Mount Elgon Uganda Hiking Tour: (8 days)

Mt. Elgon is located at the boarder of eastern Uganda and western Kenya. It has the largest surface area of all extinct volcanoes in the world covering a surface area of about 50km by 80km it first erupted more than 24 million years ago.), Mt. Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in Eastern Africa, with the second-highest peak in Uganda (Wagagai Peak – 4321 m). Mt. Elgon contains the largest caldera in the country caldera covering over 40 km at the top of the mountain, surrounded by a series of rugged peaks.

A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.


Day One: Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe airport, Meet the driver guide for introductions and then transfer to Kampala. O/N Hotel Bougainviller or Pope Paul hotel or Hotel Africana (BB)

Day Two: Kampala – Mt. Elgon

The day starts with an early breakfast after which our driver guide will  peak you up and commence you trip eastwards via Mukono and see Mabira forest en route enjoy the cool weather for a ten minutes drive through the forest. You will cross river Nile and carry on past sugar cane and tea plantations to Mbale town where you will stop over for a lunch break before entering the Sipi village. Here you will move to Sipi falls past local bandas and banana plantations. O/N Sipi Falls Rest Camp or Lacam Lodge (FB).

Day Three: Sipi – Piswa Camp (2850m).

After a heavy breakfast transfer to Kapkwata (2190m). This where you will meet the rangers for briefing and get porters before starting your hike, following the Kapkwata Trail. It is a scenic route running through the bamboo, heath and moor land, arriving at the Piswa Camp (2850 m). O/N Piswa Campsite (FB)

 Day Four: Piswa Camp – Hunters Cave (3850m).

Hike up to the rim of the caldera through beautiful columns of the most exceptional and widespread plant species like the giant Lobelia Elgonensis. You shall wonder at the diverse wild perpetual flowers which of course a visit to the slopes of Mount Elgon can’t go without finding. Visit the hot springs and Suam Gorge before descending to the Hunters Cave Camp at 3850 meters. O/N Hunters Cave Camp (FB).

Day Five: Hunters Cave – Mude Cave Camp (3500m).

After breakfast you will ascend to the rim of the caldera with a glorious view of the volcanic landscape and giant groundsels, dykers and hyrax may be seen. To the southwest you will reach a rim of the exciting caldera and later. O/N Mude Cave Camp (FB).

Day Six:  Mude Cave Camp – Wagagai peak (4321m)

With special equipment and ability you will ascend to Wagagai Peak (4321m), which is the second highest in Uganda after Margherita (5,109m) on Mt. Rwenzori. The hike can take up to three hours before reaching the summit, on the way you can view the border of Uganda and Kenya. This hike is through the Jackson summit (4200m) and descent through the Jackson summit (4200m) and the Jackson pool to the Mude cave through the Sasa trail to the Sasa River Camp. (2900m). O/N Sasa River Camp (FB).

Day Seven: Sasa River Camp – Kampala

This day starts with a descent to Budadiri Ranger Station (1250m), where from you will drive to Mbale Town for lunch and then drive back to Kampala city. O/N Hotel Bougainviller or Pope Paul hotel or Hotel Africana (HB).

Day Eight: Departure

You will transfer to Entebbe airport for your flight back home.

Your Adventure tour ends.

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