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A different god for each situation at Ssezibwa falls

These are to the Baganda part of their history, culture and traditional belief all these are much more than a mere waterfall.

The baganda are Uganda’s largest ethnicity and they hold their values and culture close.

Ssezibwa Falls is located Mukono district, 41 kilometers outside Kampala towards Jinja.

While some people come here to worship and sacrifice to their gods, Christians also come to seek God in worship and at times baptism is done here.

There is a belief among the baganda that there is a different god for every situation, for example Ddungu is the god of hunting, Walumbe is the god of sickness and death Bulamu is the god of life,Kibuuka is the god of war , Musisi is the god of earthquakes , Mukasa for good health , wealth and fertility while Musoke is the god of rain.

Therefore one will go and pray at the spot where the god is believed to while they sacrifice items such as eggs, coffee beans and local brew.

In local tradition the story of the two rivers that spring from Ssezibwa falls has it that Nakangu; the woman who was to give birth to twins, gave birth to two rivers instead. The locals still believe that the spirits of Nakangu's unborn twins inhabit the waters of the falls/ Twin Rivers.

In the local tradition there was a woman Nakangu who was to give birth to twins instead gave birth to twins.

The locals still believe that the spirits of Nakangu’s unborn twins inhabit the waters of the rivers Ssezibwa and Mobeya. While Mobeya flows into the river Nile ssezibwa flows into Lake Kyoga .

The falls are about seven meters high and they emerge from the rocky grounds falling deep into a kind of oasis water collection surface, before draining in River Ssezibwa, leaving at the back a breezy environment enjoyable to total leisure and relaxation. The falls are also the panorama for a collection of tropical birds, ideal for bird watchers, butterfly watching and relaxing in environmentally forested areas.

At Ssezibwa, hissing sounds from the waterfalls welcomes you to this natural atmosphere. Ssezibwa is a local idiom implying “something endless”

The good-looking and sacred Ssezibwa Falls have long been one of the favorite natural reserves for Buganda’s Kabakas [kings]

Ssekabaka Mwanga II planted a giant tree at the site to demonstrate his respect and high esteem he had for the wonderful Ssezibwa Falls and Muteesa II planted another tree at the same place, an act of reverence too. Both trees are regarded as sacred gifts from the Kabakas. And this reason and the wonderful nature of the falls, many people flock the area for blessings for wealth and prosperity, marriage stability and general fortunes in their daily social lives.

There is also a forest which is home to various species of birds .

The falls drops down with such force it creates a white water backdrop.


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20 something old female with a with a passion for sports especially rugby , cricket , soccer, hockey , basketball and all that sport is made of I enjoy my travels around my East Africa region . I also have a passion for photography especially travel and the never ending desire to experiment with my camera has made me fall in love with wedding photography especially traditional weddings in Uganda. We enjoy doing similar things



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