Mt. Elgon National Park
Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Although the mountain straddles the
Kenyaborder, its loftiest peak Wagagai lies within and is the best ascended from the Ugandan side. Elgon is an important watershed, and its slopes support a rich variety of altitudinal vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for hikers on this oft-neglected and relatively undemanding mountain, but there is also a variety of forest monkeys and small antelopes, along with elephants and buffaloes. The checklist topping 300 birds includes many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda . Other attractions include ancient cave paintings close to the trailhead at Budadiri and spectacular caves and Uganda within the crater. hot springs
Activities include day walks from Budadiri or within the
Mt.Elgon Forest Exploration Centre, hike of four days or longer traverse the peaks. Well worth visiting is the lovely . Sipi Falls
Accommodation; There are 5 basic campsites around the trekking circuit. Simple accommodation is available at the Kapkwata Rest House and the Forest Exploration Centre at Kapwai. Booking can be done through Mbale offices.