Sezibwa falls is traditionally derived from the vernacular word “sezibibwa kkubo” meaning “no obstacle can stop me from moving on. The site located in Uganda about 20 miles along Jinja Road from Kampala; is a Buganda Heritage site, with an out span of sharp edged rocks and a magnificent sound of soothing waters flowing down the steep ridged stones.
The site attracts many who seek blessings due to cultural beliefs that the river was born of a woman. It’s alleged that the 2 rivers named Sezibwa and its brother Bwanda were given birth to by a woman on her way to Kavuma Bukunja when she experienced labour pains. Nakkungu Tebatuusa whose husband was called Nsubuga Sebwato gave birth to Twins in form of water, where Sezibwa flowed west, passing many obstacles and deriving its name, while Bwanda flowed towards Nyenga in Eastern Uganda to the mothers’ homeland.
Casually dressed men are found at the gate, and on a busy day, there are over 100 visitors including tourists, researchers, students and people seeking for peace and miracles.
Many people come to the place for miracles as they believe the site has supernatural powers. The presence of “Mbuga ya musoke”, a cowry shrine believed to be a home of a python called Nalongo; Eggshells, Calabashes, backcloth, short spears and a coffee berry basket at the entrance of the shrine signifies the cultural, traditional and spiritual beliefs on the site.
The beautiful green vegetation like Bamboo and Erithina, the 7 meters high waterfalls, and the harmony of Bird songs above the trees creates beautiful scenery for relaxation and enjoyment. Rock climbing and bird watching are main activities at the site, and Geologists visit the site in numbers. Wildlife includes the Bush Monkeys, red tailed monkeys and many other primates and Birds.
The dark waters rise up to 90 feet during the rainy season, with fascinating sounds from the pouring waters, holding the secret not known to many, unique and rich traditions, acknowledged only by those who love culture and serene.