable children community care orphanage based in Kalagi town Mukono-The second worse hit district with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Samuel was born in Kampala-the capital city of Uganda, where he grew up and studied. He went to New Mulago Primary School, Mengo Senior School for both ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels then Makerere University Kampala for his degree. After annexing credible experience in the tourism industry, he opened Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd in 2008 to not only offer ultimate Africa Safari memories to travelers the world over but as an avenue to annex funds to run the Christ Our Vision International Children`s Ministry (COVICM) Many people the world over are yet to discover the all in one tourism destination-Uganda, my mother land as on several occasions witnessed by the Lonely Planet and the National Geographic Channel. As a lover of Uganda`s tourism & Nature Conservation efforts in the region. I WARMLY WELCOME YOU AND SO PASSIONATE TO GUIDE YOU IN THE LAND OF THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD-UGANDA THE PEARL OF AFRICA” Said Samuel. TUBANIRIZZA NYO MU UGANDA AFRICA! (WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO UGANDA AFRICA!)
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