MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK
Mountain Elgon is the most ancient yet largest standing volcano in the whole of East Africa and the 8th highest of Africa’s Mountains being protected by 2 National Parks. It lies on the border of Uganda and Kenya and stands up to 4321 meters high offering very scenic views and good hiking opportunities.
On its 3500sq. km terrain are various plants ranging from odd giant lobelia to mountain forests, hot springs, spectacular waterfalls, various birds and caves.
MOUNT ELGON HIKING TOUR
Mountain Elgon can reached from either Uganda or Kenya, but Wagagai -its highest peak at 4321m is found in Uganda. Regardless of the altitude, the mountain is not very challenging to climb and does not necessitate any special mountaineering gadgets.
There are 5 main peaks in this park:
Wagagai at 4,321m
Sudek at 4,302m
Koitobos at 4,222m
Mubiyi at 4,211m
Masaba at 4,161m
Elgon’s caldera is one of the largest intact calderas in the world.
FACTS ABOUT MOUNT ELGON WILDLIFE & BIRDS
- The mountain holds about 24 mammal among which are the black & white colobus, buffalo, blue monkeys, leopard, De Brazza’s monkey and sitatunga.
- There are over 300 bird species among which are forest birds and some endemics like the moorland francolin, Hunter’s cristicola, marsh widowbird, Alpine chat, moustached green tinkerbird and the bearded vulture of which 12 of these can’t be found in any other place.
- The Kitum Cave is a more of a lava tube more than 60 meters wide and about 200 meters long. It is prominent for its elephants that visit the area to lick at the salt which they scrape from the wall using their long tusks.
- The Sipi Waterfalls are a very stunning series of 3 waterfalls which is depicted by many people as the most spectacular waterfall in the whole of Uganda.
Hiking is the main attraction at Elgon. Day and four day hikes across the peaks are superb.
The lower slopes are fine throughout the year.