Mount Elgon National Park, located on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Named after Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano that once stood higher than Kilimanjaro, the park spans 1,279 square kilometers and offers a diverse range of activities, from hiking and climbing to birdwatching and cultural tours. The park’s diverse ecosystems, breathtaking landscapes, and rich biodiversity make it a must-visit destination.

Why Visit Mount Elgon National Park?
Hiking and Trekking: Mount Elgon is a hiker’s paradise, offering a variety of trails that cater to different fitness levels. The most popular trek is the climb to Wagagai Peak, the highest point at 4,321 meters. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including montane forests, bamboo zones, and moorlands, culminating in panoramic views from the summit.

Sipi Falls: The park is home to the stunning Sipi Falls, a series of three waterfalls that cascade down the slopes of Mount Elgon. The area around Sipi Falls is perfect for hiking, rock climbing, and abseiling. The picturesque scenery provides excellent photography opportunities and a serene environment for relaxation.

Caving Adventures: Mount Elgon has several caves, such as the Kitum, Makingeny, and Chepnyali caves, formed by ancient lava tubes. These caves are historically significant and were once used by indigenous communities. Exploring these caves offers a fascinating glimpse into the geological history and cultural heritage of the region.

Bird Watching: With over 300 bird species, Mount Elgon National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Notable species include the Jackson’s francolin, the black-collared apalis, and the endangered lammergeier. The varied habitats of the park support a rich avian diversity, making it an excellent destination for birding.

Rich Biodiversity: The park’s diverse ecosystems support a wide range of flora and fauna. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot animals such as elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, and various primates. The park is also known for its unique plant species, including giant lobelias and groundsels.

Cultural Encounters: The park is surrounded by the Bagisu and Sabiny communities, offering visitors a chance to engage with local cultures. Cultural tours include traditional dance performances, visits to local farms, and participation in coffee processing. The Imbalu circumcision ceremony, a significant cultural event for the Bagisu people, provides a unique cultural experience.




Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Mount Elgon National Park is during the dry seasons from June to August and December to March. During these periods, the trails are less muddy, making hiking and trekking more enjoyable. However, the park’s beauty and activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Accommodation Options
Mount Elgon National Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets:

Luxury Lodges: Enjoy comfort and excellent service at lodges such as Sipi River Lodge, which offers stunning views and luxurious amenities.
Mid-Range Lodges: These lodges provide comfort and quality service at a more affordable price. Options include Noah’s Ark Hotel and Lacam Lodge.
Budget Options: For budget-conscious travelers, there are campsites and budget lodges like Crow’s Nest Rest Camp and Forest Exploration Centre, offering affordable yet comfortable stays.
Getting There
Mount Elgon National Park is accessible by both road and air:

By Road: The park is about 4-5 hours’ drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The journey takes you through scenic countryside and small towns.
By Air: Domestic flights are available from Entebbe International Airport to Soroti or Mbale airstrips, which are close to the park. From the airstrips, it’s a short drive to the park’s entrances.
Travel Tips
Permits: If you plan on climbing to Wagagai Peak or engaging in certain activities, ensure you secure the necessary permits in advance through the Uganda Wildlife Authority or licensed tour operators.
Packing Essentials: Pack light clothing for daytime, warm clothing for cooler evenings, sturdy hiking boots, waterproof gear, insect repellent, and a good camera. For high-altitude trekking, bring specialized equipment and consult with your tour operator.
Health Precautions: Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and carry anti-malarial medication. Travel insurance that covers adventure activities is advisable.
Mount Elgon National Park offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural experiences. Whether you’re trekking to the summit of Wagagai Peak, exploring the caves, or enjoying the scenic beauty of Sipi Falls, the park promises an adventure that’s both thrilling and enriching. Discover the volcanic wonders of Uganda and create unforgettable memories at Mount Elgon National Park.

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Tour details

  • Tour Type Impression
  • Categories African Safari Vacation Destination
  • Capital Kampala
  • Language English
  • Time Zone UTC-4
  • Calling code +256