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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