Mount Elgon National Park is one of the most spectacular Uganda safari parks. It is positioned in Eastern Uganda and a section of it is shared with Kenya. The park sits on 1121sq.kms of land making it one of the larger Uganda safari parks.
Mount Elgon National Park takes its name from the magnificent Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano that is said to have last erupted about 24 million years back. It became a national park in 1992 and it is one of the best Uganda safari parks today. Mount Elgon is its highest point rising up-to 4321m that ranks it the 8th highest peak in Africa and it occupies an area of 4000sq.kms. It features the biggest volcanic base worldwide.
Wildlife in Mount Elgon National Park
What makes Mount Elgon National Park an outstanding Uganda safari park is its distinct wildlife that include among others forest elephants, buffaloes, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, duikers, blue monkeys and many more.
Birdlife in Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park is a birder’s paradise and it boasts of over 300 bird species including others the chin spot batis, bronze naped pigeons, golden winged sunbirds, Jackson’s francolin, African blue flycatchers, Tacazze sunbird, black and white casqued hornbill, lammergeyer, Doherty’s to mention but a few.
Floral species in Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park is a magnificent Uganda safari with distinct vegetation types. The park’s vegetation varies depending on its elevation. They include montane forest, endemic plants, giant lobelia, mixed bamboo, moorland and many others.
Top safari activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park
This is one of the leading tourist activities hikers on Uganda safari should expect while on a holiday in Mount Elgon National Park. There exist many trails each rewarding with exceptional views and they include the Sipi trail, Sasa trail (considered to be the shortest), Piswa trail and many more.
Abseiling is one of the unique Uganda safari activities offered in Mount Elgon National Park. It is carried out in one of the cliffs around Sipi waterfalls where you drop down about 100m overlooking the ridge next to the pool before you ascend to the top.
Birding in Mount Elgon National Park is exciting and amazing, offering astonishing sight of birds such as Chin spot batis, bronze naped pigeons, golden winged sunbirds, Jackson’s francolin, African blue flycatchers, Tacazze sunbird, black and white casqued hornbill, lammergeyer, Doherty’s and many more.
Sipi falls hiking
The Sipi falls hiking is one of the most sought-after Uganda safari activities in eastern Uganda. It takes you to the scenic Sipi falls with opportunity for you to explore the Stone Age cave painting around Budadiri trail, Mount Elgon peaks and hot springs and a lot more. The Sipi falls is composed of 3 waterfalls and they are accessible 66kms from Mbale city.
When to visit Mount Elgon National Park
The dry season is considerably the most preferred for Uganda safaris to Mount Elgon National Park Uganda. This is perfect for hiking/game viewing and it is experienced from June to September and December to February. Birding tours are best conducted during the rainy season and this is from March to May and October to November.
You may also engage in other tour activities especially cave exploration, guided nature walks, camping, cultural experience, Agro-tourism and others.
Accommodational in Mount Elgon National Park
Some of the accommodation alternatives in Mount Elgon National Park include Mount Elgon Hotel, Mbale Resort Hotel, Kapkwata Rest House, Sunrise Inn, Country Home and others.
How to get to Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park can easily be reached by road. It is set in Eastern Uganda approximately 235kms about 4-5 hours’ drive on Kampala-Jinja-Mbale route.