Aruu falls are located in Northern Uganda in Pader District along the Gulu – Kitgum road. It is approximately 47 kms from Gulu and 57 kms from Kitgum and about 386 kms as one comes from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. On Agagura town just after Aswa bridge, the spectacular Aruu falls are about 15 minutes drive on dusty road. These water falls are one of the places you must visit for a breathtaking experience. The magnificent falls looks so amazing as the water falls over the rocks as you view from the bottom.
The stunning Aruu falls is an eye catching where by one part of the waterfall gets better than the other as you make a hike around. A Visit to these water falls is only beautiful on a day adventure in Pader, the water looks so clean for people to swim but you swim on your own risk as the disclaimer is clear. However, Visitors to falls should bare it in mind that rocks are slippery as one slopes down and be ready to remove the shoes to be able to cross the river on bare foot. Again it’s advisable to be careful with phones and cameras in case you have to take them along. This activity is not recommended for very old people, disabled and very young children.
At Aruu falls, there are two campsites one of the two has basic rooms where visitors can spend the night or you can pitch the tent and camp for a night but you should not expect perfect/good service. For visitors who need descent and nice accommodation, you may consider staying in Kitgum town, try at Fugley’s Guest House, Kitgum Royal Hotel, Bomah hotel, Acaki Lodge and Pleasant lodge or while in Gulu town, try either at Bomah hotel Gulu, Churchill Courts Hotel, Acholi Inn, Dich Comfort Hotel, Hotel Aluku Deluxe, Jojo’s Palace Annex and many others.
The Aruu falls and nearby campsites are not much developed but just nice for a day visit. You need to make this stop and take this adventurous visit to the amazing water falls on your way to Kidepo valley national park or while on your way from Kidepo or Kitgum as an activity on your travel itinerary.
Accessing the falls by car, you need to know that, a good working 4WD Vehicle is recommended. This is because, the road is narrow and can be slippery especially when it rains. Visitors to Aruu falls are Expected to pay entrance fees. International adult visitors are charged worth about UGX. 20,000 =$ 06. East Africans and local Ugandan Adults are charged UGX. 10,000. From the Main road, Boda bodas (moto bikes) can take you to the 7 km Aruu falls at a cost between UGX.6000 -7000. The employees who work as escorts/ guides to the falls are available at the campsite and are friendly, always ready to welcome you and take you around for such amazing experience.