Activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park are various ventures tourists on the Uganda safari holiday can explore and experience. Mount Elgon National Park lies in Eastern Uganda and part of it extends to Kenya. The park occupies 1145sq.kms of land and shelters Mount Elgon where it takes its name, an extinct volcano. The tourist activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park while on Uganda tour are diverse and they include;
Activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park
There is nothing as magical as exploring and experiencing Mount Elgon National Park on a nature walk/hiking adventure. Nature walks introduce you to the park’s distinct habitats that will expose you to a diversity of wildlife, primates (including baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys), birds, and scenic vegetation. It is possible embarking on a nature walk in this park for the entire day from Budadiri to Mudange cliffs.
Mount Elgon National Park is one of the best Uganda safari parks where mountaineering is excellently conducted. This is conducted through Mount Elgon with expectations to explore the Wagagai peak. Hikers/climbers can reach the mountain’s peak including the Sasa trail-the shortest path, Sipi trails (this is the longest path about 4 to 6 days), and Piswa trails that take hikers approximately 7 days.
There is no exceptional place to enjoy trout fishing on Uganda safari in Mount Elgon National Park. This is carried out outside the park just on the Sipi Falls. It lets you challenge yourself with rainbow trout weighing 3kgs.
If there is one place to visit to identify unique birds then it is Mount Elgon, National Park. While on bird watching tour in this Uganda safari park, the birds to enjoy amazing sight include Chubb’s cisticola, red-headed parrot, black-shouldered kite, African blue flycatchers, mustached green tinker bird, black kite, lammergeyers, bronze napped pigeons, Doherty’s bush shrikes, Baglafetch weavers to mention but a few.
Wildlife viewing is one of the most enjoyable safari activities Uganda safari visitors should expect to engage in Mount Elgon National Park. This exposes tourists to the park’s distinct primates including de Brazza’s monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys plus other mammals like buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, leopards, rock hyraxes, spotted hyenas, bush pigs as well as birds.
Cultural tours around Mount Elgon National Park lead tourists to the Sipi Widows’ Group to discover about how the coffee we relish is grown, learn about the lifestyle of the Sabiny people (one of the main tribes occupying areas of the mountain), learn about some of their local cuisines and participate in basket weaving. Also, a visit to the Budadiri Community rewards tourists with cultural dances, guided coffee tours, comfortable accommodation, and community tours where tourists also get the chance to discover how local food is prepared.
Mount Elgon National Park has a well-developed biking trail that runs from Sipi Trading Center to the popular Chema Hill in Kapchorwa and lasts about one and a half hours, offering participants with the riveting views of the breathtaking waterfalls and the vast Karamoja Plains. Interested tourists can always hire Bikes from Sipi River Lodge.
Mount Elgon National Park offers one of the matchless birding opportunities in the country and perfect spots are around Kapkwai Forest Exploration Center especially within the secondary forest and dense shrub along the loop trails stretching over the Cheptui Falls. This area offers sights and sounds of Black-collared Apalis, Chinspot Batis, Lueders Bush-shrikes, White-chinned Prinia, Tacazze Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Dohertys Bush-shrikes, African Blue Flycatcher, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Cinnamon Bee Eater, Chubb’s Cisticola, Black Kite, African Goshawk, Baglafecht Weaver, Mustached Tinkerbird, Bronze-napped pigeons and many others.
This should not be mistaken for mountain/volcano climbing and is conducted outside the Park, at Sipi Falls area with over 14 climbs available and all require tourists to be physically fit but the more challenging is the 35-meter climb and the easiest being just 15 meters. Climbing equipment is hired from the Sipi Falls Tourist Guides Association.
Other activities you can enjoy when you visit Mount Elgon national Park include Camping, visiting the Abayudaya Jews in Uganda, and finally exploring the beautiful Sipi Falls.
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