Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Although the mountain straddles the Kenya border, its loftiest peak, Wagagai, lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Uganda side.
Elgon is an important watershed, and its slope support a rich variety of altitudinal vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other-worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for hikers on this oft-neglected and relatively undemanding mountain, but there is also a variety of forest monkeys and small antelopes, along with elephant and buffalo. A checklist topping 300 birds includes many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda.
Other attractions include ancient cave paintings close t the trail-head at Budadiri, and spectacular caves and hot springs within the crater.
Mountain Climbing: there are several different trails here in Mt. Elgon such as;
- Sipi trail, this is a round trip of 56kms and takes between 4 – 6 days.
- Sasa Trail, this is a round trip which takes 4 days.
- Piswa Trail this is a round trip of 29kms and takes 7 days.
- Birding: you may have a chance to see some of the bids of the area such as: black kite, Hartloub Turaco, Cinnamon Bee eater, African Blue Flycatcher among others.
- Nature walks: during the guided walk, you may see some birds, primates, and some of the rare trees in the area. Choose from the 3kms, 5kms and 7kms trails depending on your physical strength.