Trekking Mount Elgon 8 days
Mountain Elgon has been an extinct volcano that first erupted more than 24 million years ago.
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). It contains the largest intact caldera, a collapsed crater covering over 40kms at the top of the mountain, sorrounded by a series of rugged peaks. The Bagisu and the Sabiny are the two ethnic tribes around the mountain. They practice subsistence farming and conduct circumcision ceremonies every year to prepare young men/women for challenges of adulthood. The two communities have made agreements with the park for sustainable harvest of traditional forest products
Day 1: ARRIVALOur Company representative will pick you from the airport, and depending on the time of arrival you can directly head to Jinja OR you may spend the night in Kampala. If your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to change money this day, and also get familiar with the city. Therefore, you can visit some exciting places in Jinja town with the help of our driver. The places may include Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls.
Dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort OR Speke Hotel Kampala.
Day 2: JINJAAfter early breakfast, hikers will enjoy visiting Mabira Forest for an interesting forest walk. After lunch the group will enjoy traditional dances by the local women. There are many options this day, such as swimming, boat rides, floating on the mighty Nile. In the evening return to dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort.
Day 3: JINJA- MOUNT ELGONAfter early breakfast the clients leave for Mt Elgon in Eastern Uganda. Transfer to Sipi Falls. After lunch, hike to the falls and return to your camp next to Sipi Falls for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: MOUNTAIN HIKING ELGONEarly morning breakfast. Then start the hike following the Kapkwata Trail. A scenic hike through the bamboo, heath and moor land gets you to the Piswa camp at 2850 meters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mountains.
Day 5: MOUNTAIN HIKING ELGONHike up to the rim of the caldera through beautiful columns of lobelia Elgonensis. Visit the hot springs and Suam Gorge before descending to the hunters cave Camp 3850m.
Day 6: MOUNTAIN HIKING ELGONMorning breakfast, then ascend to the top of the caldera to the Wagagai Peak at 4321m. Descend thereafter through the Jackson summit and the Jackson pool to overnight at Mude Camp 3500m.
Day 7: ELGON- KAMPALAEarly morning, descend through the Sasa trail to Budadiri then travel to Mbale town. Then to Kampala to prepare for your departure. Dinner and overnight at Speke Hotel Kampala.
Day 8: DEPARTURE
Depending on the time of departure, the clients may visit places they didn't go on arrival. This may include the museum, Kasubi Tombs, National Theatre to buy arts and crafts, and many more with the help of our driver/ guide who will later take you to the airport for departure back home.
The Forest Exploration Centre has three "day " trails ranging between 3 and 7 km. These trails offer an excellent opportunity to experience Mt. Elgon's unique plants and wildlife in shorter time period. A fourth trail has recently been opened to reach the enormous Tutum Cave, 11 km from the centre. This trail also passes through a range of vegetation types and offers opportunities to see wildlife such as Black and White Colobus Monkeys and a variety of birds.