This unique route approaches Mt. Elgon National Park from the Ugandani side allowing us to explore the park’s wildlife and visit the Kitum caves where elephants scrape the cave walls
for mineral salt lick. After conquering Koitoboss Summit, the trek proceeds with the Ugandan crew to Wagagai along the caldera rim.
WHAT TO BRING ON TREKKING MOUNT ELGON
- Waterproof rucksack with day pack
- Sleeping bag (covering at least 3 seasons)
- Roll mats and insulation pads
- Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip – flops)
- Gaiters (useful when encountering snow),Wooden walking stick / ski pole,Sunglasses or snow goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat,Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
- Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
- Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
- Sunscreen and lip salve
- Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
- Water bottle
- Camera with spare film and batteries
Entebbe - Jinja
We will be met by a upon arrival at Entebbe Airport. After brief introductions, we drive via Kampala city to Jinja, the town at the source of the Nile. The rest of the day will be spent at our leisure with optional excursions depending on our arrival schedule. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Jinja Nile Resort.
Jinja - Mt. Elgon
After breakfast, we start the day’s adventure with a visit the Bujagali falls. Here we enjoy the beautiful scenery with the thundering rapids of the river Nile. We then drive to the Malaba border with Kenya, finish the border formalities and drive on to Mount Elgon National park. Over dinner, our guide briefs us about the climbing adventure ahead of us. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mt Elgon Bandas.
Mt. Egon National Park
Today we explore Mount Elgon National park by car and on foot. There are Buffaloes, Elephants, Leopards and several antelope species in the park. The greatest attraction however are ancient caves, the largest being the Kitum cave. Here, Elephants and Buffaloes visit regularly for a mineral lick. Lunch will be served at one of the scenic picnic sites before we return to the Bandas in the late afternoon. In the evening, we pack our mountain gear for tomorrows cross-over hike. Dinner and overnight will once again be at the bandas.
Mt. Elgon Trekking
After breakfast, we transfer in 4×4 vehicles to the forest edge from where we start our hike. A 4 hour hike accompanied by rangers takes us to the road head at 3400m, where our crew will have pitched tents. The evenings are already pretty cold but the mountainous scenery is breath taking. Dinner and overnight stay will be in a fly camp.
Koitobos - Mude Caves
Today we start with a 3hour walk, accompanied by Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers, leading to Koitoboss (4155m), the highest peak on the Kenyan side before crossing the caldera over to Uganda. At the border, we bid the Kenyan Rangers goodbye and are received by armed Ugandan Wildlife Authority Rangers who will accompany us on the Ugandan trail. Another 3hour hike past the hot springs takes us to Mude caves (3500m) where we spent the night in a fly camp.
Mude Caves - Wagagai Summit
This is the day for our Elgon Summit challenge hiking to Wagagai (4321m), the peak of Mt. Elgon. We leave soon after an early breakfast. The trek leads along the rim of one of the world’s largest calderas as we approach the summit. Here are several of small lakes left behind by glaciers of the last ice age. After a lunch break and short rest we return to Mude Caves Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Wagagai Summit - Bumasola
It is time to make the final descend. After breakfast we hike through the moorland which gives way to forest at 3000m. On the way we are likely to encounter troops of black and white colobus as well as the blue monkeys and a variety of bird species. We shall have a lunch stop on the way. We soon enter the small scale farmlands and descend further on to Bumasola (1770m) in the mid afternoon. After bidding the crew goodbye, we join our driver who takes us to Mbale town for dinner and overnight stay at the Mount Elgon Hotel.
Jinja - Kampala
After breakfast, we check out of the lodge and transfer via Jinja to Kampala. Depending on our onward departure schedule we may have an optional lunch and sightseeing tour of Kampala city before our drop off at the airport in Entebbe for onward travel arrangements.