Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park, Elgon is the eighth -highest mountain in Africa and it rises from the broadest base of any freestanding mountain in the world. Like most other major East African Massifs, Elgon is the relic of an extinct volcano, whose formation was associated with the tectonic activity that created the Rift Valley several million years ago. Elgon’s tallest peaks form a jagged circle around the more-or-less-intact caldera.
It is possible to climb to the peak in as little time as three days on a less strenuous ascent than other peaks in Eastern Africa. On the wooded slopes, are Caves, Gorges waterfalls and hot springs as some of the features of some of the most stunning in Uganda.

Wild Life in this Park

The park is known to harbor more than 24 mammal species and 305 bird species. Of which 20% are unconfirmed. 12 of the species listed for Elgon occur in no other Ugandan National parks. For instance the moorland francolin, Jackson’s francolin, Hunter’s cisticola, red throated wryneck, Alpine chat and many others. Birdlife is particularly abundant. Elephant, Leopard, hyena, buffalo, bushbuck, duiker and tree hydrax may also be encountered. Mount Elgon also offers plenty of alluring prospects such as the Lovely Sipi waterfall, accessible from Mbale in less than an hour on a newly surfaced road.

Hikers on Elgon are unlikely to encounter many large mammals aside from blue monkey and black-and –white colobus. A small number of elephants are resident on the mountains is a population of leopards, bushpigs, buffaloes, sitatunga and common duiker.

The park has a variety of wildlife including rock and tree hyraxes, elephant, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, oribi, bushbuck, duiker, forest hog, bush pig, leopard, civet and serval cats, serval cats and spotted hyena. However, these animals are rarely observed in the forest setting. More commonly seen creatures are the black-and-white colobus baboons, De Brazza’s and blue monkeys, duiker and tree squirrel.

Birding in Mount Elgon National Park

The mountain is home to a variety of birds with over 305 birds including 40 restricted range species. 56 of the 87 Afrotropical highland biome species live here, particularly the Moorland Francolin, Moustached Green Tinkerbird and Alpine Chat. Birds like the Jackson’s Francolin and Black-collared Apalis. Among those limited to just a few mountains in eastern Uganda are the Black-shouldered Kite and Tacazze Sunbird can only be found in mount Elgon.

Day Hikes

The Forest Exploration Centre has several day trails ranging between 3 to 11km. These trails offer an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon’s unique flora and fauna in shorter time period. You’ll also have an opportunity to see wildlife such as Black and White Colobus Monkeys and a variety of birds.

Other Mount Elgon National Park safaris
•The magnificent Sipi Falls located 66 km from Mbale
•Cave Exploration
•Wildlife Safari