Mbale is the third largest city in Uganda – a bustling town in the green, rolling hills of eastern Uganda. The streets are full of minivan-taxis and boda bodas, bicycle taxis with multi-colored cushions on the back. The town is situated at the base of Mt. Elgon, the widest free-standing mountain in the world. Sipi Falls in the foothills of Mt Elgon, which has the largest base of any extinct volcano in the world, are spectacular waterfalls about an hour north of Mbale and make a beautiful half-day or full-day excursion. Most of the approximately 500 members of the Abayudaya community live sprinkled among green hills within several miles of Mbale. Most community members live around the Moses synagogue or the nearby synagogue in the village of Namanyonyi. Other community members live several miles on the other side of Mbale, in the flat land town known as Palisa, where there are two synagogues The Abayudaya Jews support themselves through subsis-tence farming, with the surrounding fields bursting with mango trees, sugar cane, banana trees and cassava.
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Places: Kampala (1 day) → Jinja & Nile (2) → Murchison Falls (3) → Lake Albert (1) → Kibale (2) → Queen Elizabeth (2) → Queen Elizabeth (1) → Bwindi (2) → Lake Mburo (2) → Entebbe (1)
Tour Highlights: Boat Ride and Mountain Biking, Clifftop Bungee Jumping, Craft Markets, Source of the Nile, Village Life...