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Bulambuli district (Mt. ELGON-Man and
Biosphere site UNESCO Inscribed)
SASA FALLS CULTURAL AND ECO TOURISM SITE
The Sasa Falls Cultural and Eco Tourism Site is located in Bumasobo Sub county, Bulambuli
District, about 30KM North East of Mbale Town. This site is within the Elgon region inscribed on
the UNESCO list of Man and his Biosphere.
The site boosts of water falls in the vicinity with an array of nature walks up the several hills that
mark the ascension to Mount Elgon.It has a camping site with tents capable of hosting over
twenty visitors this is the perfect destination for those who want to venture into climbing
mountain Elgon, or just to have a natural experience away from town enjoying the climbing andsite seeing of the several steep hills that surround the falls.There are also several olden caves on the sides of the several mountain ranges that gives you that spooky felling.
There is ongoing work to construct a community museum and multipurpose cultural centre with
a fully fledged accommodation area for income generation and training purposes. This will help
in promotion of our intercultural activities which we are organising bringing participating
volunteers closer to the communities we work with in this noble cause of protecting our cultures
The communities surrounding mount Elgon are friendly lot, eager to help and also offer a variety
of foodstuff and beverages which include, the prized Malewa (young dried Bamboo
shoots),fresh and organic vegetables, honey and of course the world best Arabica coffee. You
also have an opportunity to taste the local brew (Busela) and dance the Imbalu dance which
accompanies young men who are due for circumcision every even year. This experience will
never leave you the same again!
At 4000Km² Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya
border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form,80
km in diameter, rises more than 3000m above the surrounding pains. The mountain’s cool
heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for
flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered
Lammergeyer. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the
mountain side. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya,
creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO
Man and his Biosphere reserve.
Motivated Volunteers, communities around and other Stakeholders.
Duration of stay: 1 month to 1 year.
Participate in the on-going construction of the museum and living cottages, community outreach
programs on environment awareness, education, water and sanitation hygiene.
Study theme: Environment, culture, Education
Accommodation and food community house including tents on the museum site.
This is purely a local/village setting and most of the food stuff is the locally available Gishu style.
Uganda Voluntary Development Association will organise pickup for vols. from the airport as per
their schedule. Expense incurred from the pickup place (only city centre) is covered by UVDA
as part of the participation fee provided you arrive during office hours an extra fee shall be
levied on night arrivals. So volunteers are encouraged to communicate/confirm their arrival at least a week before departure for proper preparations.
Terminal: Entebbe International Airport or Bus terminals provided we get the details before
Meeting Point: Entry port, Entebbe International
Airport or Bus Terminal of your choice
depending on your travel schedule. Please communicate your travel itinerary and we advise.
Leisure Activities: National Parks, Cultural site, Nature Walks, Mountain Climbing. A climb on
Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit- oriented approach common to many mountains: The ultimate goal on reaching the top
of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast
Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes. Volunteers
accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the one month placement.
What is included in the participation fee?
Return transfers from the airport
Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)
Orientation, evaluation and monitoring
What is not included in the participation fee?
Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus tickets
Refreshments outside the project
Air ticket, Excursion, Visa and Insurance, Local travel
This fee is ONLY for monitoring, upkeep in host families and evaluation of the participants
while at the project. It also includes airport transportation, orientation, host family housing,
preparation and supervision, project participation certificate and An additional fee of $ 100 for
Special remarks: Participants will be asked to contribute for their volunteer permit. No smoking
is allowed at any of the work sites.
Basic condition and rules of UVDA work camps
Orientation is two days before departure to the project Accept basic living conditions like
accommodation, meals and others during the project
We encourage volunteers to be flexible/creative/cooperative while participating in the
On health UVDA can only provide first aid during the project but for emergencies we
advise you bring your own insurance with you.
English is an official language
All participants are required to arrive on the first day and stay till the last day of
All participants have responsibility to keep the rules of the project and finish the project
Be motivated and have open mind to different cultures throughout the project.
No illegal drugs are allowed in Uganda.
Volunteers are responsible for their personal expenses during the free time.
Esta beca tiene una cuota adicional, que deberás pagar antes de participar en el proyecto.
Esta beca cuenta con financiamiento para boleto de avión (VIVE FINANCE NO APLICA para beneficiarios de Programa Manos por el Mundo)
Adquiere tu seguro de viajero, VIVE ASSIST te ofrece tarifas preferenciales para adquirir tu seguro de viajero, asistencia de viaje 24/7, médica, personal y legal. Así mismo este programa te apoya a resolver todas las dudas sobre tus traslados al lugar donde fuiste aceptado, te dan orientación sobre vuelos, trenes y todo lo que necesites saber sobre tu viaje.