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Below are some of must visit attractions in and around mount Elgon national park

Attractions Around Mount Elgon National Park.

Local attractions around mount Elgon national park– Mount Elgon is among the best travel destination in Eastern Uganda and endowed with a number of attractions and unique landforms with a highest peak of the mountain being Wagagai. Below are some of must visit attractions in and around mount Elgon national park

Sipi Falls

The Sipi falls are just 66kilometers from Mbale town and en route to the Forest Exploration Centre and Kapkwata. Many trails in the area allow for interesting day hikes through a beautiful farming country and friendly local villages. Enjoyable campsites and safari lodge facilities with delicious meal services plus hot showers are available at Crow’s Nest located just a few minutes from the Sipi trading center. Luxurious accommodation is also available like the Sipi Falls Resort. A nature walk is done at the Forest Exploration Centre for just 2 hours. At Nagudi rock there are 7 rock-climbing routes, halfway between Budadiri and Mbale. Hikers have to carry their rock-climbing equipment.

Bulukyeke – Bukigai Hills

The hills are located in the southern parts of Elgon.it has Infrastructure at the site that is toilet facilities and a permanent tile-roofed shelter. The campsite also has beautiful scenery of the Elgon ranges and it was used as a launching point for mountain climbing trips. Though, encroachment on the mountain slopes by human settlements has made the area prone to landslides.

Other attractions around the park are old cave paintings found near the trailhead at Budadiri with hot springs interior the crater and magnificent caves. You can also enjoy the imbalu dances plus other ceremonies by native people.

Rivers of Mountain Elgon Park

Mountain Elgon is a watershed for many rivers like the river Sipi that creates Sipi falls. The mountain is also a water catchment for the Nzoi River which runs to Lake Victoria and Turkwel River also known as Suam River in Uganda which flows in Lake Turkana.

Kakoro rock.

Kakoro rock is another local attraction found in Palisa district On an impressive granite hill in Kakoro Sub-County, Pallisa District, are faded red, orange, and whitish paintings and they are in concentric circles and geometric shapes like that one at Nyero.  The granite hill can be seen from the top with some of the best scenic views of the Iteso region.  On the hill, there are 3 principal shelters with red, orange, and white geometric designs.

Sport fishing in Mt. Elgon

Sportfishing is taking place above the highest of the three waterfalls at Sipi outside the park. It provides exhilarating challenges to anglers who take pride in battling with the rainbow trout because of its beautiful coloration and fighting ability. The largest can weigh 3kgs.

Fishing is limited to designated sites and places and advance booking is not necessary. Interested anglers are advised to carry their equipment, a permit is required and you can get it from Sipi River lodge.

After visiting Eastern parts of Uganda, you can also plan a visit to Western Uganda and get an opportunity to gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park where you will explore more about these shy primates or you can go to Murchison falls national park and take a boat cruise on river Nile where you will see various water wildlife animals like hippos, crocodiles and many more or you can do a game drive and view a lot of wildlife animals such as buffaloes, giraffes,  Uganda kob, hippos plus countless bird species. You can explore other destinations such as Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park among others

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