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Mount Elgon National Park is one of the splendid parks in Uganda and considerably the least visited compared to others. A visit to this park on Uganda safaris guarantees you authentic African wilderness experiences. Mt Elgon National Park is found in Eastern Uganda and a portion of it is shared by Kenya. From Kampala, this protected area is accessible about 5 hours’ drive.

Mt Elgon National Park has existed as one of Uganda safari parks since 1992 when it became a national park. Today, this park sits in an area of 1121sq.kms and takes its name from Mt. Elgon, one of the extinct volcanoes in Uganda. This volcano had its last eruption about 24 million years ago and rises about 4321m with Wagagai being its highest peak. Wagagai peak is ranked 8th highest peak in Africa and Mt. Elgon covers about 4000sq.kms.

Wildlife in Mt. Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park isn’t only a home to the world’s largest volcanic base but also protects diversity of wildlife that tourists on Uganda safari come to explore. The park is endowed with diversity of wildlife including forest elephants, primates (especially the blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys), duikers, buffaloes; unique flora ranging from Elgon olive trees, giant lobelia, giant podocarpus, groundsel.

Birds in Mt. Elgon National Park Uganda

Mt. Elgon National Park is remarkably a birder’s paradise, sheltering an estimated bird species of about 300. This makes it one of the most sought-after birding sites in Uganda with incredible bird check-list like Jackson’s Francolin, Lammergeyers, Tacazze sunbird, African goshawk, Bronze naped pigeons, Golden winged sunbirds, black and casqued hornbill, Baglafetch weavers.

Activities in Mt. Elgon National Park Uganda

Volcano climbing

Majority of the tourists on Uganda safari to Mt. Elgon National Park come primarily to engage in a thrilling hike to Wagagai Peak of Mount Elgon. Hikers explore different trails with the shortest being the Sasa Trail. This trail is however considerably the one of the toughest paths but it leads climbers to magnificent peaks. On a hike through Sasa trail, you will navigate through Bamasaba farming settlements and stand a chance to explore the unique cultures in the area. The Sasa trail may require you 4 days to make a complete hike and hikes start at Budadiri.

Other trails include Sipi trail taking hikers 4 to 6 days, approximately 56kms starting at altitude of 2050m at Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre. There is also Piswa trail, 49kms ushering hikers through the Kapkwata village on the Northern side of Mt. Elgon.

Birding

Mt. Elgon National Park is one of the interesting and important birding areas in Uganda worth visiting for birding tours. The park is blessed with diversity of birdlife and most importantly, the golden winged sunbirds, Tacazze sunbird, African blue flycatchers, bronze naped pigeons, Jackson’s Francolins, black and white casqued hornbills.

Abseiling

Abseiling is one thrilling experience Mt. Elgon National Park has to offer the world. It is carried out on the cliffs at Sipi Falls. It involves you dropping about 100m while enjoying jaw-dropping views of the ridge near the pool and then you ascend to the top.

Hiking to the Sipi Falls

A Uganda tour to Mt. Elgon National Park isn’t complete without a hike to the triple falls/Sipi Falls. You can take part on our 2 days Sipi falls tour or 3 days Sipi Falls safari. The lowest of these triple falls is 75m, then 85m and finally the highest is 100m. You can reach these falls via Budadiri trail.

On Uganda safari in Mt. Elgon National Park, there is also opportunity for you to engage in other activities like Agro-tourism, Sipi coffee experience, rock climbing, camping.

Best time to visit Mt. Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon National Park welcomes tourists on Uganda safari all year-round. It experiences favorable weather and climatic conditions but the most ideal time to go on a safari is during the dry season. This is from June to September and December to February. It is the peak season and the ideal period to go volcano hiking.

Safaris to Mt. Elgon National Park are also possible during the rainy or wet or low season though heavy rains are recorded during this period. The rainy months of the year in Mt. Elgon National Park occur from March to May and October to November.

Accommodation

Some of the best accommodation you should expect to check in for overnight stay in Mt. Elgon National Park include Mount Elgon Hotel and Spa, Sipi River Lodge, Mount Elgon View Hotel, Lacam Lodge, Mbale Resort Hotel.

How to get to Mt. Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon National Park is 235kms away from Kampala capital city of Uganda. It is reachable from Kampala along Jinja highway via Mabira Forest Reserve. Get to Mbale then connect on Mbale-Kapchorwa road where you can have access to various trails

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