Mt. Elgon National Park Hike
The tour takes you to Mount Elgon national park eastern of Uganda the pearl of Africa with the amazing cultural story of the Bagisu and Sabiny the people surrounding this mountain.
Size of the park: 1,121km²
This extinct volcano is one of Uganda’s oldest physical features, first erupting around 24 million years ago.
Mt Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Millennia of erosion have reduced its height to 4,321m, relegating it to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th on the continent.
Mt Elgon is home to two tribes, the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the marginalized Ndorobos forced to dwell deep within the forest of Benet.
The Bagisu, also known as the BaMasaba, consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.
Day 1Kampala- Mbale. (Approx. 270 Km) About 6 Hours
After your breakfats you will depart for Eastern Uganda crossing the river Nile at Jinja and proceeding to Mbale town. Mountain Elgon is a 4,321 metre high. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for the hiker on this mountain with a variety of forest monkeys, small antelopes, with elephants, buffalo and about 300 bird species.
Day 2Sasa River Camp- Mude Cave (11 km). About 5 Hours
Sasa trail is the most direct route to the peaks and the shortest to climb. Its trailhead is Budadiri gate which lies at 1,250M above sea level. You will go by car as far as Bumasola trading center (1,770m) and start walking from there or walk right from Budadiri via Bumasola. The Trek from Bumasola to Mudange Cliffs is a relatively stiff climb of 2km 2/3 hrs walk, you will ascend to the Mude cave camp where you will spend the night.
Day 3MudeCave-Wagagai Peak-Mude Cave. (18 km) about 8 hours
Early in the morning, hike from Mude Cave climb to Wagagai Peak (4,321 m). Later descend to Mude Camp for the night.
Day 4Hunters Cave Camp. (16km) about 4 hours
From Mude Cave, descend to the Caldera and Hot Springs. Later arrive at the Hunter’s Cave.
Day 5Hunters Cave Camp-Piswa camping grounds(17 km) about 5 hours
From the Hunter’s Cave Camp trail descend to Piswa Patrol Hut a scenic hike through the Bamboo, heath and moorland.
Day 6Piswa Patrol Hut- Kapkwata(11 km) about 3 hours
From the Piswa Patrol Hut descend to Kapkwata where the tail ends. You will then meet up with your guide and drive to Kampala via Jinja. Later on arrive in Kampala/Entebbe.
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