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. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared by UNESCO a 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 best times to climb the Mountains is during the dry seasons of JUN – AUG and DEC – MAR. Rain gear, cool and warm clothing are required as the Mountains are subject to sudden weather changes.
DAY 1: Depart from your hotel in Kampala at 700Am and drive 235 Kms to Mbale in the Eastern part of Uganda with a stopover in Mabira forest, Jinja source of the Nile, Lunch and photography in places of interest. You can go to the viewpoint through Nabuyoga loop where you can see Jackson summit and Wagagai peak. Arrive at the Hotel and check in, have supper and overnight.
DAY 2: Have a hearty breakfast at 7:00Am and thereafter drive to Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre for one of the many nature walks. You could combine the 7km bamboo trail to Kapkwai Cave with the 3km ridge trek to the beautiful Chebonet Falls. Or take the full-day hike moving through tropical and bamboo forest to the Tutum Cave. You will see primates, birds and wonderful flora such as the Elgon tik and Elgon olive. Arrive at the Campsite for Lunch and relax at leisure. Have entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 3: Have breakfast and thereafter take a long or short community-organized walk to Sipi Falls. For a different view of this magnificent cascade, how about abseiling alongside the 1st waterfall? Keen anglers can try their hand on fishing at the 3rd waterfall. Arrive at the Campsite for Lunch, relaxation, entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 4: Have breakfast at 7:00am and thereafter discover the local culture! Visit the Sipi Widows Group for a guided walk around the coffee plantation as you learn how to plant coffee, pick, grind, store and clean the beans. Along the way, you will meet the residents, learn about life of the Sabiny people and participate in traditional weaving. African cooking demonstrations will give you the chance to prepare and taste traditional dishes. You may also hike from Budadiri to the Mudange cliffs, known as the “walls of death”, at the boundary of the national park and arrive at the Campsite for Lunch and relaxation. Have entertainment, supper and overnight.
DAY 5: Have breakfast at 8:00Am and check-out from the Lodge for return to Kampala with a stopover enroute in Jinja for Lunch, shopping of Art, Crafts and photography in places of interest before being dropped at your Hotel in Kampala.