Mountain Elgon National Park, Mountain Climbing Safari Tours in Uganda
Mountain Elgon National Park is an extinct Volcano and one of Africa’s Highest Mountains located in the Eastern Part of Uganda between two different borders i.e Uganda and Kenya.
It elevates 4,321 meters making it the 4th highest in East Africa and 8th in the whole of Africa.
There are two different tribes around the stunning National park and these include; the Bagisu and Sabiny who can be encountered and experienced by all kinds of travelers from all over the globe.
It covers an area of 4,000 km² with a vast volcanic base in the world 80 km in diameter with stunning Flora and Fauna that can be viewed by all that get to the Park.
There are about 300 different species of birds that inhabit the forest vegetation around the park including the endangered Lammergeyer in the higher regions of the Mountain.
The most prominent safari attractions in the Park is Wagagai Peak at 4321 meters and the stunning Caldera of 40 km2 , Salt Caves where the Savannah Elephants usually transfer to supplement their diet, Green Vegetation, Sipi Falls and Nkokenjeru Ridge and Wanale.
For all travelers interested in Mountain Climbing and stunning Wildlife Adventures in Uganda should not miss out on visiting the incredible Mountain Elgon National Park on holiday vacation Tour in Uganda.
Location of Mountain Elgon National Park
Mountain Elgon National Park is located 140 kms (87 mi) North East of Lake Victoria between two borders i.e the Ugandan and Kenyan and a relevant water catchment area of River Nzoia that flows to Lake Victoria and River Turkwel which flows to Lake Turkana.
How to get to mountain Elgon National Park
Mountain Elgon National Park can be accessed by road as you transfer from Kampala/ Entebbe International Airport Via Jinja Town to Mbale then to the Western Base of Mountain Elgon before proceeding to Kapchorwa on the Mountain’s North Western edge. Follow the dirt Roads off the Mbale-Kapchorwa road.
When to Visit Mountain Elgon National Park
Mountain Elgon National Park can be visited by travelers any time around the year although the Best Time to Visit the Park is during the dry season in the months of June-August and December-March since during this time, the trails are dry and navigable.
Activities to do at Mountain Elgon National Park
Travelers planning to transfer to Mountain Elgon National Park in Uganda can involve in various safari activities depending on their various tastes and preferences and these include;
Mountain Climbing is the most prominent Safari Activity carried out at Mountain Elgon National Park along the stunning Mountain Elgon which can be hiked for 4 Days.
You will transfer along various trails to the top i.e Wagagai Peak watching stunning vegetation terrain, moorland and small wildlife as well as birds. The Trails to the top of Mountain Elgon include;
- Sasa trail
- Sipi Trail
- Piswa Trail
Bird Watching is also another safari activity travelers can experience while on Holiday Tour at Uganda’s Mountain Elgon National Park.
There are various species of Birds that can be seen here and these include; the Hartlaub’s Turaco, Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Dusky-Turtle Dove, African Hill Babbler, Alpine Chat, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Thick-billed Honey guide, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike and the endangered Lammergyer. You can as well as transfer on a nature walk to the Sipi Falls Trail which will offer you sightings at many species.
Rock Climbing is also another safari activity carried out in the Park around the Sipi Falls Area and this requires no Hiking experience as it can be done by all kinds of interested travelers from all over the globe.
It is a guided and supervised activity to ensure safety of the climbers. For all travelers interested in rock climbing ought not to miss.
Mountain Biking/ Cycling
Mountain Biking/ Cycling is also another very prominent Safari activity carried out in the Park and these are in the Sipi Falls Area offering travelers unique experiences with Nature as well as sightings at the Sipi Falls.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Mountain Elgon National Park is also a very ideal destination for all nature lovers as they transfer from one trail to another viewing nature, birds and stunning vegetation terrain. There are various trails for example the walk to the top of the stunning Sipi Falls which offers you stunning scenic views at the vegetation and waterfalls.
Sport Fishing/ Angling
Sport Fishing at Mountain Elgon National Park is carried out at the third waterfall of Sipi Falls and this is aimed at catching the rare stunning Rainbow Sprout. All travelers are advised to carry their own fishing equipment however; this gear can also be hired from Sipi River Lodge.
Cultural Encounters at Mountain Elgon National Park are very adventurous and enjoyable requiring you to experience the Local communities that stay around the Park. You will visit the Budadiri Community where you will be welcomed and entertained as you engage in various activities like preparation of food, farming, weaving, etc.
You will also visit the Bagisu who will inform you more about their cultural traditions and Customs. Transfer to visit these communities to enjoy the best Cultural Tours in Uganda.