Mount Elgon Hiking Safari In Uganda

Mountain Elgon has several trails which hikers use to hike to the top.

3 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari In Uganda

3 Days Mount Elgon Hiking safari takes you to the eastern part of Uganda where you will take part in mountain Elgon hiking, visit the source of the Nile, and Sipi falls. The safari begins and ends in Kampala city. Mountain Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the entire world located on the borders of Uganda and Kenya in the eastern part of Uganda. Mountain Elgon is the 4th highest mountain in East Africa at 4,321 m above sea level and it’s an extinct volcano with hiking as the main activity. It’s difficult to hike to the top (Wagagai peak) and hence hikers should be fit enough.

Mountain Elgon has several trails which hikers use to hike to the top. Mountain Elgon is home to Sipi falls, caves, hot springs, different animal species such as elephants, small antelopes, forest monkeys, buffaloes as well as birds. remember that hiking mountain Elgon takes 4 to 5 days

3 Days Uganda Mount Elgon Hiking Safari highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Mbale – Sipi Falls

Day 2: Hiking mount Elgon

Day 3: Return to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Mbale – Sipi Falls

On the first day of your safari, you will be picked from your hotel in Kampala and your driver-guide will brief you about the safari. You will drive eastwards via several districts with great views of the Mabira forest, tea and sugar plantations, Lake Victoria, river Nile, Jinja town among others. You will have a stopover for lunch in Mbale city and later proceed to Sipi falls located at the foothills of mountain Elgon and the neighboring coffee plantations. Dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Accommodation: Mbale resort hotel – luxury, Sipi sunset lodge – mid-range and Sipi falls camp – budget

Day 2: Hiking mount Elgon

Wake up early in the morning for a morning breakfast after which get your packed lunch. move to the briefing station and meet the park guides who will brief you and give you a ranger guide to lead you through the trails on the mountain. In case of heavy luggage, some porters are always available at a small fee. You will start with any of the trails among which include Kapkwata, Kapkwai, or Budadriri forest exploration Centre. During the hike, you will go through different vegetation types, see some of the park animals and later return to the hotel in the evening, dinner and an overnight stay

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Accommodation: Mbale resort hotel – luxury, Sipi sunset lodge – mid-range and Sipi falls camp – budget

Day 3: Return to Kampala

You will start your last day of the tour with a delicious breakfast, check out of your lodge and start on your journey back to Kampala. On your way, you will have a stopover at jinja for lunch and head out to the source of the Nile for a boat ride. You will later continue with your journey and our driver will drop you at your hotel or drive you to Entebbe international airport to end your 3 Days Mount Elgon Hiking In Uganda

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Getting to Mountain Elgon National park

Mount Elgon National Park is 235km distant in the East as you’re from the center of the Kampala region. The road is accessible since it is a tarmac one. The tarmac road takes you from Kampala via Jinja to Mbale town where you head to Mt Elgon and from there you will climb to Kapchorwa. The Mbale Kapchorwa tarmac road enables the traveler to access various trailheads.

Accommodation in mountain Elgon.

The park has nine campsites that are situated in well strategic locations. The campsites are found in the tent pads, water sources, and latrines. However, it is advisable to carry your supplies and equipment for camping.  Simple accommodation in the national park is featured and you will find self-contained cottages at Forest Exploration Centre which is at Kapkwai and Kapkwata Rest House for self-catering services. When you want to sleep outside the park, you can get accommodation services at Budadiri and Kapchorwa. There are several accommodation facilities are located around Sipi falls and in Mbale town.

This 3 days hiking safari to mount Elgon in Uganda can be extended to other destinations such as Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for gorilla trekking experiences, Murchison falls, Kidepo valley and Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife encounter and Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee tracking

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