5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari
If you are searching for a satisfying climb that doesn’t require expert skills or equipment and is closer to home, 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari is your best choice, look no further than Mountain Elgon. It’s the 7th highest mountain in Africa at 4,321m and the summit is readily accessible for climbers with limited experience.
We offer several mountain climbing options, we are flexible in designing a climb and hike that keeps your schedule in mind and of course your budget. Enjoy Uganda’s Volcanoes, spend a day or more climbing or hiking up a volcano, take a mini-Mount Elgon hike.
Found in the Eastern part of Uganda with the Kenya border, Mt Elgon is an extinct volcano with the largest surface area in the world, 50km x 80km with the Wagai peak at 4321m ASL.
The Bagisu and the Sabinyo who practice circumcision every even year are the inhabitants of the area. June to August and December to March are the best times to visit the park since this is the dry period.
The park contains varied peculiar attractions of montane forests, bamboo, giant Lobelia, brilliant species of flowers, birds, bushbuck, antelope, wild cat, rock hyrax, hyena, caves, craters, gorges, the magnificent Sipi falls and many more.
5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari
- Day 1 of the 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari – Kampala – Budadiri to Sasa Camp 2900m
We will pick you up at your hotel for the journey to Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, a 5-hour journey past the Mabira Forest onward to Mbale town and Budadiri. The simplest and fastest way up the mountain is the Sasa trail leaving from Budadiri. In the morning you reach Budadiri 1250m, nearby Mbale town, at the gate of the Mount Elgon National Park. After arranging the guide and porters, with food and camping gear.
The first morning’s climb is steep and quick. This involves the “wall of death” – so named for the frayed local ropes that, in previous years, was the only way to climb it. Fortunately, the UWA installed sturdy staircases up the cliff face several years ago, so porters can almost run up the mountain and you’ll feel the name is no longer deserved. Above this, it is a straight, steep path through the rainforest and the bamboo zone to the lunar landscape above. You walk to Sasa River Camp 2900m for dinner and overnight. The distance is about 8 km and takes an average of 7 to 8 hours, 1700m walk.
- Day 2 of the 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari – We move from Sasa camp to Mude Camp – 3500m
After breakfast at the camping site, proceed through the forest to the summit base camp – Mude Cave Campsite for dinner and overnight. It’s about 4 to 5 hours, 600m elevation. However, if you have limited time, working with a tight budget and have fit, you can trek straight up to Mude, rest the night and strike out for the summit, Wagagai, the following morning. Regardless, it is best to reach the summit in the morning, owing to cloud cover after midday.
- Day 3 of the 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari – From Mude Camp to Wagagai Peak 4321m then return to Mude
After breakfast, you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. It may take 8 to 9 hours of elevation – 820m. Descending, you have the choice to return by the Sasa Trail or head onwards across the caldera.
- Day 4 of the 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari – From Mude Camp back to Budadiri
After breakfast descend to Budadiri and back to Mbale.
Day 5 of the 5 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari – Breakfast and then it off for Jinja where we go to the source of the Nile River Park and see where the White Nile and Lake Victoria merge. Lunch at the Sunset Hotel overlooking the Nile River.
In the afternoon, we drive back to your Hotel in Kampala, we can certainly arrange your hotel stay in Uganda from budget to up-market facilities.
This safari package covers:
Transportation by a 4 x 4 land cruiser /Omnibus, Park entrance fees, entrance fees to Sipi, source of Nile River visit, mountain hiking fees, ranger guide and porter’s fees, full board accommodations at your chosen hotel/ camp, lunches en-route, driver/Guide subsistence allowance and government taxes.
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, etc
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