About 30 minutes north of Malava is the village of Webuye (WAY-BOO-YAY). Webuye, in my mind, is known for two things, one of them is absolutely gorgeous while the other is absolutely disgusting. Webuye is home to the stunning Webuye Falls, but unfortunately it is also home to the Pan Paper Factory and also a sewage treatment plant. The falls are breathtaking beautiful and provide a relaxing retreat from the busy marketplace, while the pollution from the factory and treatment plant produce one of the worst smells on earth. The smell is a cross between car exhaust, burning rotten trash, and an overflowing pit latrine. It is mind-boggling that Webuye’s residents would tolerate such a foul stink in their community, but then again, I suppose they don’t have any power over the rich businesses in their village and furthermore, many of it’s residents are employed at either the factory or treatment plant. Fortunately, the falls are some distance from the village center and are isolated from the dreadful smell of appalling air pollution.
From the falls there are many tributaries that go in many directions
Behind the main falls are a series of smaller falls
In some spots, you can cross the river on a foot path of stones
The still water is very beautiful, but is also home to some crocodiles
From the marketplace, I hired a boda-boda, or bicycle taxi, to take me up the rocky path to the falls. The distance is only about a half-mile, but the terrain can be slightly challenging for a bicycle not built for off-road. For this reason, I had to pay double the standard taxi fee and what’s more I had to get off the bicycle and walk when the path became too difficult. Nevertheless, I gladly paid the 200 Ksh ($2.85 USD) round trip fee to spend a day at the falls. The boda-boda rider’s name was Joseph and he offered to be my tour guide for the day to show me around.
Webuye is a relaxing retreat from the busy marketplace
Local village children play in small caves formed by the huge rocks
The scenic rapids
The tropical landscapes
The main falls cannot compare to Niagara, but even still they are somewhat large and can be seen and heard from some distance. Where Webuye is lacking in size in comparison to Niagara, it makes up in serenely beautiful green tropical landscapes. Behind the main falls, huge stones dominate the countryside creating a series of smaller falls and rapids that give the feeling of peacefulness and tranquilly. There are even scenes of still water that make you want to spend an afternoon lying on the banks. The lazy stream is so inviting that children will often bath or go swimming it’s calming waters. But as Joseph, my guide, told me, “You have to watch out for the crocodiles!”
The stunning Webuye Falls!