The journey to Northern Uganda is always an eventful one if you choose to spend a night in Gulu. The Tulambule Uganda campaign team (House of DJs, Uganda Tourism Board
After a delicious dinner, Joel Jemba had an awesome idea of how to make the parking lot of the hotel our playground. I had no idea how light painting was done until this night. Boy! I almost picked my jaw off the ground as Joel went on with his magic.
There is a calmness about this town, I thought to myself. Little did I know, I was about to get a taste of its vibrancy when someone suggested we go to BJ’s (interesting name choice, I know 😂). Five minutes walk from the hotel, there it was and I could hear Burna Boy’s song “on the low” so clearly. After making my way inside, I realized why it was the best hangout spot in town. These guys don’t play around with their music selection, I literally danced to 80% of the jams they played and their drinks are very affordable.
As I caught my breath, I told a friend I met there about how we are heading to Aruu falls the next day and she said, “Please make sure you spell it right, people tend to put the first “u” at the end.”
Aruu Falls which is located in Pader district, about 47 kilometers out of Gulu town, is absolutely stunning. The way the water gushes down the gigantic rocks, the sound of the water drop, the terrain, everything about it is just therapeutic, to say the least.
There I was, standing at the edge of the cliff taking in this vast beauty when I heard people say “Golola, do it again.” The kickboxing champion was busy doing push-ups next to the falls and when the warm-up was done Golola took his seat under the waterfalls and enjoyed a cold shower by nature.
After a 15 minute descent, we got to the foot of the falls, that’s when it all sunk in; this is Wakanda, the backdrop of the bare rocks looked like it’s straight out of the Marvel franchise.
For those who could swim this was their ideal water temperature and it didn’t take long enough before people started jumping in. I think the water also had life-giving nutrients because of what transpired next. It felt like everybody became a model all of a sudden.😅 I will let these astounding photos speak for themselves.
To fully capture the allure of these falls one has to travel when it’s rainy because in the dry season, the water drastically reduces that’s why we were able to pass on the rocks and take some “fire” photos in places which would have otherwise been submerged in water. The amazing bit about the dry season is you also get to see the beauty of the naked rocks. These gigantic rocks give off a breathtaking view.
I have always been amazed by how different tribes have different cultures, so you can imagine my amusement when we made it back to the campsite and found traditional dancers ready to put on a show. We were treated to the Larakaraka and Bwola dance among others. Those who still had enough energy in their tanks joined in on the action while some of us tried to capture the moment with our gadgets.