About Bujagali Falls
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 waterfalls were also near the so-called Source of the Nile, where there once existed 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” 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.
Meanwhile, at the same time, the area’s energy demands had increased.
So tours were still running the rapids while they still could, but everyone knew that the fate of Bujagali Falls had been sealed.
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.
Bujagali Falls resided in the Jinja District of Uganda. It is administered by the local government of the Jinja District. For more information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can try visiting their website or Facebook page.
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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