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What To Know About Mt Elgon National Park

Created with Sketch. On the Eastern border with Kenya near Mbale
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Duration

3 days 2 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Park at a glance

Size: Mt Elgon national park is about 1,121km²

This extinct volcano is one of Uganda’s oldest physical features, first erupting around 24 million years ago.

Mt Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Millennia of erosion have reduced its height to 4,321m, relegating it to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th on the continent.

Mt Elgon is home to two tribes, the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the marginalized Ndorobos forced to dwell deep within the forest of Benet.

The Bagisu, also known as the BaMasaba, consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.

Mt Elgon Mountains

At 4,000km²  Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.

Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer.  The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area that has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.

A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² calderas.

Getting there
3-4 hours from Kampala to Mbale (along Kampala – Jinja Road). The trailhead at Budadiri is only 20km from Mbale and is accessible by public transport.

What to do.
Day walks within the Mount Elgon Forest Exploration Centre, mountain climbing, and hikes. Bird watching and the breathtaking Sipi Falls are definitely worth a visit.

When to visit
Throughout the year especially during the drier seasons (January – March, and June – August).

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mountain climbing
  • visit sipi falls
  • Eco tourism

Itinerary

Included/Excluded

  • 3x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner - Buffet dinner
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Air Ticket
  • All Personal needs unless Specified

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Created with Sketch. On the Eastern border with Kenya near Mbale

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