MOUNTAIN ELGON NATIONAL PARK
Mountain Elgon National Park is between Uganda and Kenya; it was established in 1968 in Kenya and yet in Uganda it was established in 1992 by the two bodies respectively Kenya wildlife service and Uganda wildlife authority. Mountain Elgon National Park is a treasure found in the Eastern parts of Uganda 235kms away from the city, Mountain Elgon National Park offers a trans-boundary adventure ranging from hikes, nature walks, and bird watching to the far parts of Kenya and vice versa but there must be an agreement from rangers of both parties. Porters are of great importance at Mountain Elgon National Park through carrying the tourist luggage, collecting water and preparation of camps for tourists. Mountain climbing if favorable in the month of June since it’s a dry season at a time, while on the hike you will come across birds which are over 300 species, pass through the unique flora and fauna, waterfalls, lakes ,caves, gorges and hot springs making the hike memorable experience.
Activities Done At Mountain Elgon National Park
The incredible day hikes begin from forest exploration center near Sipi fall to the valleys, ridges and caves, it offers a sight to a variety of unique forest monkeys, small antelopes, huge elephants and buffaloes; experience the marvelous Sipi waterfalls which are beautifully made, tour the ancient Stone Age cave paintings and the hot springs.
Trekking To the Top Of The Mountain
The trek to the top of the Mountain might take you 5days that’s on any of the three trails giving you an over view of the many waterfalls. While on the trail you can either go through the bamboo forest which is the straight route to the peak, u will come across monkeys, unique birds and some wildlife, if you take the Sipi trail you will discover the hidden cave (the stone age paintings) and lastly if you take the Piswa trail its famously known for wild game viewing. However for all the three trails require a trained ranger to take you through, interpreting environmental riches such as flora and fauna and ensuring your safety.
Mountain Elgon National Park is enrich with 300 bird species, what can be more exciting than a visit to Mount Elgon National Park for bird lovers (birders).while at this park the famous spot for bird watch is none other than Kapkwai forest exploration center and this supports African Goshawk, Chubb’s cisticola, white-chinned prinia and African Blue fly catcher among others.
Get an incredible moment cycling in the mountainous areas all the way from sipi trading center to chema hill in Kapchorwa town, during this experience you might be able to come across some monkeys on the ways, birds and most importantly you able to have a view of various waterfalls and Karamoja plains thus an explore of your life time.
The Bagishu and Sabiny are the 2 ethnic tribes living around the incredible Elgon mountain, they are mainly farmers but famously known for their yearly ritual of circumcision which is mainly done to initiate the young boys and girls into adulthood. Therefore if your blessed enough to visit during the season of those customary ceremonies, you will be honored to enjoy the locals dancing and singing and also have a glimpse on how they circumcise.