Sezibwa: Mysterious Falls Believed to Have Been Born of a Woman


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The mysterious Sezibwa falls are located 32 km along the Kampala-Jinja highway and just a 40-minute drive from Kampala’s city center.

Legend is told about the Sezibwa Falls, and according to the people residing in this area, the river is believed to have been born by a woman named Nakkungu Tebatuusa, whose husband was Nsubuga Sebwaato, while on her way to Kavuma Bukunja hundreds of years ago.

Nakkungu Tebatuusa is believed to have given birth to twins in the form of water, which became the rivers Sezibwa and Bwanda according to the traditional legend. The name Sezibwa is derived from the Luganda phrase “sizibwa kkubo,” which translates into “my path can never be blocked,” and this, the locals say, is because its flow could not be stopped even with the different obstacles it encountered along its 150 km long distance.

There are plenty of activities, among which is bird watching, where there are over 100 different bird species, with the giant kingfisher being the most popular, seen hanging over tree branches.

Sezibwa is also popular for animal sightings, where you can see the red-tailed monkey, vervet monkey, tree squirrel, and reptiles such as the Nile monitor lizard, green mambas, and horned adders.

Also at the Sezibwa Falls, there are beautiful racked rocks for interesting rock climbing experiences. They are not too difficult or high but enough to give you a memorable rock climbing experience.

Some people go to Sezibwa purposely to visit the traditional healers, who have different shrines where people camp for days or overnight depending on their request as they seek blessings and the removal of curses from their ancestors through the traditional doctors.

The worshipers believe the falls have supernatural powers that connect them to their ancestors so they can receive long life, defeat of their enemies, and wealth among their many needs.

There is also a prominent shrine called “Mbuga ya Musoke,” where they claim to have a resident python known as Nalongo with a traditional healer who performs ceremonies for those seeking love, children, business success, or a good harvest.

From bird watching, rock climbing, waterfall showers, shrine visits, and animal sightings, there is never a dull moment at Sezibwa Falls.

According to Mugyenyi Robert, the traditional herbalist at the Sezibwa Falls, there are many people who go to Sezibwa to seek healing for multiple illnesses, and he can confirm that many people have testified to complete healing after using traditional herbs for medication.

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