Mountain Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park is located in eastern Uganda, near the border with Kenya covering an area of approximately 1,145 square kilometers and encompasses diverse ecosystems ranging from montane forest to alpine meadows and moorlands.

Mount Elgon National Park is a stunning natural attraction offering visitors the chance to explore diverse landscapes, encounter unique wildlife, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Mount Elgon National Park is home to once Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Elgon and also home to two tribes, the Bagisu and the Sabiny who consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.

Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer, protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.

The mammalian fauna of Mount Elgon national park is poorly known most common visible to hikers, are blue monkeys and black and white Columbus with a small number of Elephants.

While that national park sightseers have a lot of options for safari activities as they get to appreciate the beauty of the destination and below are some of the most common safari activities to carry out while at the national park.

Picnicking and Camping: There are designated picnic spots and campsites within the park where visitors can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.

Game Viewing: While not as renowned for its wildlife as other parks in Uganda, Mount Elgon is home to various species such as elephants, buffaloes, bushbucks, and primates including the black and white colobus monkey and the blue monkey.

Cultural Encounters: Visitors can interact with the local communities surrounding Mount Elgon National Park, including the Bagisu and Sabiny people, who have unique cultural practices such as male circumcision ceremonies (imbalu) and traditional dances.

Bird Watching: sightseers get to explore the park’s flora and funna, including montane forest, bamboo forests, and moorlands. Mount Elgon is home to over 300 bird species, making it a paradise for bird watchers.

Mountain Elgon National Park

Mountain Biking: Some trails in the park are suitable for mountain biking, offering an alternative way to explore the area’s natural beauty.

Abseiling: For adventurous sightseers, Mount Elgon National Park offers opportunities for abseiling on its rugged cliffs and rock faces hence getting to have a great adventure as one gets to enjoy the beauty of the country.

Caving: The Park is dotted with numerous caves, the most famous cave is the Kitum Cave, known for its salt deposits which attract elephants and other wildlife.

These are some of the few safari activities that can be carried out at the national park, so sightseers ought to tread with gentle care in this haven beyond pure and rare for its nature’s gift, beyond compare in the pearl of Africa.

Accommodation at Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park offers camping facilities and basic lodging options within the park. You can choose to stay overnight within the park or arrange accommodation in Mbale or nearby towns.

For more information about the Mount Elgon national park one can get in contact with our tour operators such as Explore Rwanda Tours for bookings and reservations for safari activities in the destination.