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“Hiking through Mabira Forest and chasing Griffin Falls”

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While my girl Carina was visiting last month, we took a trip to Jinja town via Mabira Forest to check out the activities at Griffin Falls Camp.

I went along with Carina, my mum and my aunt. Pressed for time, we left Kampala at about midday praying and hoping that we would be able to do all we wanted to do in just a few hours. My half-day bucket list included:

  1. Check out the Mabira Forest zip-lining
  2. Hike through Mabira Forest
  3. Marvel at Griffin Falls

As much as I’d been to Jinja town several times before, I’d never stopped to explore Mabira Forest along the way and so we were all pumped, excited and really looking forward.

We travelled through Lugazi and were struck by the amazing plantations and landscapes on the way to the camp, we must have spent way too much time fooling around and taking pictures on the way because before we knew it, we were lost and couldn’t quite figure out our way to Griffin Falls Camp. Thanks to GPS though and God given patience, we finally made it though. And thanks to good company, it was all fun, laughter and games. Plus, we purchased a few locally made wooden stools for keepsakes.


At the camp, we were welcomed and taken through the zip-lining process, how to do it and the necessary safety precautions. At this point, I wasn’t quite sure if I would zip-line or not but I decided to put on the gear just in case. Carina is an adventure junkie and has zip-lined several times before and so it was no big deal to her. I, on the other hand, couldn’t really say I had (except for that one time when I completed an adventure course in Busika that took a lot of courage. Read about that here ).

Let’s just say, only one of us completed the zip-lining course!

After watching Carina swing through the trees, the four of us continued our hike through Mabira Forest.  Never underestimate the power of the right footwear while you’re hiking, my mum and aunt learnt the hard way as the ground was slippery in some sections with a lot of narrow and uphill paths. It was all worth it though when we finally made it to the falls, hidden away in the forest. The sound alone of the gushing water coupled with that cool welcoming breeze makes me feel instantly refreshed, relaxed and at home. It’s the perfect spot for an evening picnic, surrounded by lush vegetation, rocks, chirping birds and all the other sights and sounds of Mother Nature.



There is a cute little wobbly bridge just over the waterfall that provides the perfect view. I did mention that it is wobbly right? Tread with care!

What do you like the most about waterfalls? What about forest hikes?

Do let me know in the comments below.

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  • Anne

    5 years ago

    Any reason they are called Griffin falls?

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      That’s an awesome question that I asked as well and unfortunately, didn’t get a good enough response. I say we start a petition to rename the falls as well as some of our most popular National Parks, with Ugandan names. What do you say? 🙂

  • Sidi

    5 years ago

    Zip lining is one of those cool activities that makes u walk with a spring in your step after. Now cant imagine syncing that with an alluring scenery. Definitely on the bucket list

    • khukyenda

      5 years ago


      For sure! ?
      The great part is I’ve made it easy for everyone else to experience it too here. Woop woop!

  • Kevin

    5 years ago

    Nice picture – definite must visit….

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