Mountain Elgon is located in the Eastern part of Uganda. With its caldera, it is quite another interesting mountain hiking destination. It is ideal for both medium and high climbers. Reaching its peak (Wagagai peak) is quite adventurous and interesting. Being easy to climb Mt Elgon hiking does not require any specialized equipment or skills to reach the peak apart from physical fitness. Mt Elgon is not so high that there is a serious risk of altitude- related illnesses that regularly troubles hikers on higher Mountains like Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.
Mount Elgon is easy to climb and can be climbed at any time of the year, though the dry seasons are better (June-August and December-March)-November and December are the best times given the fact that it is when the highland flowers are in blosom – making it the best time for the shots and scenery view. The Mountain has a Fall called Sipi where the Sipi River rises on the upper slopes of Mt Elgon prior to flowing down the foothills over 8km to form a series of four beautiful waterfalls concluding in a 99m drop at an altitude of 1,775m outside the small trading centre of Sipi.
Day 1: Kampala – Mount Elgon National Park
Depart for Mount Elgon situated in the Eastern part of Uganda. The Mountain is said to have one of the largest surface areas of any extinct volcano in the world. Mount Elgon is endowed with the most beautiful caves, cliffs, gorges and waterfalls in the country. Stop over in Mbale for lunch.
Dinner and overnight at the Sipi Falls Rest Camp
Day 2: Hike – Kapkwai -Mt. Elgon
After breakfast visit the exploration center at Kapkwai in the Chebonet valley and take the Mountain Bamboo Trail traversing a 7km loop across the River and the Southern rim of the gorge. Picnic lunch. Overnight at the Rest Camp.
Day 3: Hike – Sasa Trail – Mt. Elgon
After breakfast we’ll take a full day on the Sasa Trail to see the dramatic landscapes from the high altitude and moorland. Picnic lunch.
Dinner and overnight at the Rest Camp.
Day 4: Nature Walk – Return Trip – Kampala
After breakfast we’ll take a short forest walk. Drive back to Kampala in the afternoon.