Mount Elgon National Park

trekking and hiking safari.

Mount Elgon

With the largest surface area of any extinct Volcano in the world (50km by 80km), Mount Elgon is the fourth highest mountain in East Africa, with the second highest peak in Uganda (Wagagai peak, 4321 m). 

Mount Elgon straddles the border between Kenya and Uganda. Like most other large mountains in East Africa, Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano, a relic of the volcanic activity that formed the Rift valley several years ago. The main peaks including Wagagi, circle the jagged but largely intact caldera, which at 7km by 8km is one of the largest in the world. With crater lakes filling the caldera which were formed by glacial activity during the Pleistocene era.

Mount Elgon national park Flora and Fauna

While ascending Mount Elgon's enchanting slopes you will meet four-distinct forest types: the lush montane forest where you will find the Elgon peak, mixed bamboo belt, the fascinating heath and spectacular moorland hyrachs which contain stands of some of the most rare endemic plant species, like the giant lobelia elgonensis and dotted clusters of peculiar groundsels which are unique in Africa.

You will also encounter the dense shrubs and brilliant wild everlasting flowers that will add to your Mount Elgon adventure. 

Bird lovers will enjoy about 300 bird species including the endangered lammergeiers, the rare Jackson's francolin, guinea fowls, sunbirds and turacos among others.

A number of primates inhabit the mountain, other animals include bushbuck, antelope, civet, wildcat and the elusive leopard roam below. Bush duiker, hyena, jackal, rock hyrax, buffalo and elephant rove between the forest and the moorland. Many of these animals visit Mount Elgon's bat filled caves for their valuable mineral deposits.

Mount Elgon

MOUNT ELGON -  Eastern Uganda Mbale 

The main peaks including Wagagi, circle the jagged but largely intact caldera

rwenzori mountains

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS - Western Uganda Kasese

At 994kmsq Rwenzori national park part of the Rwenzori Mountains protects the upper slopes

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