The park is named after Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. Mount Elgon is the 4th highest mountain in East Africa, reaching 4321 meters. The park covers an area of 1279 km² and is bisected by the border of Kenya and Uganda. The Ugandan part of the park covers 1110 km(square) while the Kenyan part covers 169 km(square). Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world and it is the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80 km in diameter, rises more than 3,000 m above the surrounding plains. The highest apex is Wagagai, 4,321 m
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 144 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeier. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffaloes also live in this Park. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
The park has magnificent waterfalls, caves, gorges and hot springs and is excellent for hiking.
Most of the tourist who visit Mount Elgon Park have interest to see popular four explorable vast caves,Sipi Falls and hot springs. This caves are a host of several animals like elephants and buffaloes. This animals often come to lick the natural salt found on the cave walls. Kitum cave, with overhanging crystalline walls, enters 200 m into the side of Mount Elgon.
The best seasons to visit Mount Elgon is always May,September, November and December.
This Park is the setting of Richard Preston's book "The Hot Zone". The Hot springs in the former volcanoes crater bubble to a temperature of 48 degree Celsius
Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in Kapchrowa, northeast of Mbale Town. The waterfalls lies on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park just close the Kenya Uganda Border.
There are many activities that take place in this area. This include; hiking, visiting the local falls, nature walks, visiting the caves and fire camping among others. You can book with us and we will take you through. It's a nice place to chill away from home..
Mount Elgon National Park has an estimate of 144 species of birds. among them are jackson's francolin, eastern bronze-naped pigeon, tacazze sunbird and many others. you can be part of the discovery with Front Tours. Book today and your dream will come true.