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More from Megan – more amazing by the day – not a trip and adventure and a coffee order

February 22, 2013

The latest from Megan’s trip – a trip sounds so small – perhaps I should use the word adventure!

The latest from Megan’s adventure – that’s better!

Megan has kept in contact predominantly through texting – she does email but only when she has access to the one internet connection – and when I say texting it is just text – no pictures, no smiley faces!  How would we cope!

Having been teaching English to classes of 70 children and all that this entails – one class was about letter writing so Megan received 70 letters to mark and then reply to!  All sorts of requests from meeting the children’s families, to be taken to see local sites, to invitations for a date!

Megan has recently visited the Sipi Falls – and through modern technology – Google images et al I can bring you details!

Megan spent 4 hours walking to all the falls, swam in the source and to quote Meg’s text “So amazing, my legs kill now!”

Can’t wait to see Megan’s photos – I guess in 3 weeks time when she and Sophie move on to Dubai (before heading to Thailand) there could be a mass uploading!

The photo’s below are from Google images and the text from Wikipedia – at least it shows what a fabulous place it is – brings you that little bit closer…..and having just read about the coffee – my order is in!  This will be the most amazing coffee I am sure – who needs Costa, Starbucks et al…..


YOU CAN FOLLOW MEGAN’s TRIP HERE -n when she gets the internet!

Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale. The waterfalls lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border – more from Wikipedia

Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale. The waterfalls lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border.

The Sipi Falls area is the starting point for many hikes up Mt. Elgon. The most popular route starts in Budadiri and follows the Sasa trail to the summit and then descends down the Sipi trail back into the Sipi Falls. Hikes around the falls offer stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon. Individuals can organise trips through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or private operators.

There are a number of lodges and backpackers / campsites in the area offering a range of accommodation for all budgets. With a cooler climate than most of the country Sipi Falls is a nice place to unwind, relax and literally chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Being on the foothills of Mt. Elgon, Sipi offers a number of alternative activities to the mainstream river activities in and around Jinja. Rob’s Rolling Rock, a local outfit trained by Italian climbers offers abseiling along the side of the main 100m Sipi waterfall as well as climbing on 14 bolted sport routes with a range of difficulty. Other activities include hiking around the local area and visiting the local waterfalls.

The Sipi River is named after the ‘Sep’, a plant indigenous to the banks of the River. Resembling a type of wild banana, Sep is a medicinal plant, the translucent green frond with a bolt of crimson rib is used for treating measles and fever.

The Sipi Falls area is particularly famous for locally grown Bugisu Arabica coffee. Bugisu Arabica only grows at an altitude of between 1,600 and 1,900 metres. Coffee tours are organized through guides with knowledge of coffee farming, processing and roasting. Profits from this go towards community projects.

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