Mount Elgon National Park is found on the Kenya and Uganda border in approximately 140 km Northeast of Lake Victoria. It is exceptionally split down in the center by the Kenyan-Ugandan border. Mount Elgon is a significant water catchment for the Nzoia River which streams to Lake Victoria and for the Turkwel River which streams into Lake Turkana.
At 4,000km2 Mt. Elgon has the biggest volcanic base on the earth. Found on the Uganda and Kenya border it is additionally the oldest and biggest single volcanic mountain in East Africa. Mount Elgon’s immeasurable structure, 80km in width, rise more than 3,000m above the sea level. The mountain’s cool statures offer a break from the hot plains beneath, with the higher altitude giving refuge for flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park provides habitat to over 300 bird species, incorporating the jeopardized Lammergeyer. Small elands, forest monkeys, elephants, and wild oxen likewise can be found on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, making a broad trans-border conservation area which has been proclaimed a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
A climb on Mt. Elgon’s left moorlands unveils an extraordinary and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to numerous mountains: a definitive objective on reaching the highest point of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, however the descent into the tremendous 40km² caldera.
Tourist activities in Mt Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National park offers different tour activities like birding watching due to the fact that it hosts over 300 species of birds, there is also a cultural encounter where you will visit the local people and see how they do their day to day work, visit local school, churches, and traditional healers, there is also hiking and nature walk, mountain biking, volcano climbing, rock climbing and sport fishing in Sipi waterfalls.