3 Days Uganda Wildlife Tour - Mountain Elgon National Park
mountain Elgon National Park|3 Days Uganda Wildlife Tour - Mountain Elgon National Park|Wildlife in Mt Elgon national park| This 3-day mountain Elgon tour is a perfect program for a client interesting in exploring Eastern Uganda, will take you to mountain Elgon, Sipi Falls, and Jinja- to the Source of the Longest River in the world- River Nile.
Mount Elgon National Park - the world’s largest mountain caldera
Wildlife/ Animals of Mt Elgon national park
The wildlife is mainly found in the lower slopes but rarely seen in the forest setting; Defassa waterbuck, Elephants, Oribi, Bushbucks, Buffaloes, and Spotted Hyena, also black-and-white monkeys, Colobus monkeys.
Birds of Mt Elgon national park
Mt Elgon national park is home to 296 bird species and 40 Ugandan species whose range is limited to Mount Elgon and these include black collared Apalis, Jacksons Francolin, Lammergeyer, Black-shouldered Kite, and Tacazze sunbird. If you are looking for unique birds and beautiful scenery then Mt Elgon is should be on your bucket list.
Safaris and Activities to Mt Elgon National Park
Mt Elgon is generally a less strenuous climb like other East African mountains but offers some scenic views. The park is explored on foot via different routes and trailheads ranging from day walks to hikes over several days. The Sasa trail is the shortest but steepest route to the peaks taking only four days – bamboo forest and Jackson’s pool. Sipi trail takes four to six days, starts at the forest exploration center at Kapkwai – tutum cave. The Piswa trail is a seven-day round trip starting at a village off Kapkwata – podocarps forest. One can alternatively combine the different trails, ascending by the Sipi trail and descending along the Sasa trail allowing you to experience more features of the mountain.
There are local porters available to make your hike easier each carrying supplies in addition to collecting water, cooking, and preparing the camp. Hikers should consider the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia and other forms of altitude sickness. Above 2500m, altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of age, fitness, or previous mountain hiking experience. The most effective treatment is the descent to lower altitude.
This thrilling activity is done down one of the cliffs of the Sipi falls. You drop down 100m overlooking the ridge next to a pool of water from one of the Sipi falls. Enjoy watching the different scenery as you abseil down the rock, on reaching down you can take a dip in the pool before ascending back up the cliff to the top of the hill.
Another engaging activity outside Mt Elgon national park is rock climbing. This takes place at Sipi with 14 climbs that require rock-scaling techniques. The toughest climb is 35m while the easiest is 15m – for anyone interested in rock climbing, then you want to try this.
Bird watching in Mt Elgon national park
Birding in Mt Elgon national park will give you species that you cannot find anywhere else. The common trail is one in the Kapkwai forest exploration center, which continues along the Chebonet river. Here you are likely to see the White-chinned Prinia, Luhders and Doherty’s Bush-shrikes, Chubb’s Cisticola, African Goshawk, African Blue Flycatcher, and Baglafetcht weaver.
At the highest of the Sipi falls, there is an opportunity for sport fishing which will keep you busy as some of the locals join you. It provides a good challenge to anyone interested in the rainbow trout. Remember to bring your own equipment and obtain a permit from the Sipi river lodge.
Nature and Hiking walks
There are numerous trails both inside the park and outside walking through Mt Elgon vegetation. At Sipi falls guides from the community take you on walks that can start from two hours to a whole day's walk where you will have views of the Karamajong region and Sebei region.
There is a full hike through Budadiri to Mudange cliffs, which is known as the walls of death. These cliffs are located in a tropical forest at the boundary of the national park. You will have sights of Black-and-white Colobus monkeys and Baboons along the trail.
The mountain rivers plunge over massive cliffs on the northern and western sides of Mt Elgon forming some of the most beautiful falls. Among these are three beautiful falls together known as the Sipi Falls. These are outside the park and a hike to all the three is a fulfilling experience. The lowest of the falls flows over a 100m cliff, followed by Simba at 69m and then Ngasire at 87m. More waterfalls are found in Wanale, chebonet, Bulago, and Sisyi.
Kapchorwa and the entire Mt Elgon region provide great mountain biking routes that will keep your adrenaline high as you traverse the area. The mountain biking routes start from the Sipi trading center to Chema hill in Kapchorwa. You have beautiful views of Karamoja plains and several waterfalls en route.
Like most mountains, Mt Elgon slopes have caves, which were left by moving lava when the mountain was formed many years ago. The most accessible are Kapkwai cave and Khauka cave on Wanale Ridge. Hikers used the caves as shelter and currently they act as locations for camps.
Agro-tourism, Cultural encounters, and Community trails
The best coffee in Uganda is from this rich and fertile region of Mt Elgon. Experience the entire coffee process by taking a guided walk through the coffee shambas on the slopes of Mt Elgon. You will visit the shambas and homes to experience coffee planting demonstration, picking, grinding, storage, and washing. The coffee from here is Arabic and also known as Sipi or Bugisu coffee.
Access to Mt Elgon National Park
You can reach the park from Kampala – Mbale – Kapchorwa. You can also take a chartered flight from Entebbe to Soroti and then drive backward.
January 01 - December 31
pickup avaiable from airport, train and also cruise
- Ground Transportation
- All Meals and bottled water
- All Government Taxes
- All Tourist attractions and activities charges charges
- English-speaking driver/guide
- International Flights
- Visa Fees
- Airport Taxes
- Items of personal nature like Laundry
- Bar bills
- Tipping and any extra expenses not included above.
Day 1: Kampala To Mount Elgon.
Early morning departure from Kampala heading to eastern Uganda. Drive past local communities, tea, sugarcane plantations, and colorful fruits along the roadside. Stopover at Ssezibwa Falls for a cultural feel of Uganda. Continue to Mbale town located on the foothills of Mount Elgon. This area has got a rich heritage and culture. Have lunch and continue to Sipi Village located between beautiful hills and waterfalls. Overnight.
(Sipi River Lodge - Luxury option) (Lacan Lodge - Midrange option)
(Kapkwai forest Cottages - Budget option)
Day 2: Hiking Mount Elgon National Park.
In the morning after breakfast, go for a hike to the Mt. Elgon forest exploration center for guided walks. The same nature walk will provide you with views of regenerating forests, fields of colorful flowers, extensive stands of bamboo and the chested bee-eater. Two different day hike areas allow you to explore Mt. Elgon’s diverse montane forest.
The popular forest exploration center trail loop site can make one enjoy the cool mist at Chebonet falls, Kapkwai cave, the talking tree and a spectacular viewpoint, which lies just beyond. A long ‘arm’ of Mt. Elgon bears the Wanale trails loop site. It has vertical cliffs of ridge and several cascading waterfalls that make a very scenic drive.
Look for petrified wood in the Khauka caves as you enjoy splendid panoramic view over the plains of Eastern Uganda. The hike areas have short walk trails ranging between 3 km and 11km that offer an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon’s unique plants and wildlife in a short time period.
Jungle walking shoes and rain gear are recommended in addition to extra cells for your torch if you plan to explore the caves. Have a quiet afternoon, relaxing after lunch at your lodge.
(Sipi River Lodge - Luxury option) (Lacan Lodge - Mid Range option)
(Kapkwai forest Cottages - Budget option).
Day 3: Return to Kampala.
You will then depart Sipi falls after breakfast to visit the source of River Nile in Jinja. Have lunch and then continue to source for a boat ride to the actual birth point of the world's longest river, as well as enjoy cultural activities like Dances, etc and then depart to Kampala and arriving in the evening for your hotel or flight.