Without doubt, travellers and professional photographers that have visited this park will tell you; Mountain Elgon National Park is another naturally beautiful park in Uganda.
Located at the Uganda-Kenya border, the park takes its name from the legendary Mountain Elgon that is said to have the largest volcanic base in the world - worry not, for, it's a dormant volcano; call it extinct ... at least for the moment and not until after you visit!
This place is another that will take you by surprise ... but even within Uganda, it can be quite frustrating trying to get detailed travel information for Mountain Elgon National Park.
I have met people that have visited this park and quite often, it's all there written on their faces;
'No one told me all this was here ...'
Hence, this dedicated page with its links. To start with, here is an over view of Mountain Elgon National Park - just to usher you into this park! You will soon discover the treasures hidden away in these ranges.
Travelling by road from Kampala, you will do about 240km east through Jinja town (if you wish!). You could have a stopover in Jinja to refresh ... and as you make your own discovery of the source of the Nile and the mighty Lake Victoria. Lots of activities here; water rafting, bungee jumping, site seeing and more ...
Your next stop will be Mbale town , right at the foot of the Elgon ranges. If you are planning to climb the ranges, this town gives you chance for any final preps. ... And perhaps the best way to discover this Park is to hike as you find your way to the Wagagai peak (4,321m) or the Jackson Summit (4,160m).
The challenge would be the steady long walk uphill but once you get to the top, you will be treated to an amazing scene; the caldera, the collapsed crater that covers about 40km² surrounded by a series of jagged peaks, gorges and waterfalls.
The rest of you may tire but not your eyes as they take in this beautiful view. Don't forget to let me know how it went ... and also tell your story here using the form at the end of this page.
A four-day, three-nights hike, perhaps five-days will do for planning purpose. Anything less would be a scratch on the iceberg and perhaps not worth it!
Climbing aside, you will have a lot to explore and see; Mountain Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds; that includes the endangered Lammergeyer, the rare Jackson's francolin, guinea fowls, sunbirds, turacos and more ... Quite a good number of animals too; Forest monkeys, antelopes, elephants, buffalos, jackals, rock hyrax and more ...
The higher slopes are protected by the national parks authorities in Uganda and Kenya as a trans-boundary conservation area that has also been declared a UNESCO Man & Biospher Reserve.
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