Mount Elgon National Park is a 4,321m high extinct volcano at Wagagai its highest peak, that first erupted more than 24 million years ago and in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Having a 50km by 80km area, Elgon is a great Uganda tour destination, possessing the largest surface area of any extinct Volcano in the world but 4th highest mountain in East Africa. This mountain straddles the Kenya border, but its highest peak Wagagai peak, (4321 m), lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Uganda side.
Things to do in Mount Elgon National Park.
Hiking the Mountain
The main tourist attraction for hikers on this mountain, is its spectacular scenery. The Mount Elgon area also offers to sight a variety of unique forest monkeys and small antelopes, along with huge elephants and buffaloes.
The unique Sipi waterfalls, ancient enormous stone-age cave paintings close to the Budadiri trail head, the scenic mountain peaks, the hot springs that bubble up at 4800c and gorges are to mention but some of the thrilling attraction the Elgon area has to offer. There are about 300 species in this area and this makes birding safaris quite popular.
The Elgon area has nine basic campsites to offer, located at strategic points along the trekking routes. Camping should only be done at designated campsites and tourists are advised to carry along with them all the required camping equipment.
Sipi Falls Hike
Sipi Falls is located a few kilo meters from Mbale, en-route to the Forest Exploration Centre and Kapkwata. Several trails in the area allow for intriguing day hikes through friendly local villages and beautiful farming country.
Seven rock-climbing routes are open at Nagudi rock, half-way between Mbale and Budadili. The routes are bolted, but climbers must bring their own rock-climbing equipment. Each climber pays to the local Parish treasurer.
The expeditious forest exploration center trail loop site that make one enjoy the cool mist at Che-bonet falls, the Kapkwai cave, as well as the talking tree and a spectacular scenery view. Along Mount Elgon stretch bears the Wanale trails loop site and has vertical cliffs of ridge and several waterfalls that make a very scenic drive.
One can such for petrified wood in the Khauka caves as you enjoy splendid panoramic view above the plains of Eastern Uganda.