ARUU FALLS.

August 29, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Located at 388 km from Kampala, the exhilarating Aruu falls are situated in northern Uganda along Gulu - Kitgum highway in Pader District. The falls are only 54.8 km away from Gulu city and 60.9 km from Kitgum town via Gulu-Kitgum Road. 

Aruu waterfalls are good to look at and so amazing as you view them from the bottom. These waterfalls simply offer breathtaking scenery because different parts get better as you hike and move around. Swimming is allowed because the waters are clean and free from diseases like bilharzia, though swimming is at your own risk.

It is important to know that rocks are slippery as one slopes down so visitors are advised to be ready and flexible enough to move bare footed. This activity of hiking the falls is not recommended for the elderly, infants and physically disabled. 

These waterfalls offer memorable moments as you get to encounter the descending and thrilling waters which give excellent views to the eyes. This is one of the enchanting activities that can be done as one is heading on to visit Kidepo national game park. The falls are divided up in several streams that offer breathtaking views like the Ryanga, Awilo yaa, Akweyo, Wang Okiye, Lacee, Okello Gem among others that flow from the rocks. 

These falls are not common but they truly offer breathtaking and enthralling moments that are remarkable and unforgettable which is worth one’s money and time. 

Visiting these falls needs a full day trip safari, you are advised not to carry mobile phones or heavy staff as they might weigh you down and end up sliding. 

OTHER THINGS TO DO AT ARUU FALLS

Community walks: Get onto a guided nature walk and have a chance to learn about the people of the area. Various tree species as well as birds, butterflies and some other animals can be spotted during the guided walks. Feel free to participate in community activities such as harvesting food stuffs, getting to interact and talk with the elders. One can get to visit the local markets and buy some food stuffs and crafts. 

Swimming: These waters are clean and free from diseases hence good and healthy for swimming but one is advised to swim at their own risk because the place is full of rocks. If you are not an expert in swimming, please choose not to swim as it might be dangerous. 

Rock climbing: Rock climbing against the flow is one of the rewarding activities that one is able to do although they seem to be slippery because of the water that flows on them. This activity gives you chills but only experienced fit climbers are advised to take part in this activity during the dry seasons when the rocks are less slippery. 

Visits to the local markets: These local markets always have fresh food products which one is able to support the community members by buying a few items like the passion fruits, watermelons among other fruits. 

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