Mount Elgon Trek
Mount Elgon, a dead stratovolcano, is solitary located on the border of Uganda and Kenya and surrounded by two national parks including Mount Elgon National Park. The view you have during the various walking tours is truly stunning. During this trip you will explore a small part of this beautiful area (total 3,500 km²) in which several rivers also have their origins. Also the high areas have special vegetation consisting of olive and Podocarpus gracilior forests, a bamboo alpina zone and even moors with heather Erica arborea, tussock grasses and various herbs. To climb mount Elgon you do need some climbing experience and a good condition.
Beautiful nature on Mount Elgon
On the fifth day of your trip you will reach the highest peak: the Wagagai Peak (4,321m). After a good night's sleep, start the next day on the descent to Kajere Camp (3,383m). During the descent you will have time to stand still and enjoy the many waterfalls, gorges, rock plateaus and various craters that you sit/pass. After six days of hiking you can give your legs some rest and visit the Sipi Falls. Located on the edge of Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls consists of three impressive waterfalls. Due to the mild climate, this is a pleasant place to stay and, if you still have energy left, plenty of activities to undertake. You will end this sporting trip with a visit to the historic town of Jinja, where many have already been looking for the sources of the always enchanting Nile.
Tips & Tops Mount Elgon ascent:
- From high altitudes you have a beautiful view of the two national parks adjacent to Mount Elgon
- In lower areas you can encounter elephants and buffaloes
- Mount Elgon is an attractive area for birds: over 300 species can be found here
- In Jinga you can raft, take walks, see the waterfalls and visit the origins of the Nile
- Visit also the famous Sipi Arabica Coffee farm