Bujagali Falls

Source of the Nile, Jinja Province, Uganda

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Bujagali Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Bujagali Falls was really more of a series of rapids than a waterfall. That said, it had been world famous for thrilling Class V Rapids attracting adrenaline junkies looking to run them. The falls was also near the so-called Source of the Nile, where there was once a waterfall known as Rippon Falls before the Owen Falls Dam flooded it out. During our June 2008 visit, it certainly seemed like this was a real popular spot as we saw more than our share of non-locals in the area.

Sadly, this waterfall (er rapids) ultimately suffered the same fate as Rippon Falls. During our visit, plans had moved forward to essentially drown out this attraction for hydroelectricity as the Owen Falls Dam was no longer efficient while at the same time energy demands had increased. Tours were still running the rapids while they still could.

In the years since our visit, adrenaline junkies and nature lovers had to look elsewhere to get their fix because the falls were inundated by the new dam. Judging by the size of the city of Jinja and the city of Kampala further to the west, we could appreciate the need for more energy in order to support their attempts at industrializing.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was a drawing of Rippon Falls at the Source of the Nile before it was destroyed by the Owen Falls damThis was a drawing of Rippon Falls at the Source of the Nile before it was destroyed by the Owen Falls dam
Bright and broad view of some of the small waterfalls comprising what was left of Bujagali Falls in June 2008Bright and broad view of some of the small waterfalls comprising what was left of Bujagali Falls in June 2008
Sign talking about Jinja and the Source of the Great River NileSign talking about Jinja and the Source of the Great River Nile

The flooded Source of the NileThe flooded Source of the Nile

Looking across the Nile towards another cascadeLooking across the Nile towards another cascade

Looking across the Nile at one of the cascadesLooking across the Nile at one of the cascades. We couldn't tell if this used to be part of something taller (possibly hidden beneath the human-induced flooding)


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Left to right sweep following the direction of the water as it rushes over several rapids


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Bujagali Falls is about 2 hours drive east of Kampala near the town of Jinja. Since we were driven to this falls, I can't provide specific directions other than the time duration to budget for your own itinerary.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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