Have morning breakfast and set off to the East, stopping over at Ham Mukasa Museum. This is a site north of Mukono town where there is a house built by Ham Mukasa in 1906. Ham Mukasa was a survivor of the religious killings of the 1880s, was a distinguished actor who attended the coronation of King Edward VII in Britain in 1902. He founded some of the best schools in Uganda and produced a daughter who later became Queen of Buganda.
The museum showcases artefacts that portray the legacy of Ham (1868-1956). Some of this history is kept in hand-written and dated books and letters in which he wrote minutes of meetings, his letters to Captain Sir Daudi Chwa II, Buganda’s king between 1897 and 1939, as well as to British royals. The relic of the car (an old Dodge K7835 model) which was used by Ham Mukasa is also at the museum and is functional – you can actually drive it! There is also the Ham Mukasa’s Library which contains all Ham Mukasa’s original documents. In the midst of the living room is his old piano which is still functional – and you can play it.
You will then proceed to Sesibwa Falls, a bout thirty minutes away from the museum. The site is marked with an out-span of sharp-edged rocks and the magnificent sound of soothing waters flowing down the steep ridged stones. According to traditional legend, the two rivers named Sezibwa and its brother Mubeya, were born by a woman on her way to Kavuma Bukunja around the time of the Christian biblical prophet Isaiah. The woman gave birth to twins in form of water, where upon Sezibwa flowed west, passing many obstacles and deriving its name, while Mubeya flowed east, toward Nyenga. Many people come to the place for miracles as they believe the site has supernatural powers. The water falls are 7 metres (23 ft) high and the harmony of bird songs above the trees creates a beautiful scenery for relaxation and enjoyment. Wildlife in the surrounding forest includes bush monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and other primates and birds.
From the falls, you will finally visit Mabira Eco-tourism site. This site is a great place for general forest walks and birding with over 8 interconnecting trails. There are 312 species of trees and shrubs, 315 species of birds, 30 species of mammals (including red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys) and over 200 species of butterflies. You will treated to a fascinating Zip line (Canopy walk) with six levels formed on very tall trees. This is real adventure! You will also be able to watch the striking waterfalls as they leave the forest and cross a section of bare granite rocks. The falls themselves come through a narrow, rocky canyon, cascade over 4 falls, and bottom out into a pool surrounded by towering trees.
If you wish, you will stay at community-managed bandas (Griffin Falls Camp) or a more luxurious privately owned forest lodge. The Griffin Falls Camp is owned by the Mabira Forest Integrated Community Organisation (MAFICO), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). The mission of MAFICO is to improve the livelihoods and welfare of the local communities by conserving the environment through development. MAFICO encourages stewardship of the forest by its surrounding communities through environmental, networking and mobilization of 30 Community Based Organisation and fundraising for sustainable and beneficial community projects. The proceeds from the camp are ploughed back to community projects like tree planting, HIV/AIDS positive living groups, water and sanitation, Education among others.