This 4 days Mount Elgon Hiking safari Uganda leads you to Mount Elgon National Park in Eastern Uganda. Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya, north of Kisumu and west of Kitale. The mountain’s highest point, named “Wagagai”, is located entirely within Uganda.
Although there is no verifiable evidence of its earliest volcanic activity, geologists estimate that Mount Elgon is at least 24 million years old, making it the oldest extinct volcano in East Africa. Its vast form, 80 kilometres (50 mi) in diameter, rises 3,070 metres (10,070 ft) above the surrounding plains. Its cooler heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below, and its higher altitudes provide a refuge for flora and fauna.
Mt. Elgon consists of five major peaks:
- Wagagai (4,321 metres (14,177 ft)), in Uganda
- Sudek (4,302 metres (14,114 ft)) on the Kenya/Uganda border
- Koitobos (4,222 metres (13,852 ft)), a flat-topped basalt column in Kenya
- Mubiyi (4,211 metres (13,816 ft)) in Uganda
- Masaba (4,161 metres (13,652 ft)) in Uganda
The mountain soils are red laterite. The mountain is the catchment area for the several rivers such as the Suam River, which becomes the Turkwel downstream and drains into Lake Turkana, and the Nzoia River and the Lwakhakha River, which flow to Lake Victoria. The town of Kitale is in the foothills of the mountain. The area around the mountain is protected by two Mount Elgon National Parks, one on each side of the international border.
Some rare plants are found on the mountain, including Ardisiandra wettsteinii, Carduus afromontanus, Echinops hoehnelii, Ranunculus keniensis, and Romulea keniensis. Mount Elgon and its tributaries are home to four tribes, the Bagisu, the Sapiinjak, the Sabaot, also known as the Elgon Masai, and the Ogiek, better known in the region under the derogatory umbrella term Ndorobo.
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 which 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 caldera.
The 4 days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari will take you to Eastern Uganda where you will engage in mountain trekking and visiting Sipi falls. Whether it be hiking to Wagagai peak, watching the sunrise from atop Sipi falls or any adventure, with SunTrack Adventures you will surely have an amazing experience.
- Game Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Mountain Hiking
- Rock Climbing
- Sport fishing
- Nature and Hiking walks
- Water Falls
- Mountain Biking
- Agro-tourism, Cultural encounters and Community trails
Day 1: Kampala to Mount Elgon National Park
Leave Kampala for Mount Elgon with your driver guide after a briefing. Mount Elgon is situated in Eastern Uganda on the Ugandan and Kenyan border. The Mountain covers the biggest surface areas of all the extinct volcanoes in the whole world. Mt Elgon is gifted with the most magnificent waterfalls, eye-catching caves, cliffs and gorges in the entire country.
Have a stopover in Mbale for lunch. Upon arrival you will take a walk to and around the Sipi falls which are regarded as Uganda’s romantic falls. Return, have diner and overnight.
Day 2: Forest discovery at Kapkwai Trail
Be up so early in the morning, after breakfast; leave the lodge with packed lunch as you embark on touring the forest. Visit Kapkwai at the exploration centre and there you could decide to go through the Mountain Bamboo trail which is 7km long, so take a loop through as you will be able to visit the gorge and its southern edge and also the gentle river, it is truly a great experience. Return back later and have Dinner and Overnight.
Day 3: Sasa Trail
After breakfast, proceed for a whole day of hiking through the Sasa trail, here you will be able to clearly see the moorland as well as the amazing landscapes from a higher altitude. Enjoy your packed lunch and return back for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Nature Walk & Return Trip to Kampala
Take a tasty breakfast thereafter go for a brief forest walk. Later proceed back to Kampala, having lunch along the way this will mark the end of this safari.
Prices for this 4 days Mount Elgon Hiking safari start from 750 USD per person for 2 people!
(For one person and more than 2 people contact us for a quote)
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- An English speaking full-time professional guide/driver
- All park entry fees
- Accommodation- Full board while on safari
- Transport (in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle)
- Hiking fees
- Touring and Photography
- Lunches enroute
- Ranger guide
- Bottled drinking water
- Accommodation facilities while in Kampala hotels
- Any optional or extra activity not involved in the itinerary
- International flights
- Other personal expenses like buying of crafts, cigars, souvenirs, tips, laundry services, and drinks
- Jinja city tour
- White Water Rafting
- Horse Riding tours
- Quad Biking rural tour
- Bungee Jumping
- Mabira Forest Tour
- Karamoja Culture Experience