Mount Elgon National Park
This is an extinct volcano and one of Uganda’s oldest physical features that first erupted around 24 million years ago. The mount has got the largest volcanic base in the world and it’s located on the Uganda- Kenya border with being the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. It rises 3000m above the surrounding plains and its heights offer interval from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes offering a refuge for fauna and Flora. The park is home to over 300 bird species including the lammergeyer. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive Trans boundary area which has been declared as a UNESCO reserve.
Activities carried out in Mount Elgon
Hiking & climbing Mount Elgon
The hike here is completed in 4 days and this is a medium difficulty climb. You can buy freeze dried meals and move with it on your hike. The tents are offered and in case you can buy the freeze dries meals in your home country, you are better off, since the local dried foods here are scarce and expensive. There are also lower elevation trails that are available for full and half day hike. This forest is the forth tallest mountain in East Africa and the best time of the year to hike is during the dry season.
Mountain Biking trails started in Mount Elgon and it’s near to Sipi falls area and have become so popular for those interested in Mountain biking. Get down the trails near the Sipi falls and you are to enjoy many trails especially during the dry season.
The main bird species to be seen here include; the eastern Bronze napped pigeon, Dusky-Turtle Dove, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, Alpine Chat, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Lemon Dove, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Thick-billed Honey guide, Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Hill Babbler, and Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon. There are many trails that can be taken in the foothills of Mount Elgon that are great for birding and you are escorted by Uganda Wildlife Authority guides to see the many faunas and floras as well. Birding can also be done along the sipi falls trails and see many species along the way.
The Abayudaya: Jews of Uganda Visit.
These are found in Eastern Uganda near Mount Elgon and Sipi falls, this community 100 years old. The Abayudaya are Jews by choice and not by their lineage, some of them have converted in to the Jewish conservative Tradition. These have got schools that teach a jewish and Ugandan curriculum and have got a modern hospital and state of the Arc Dental department. These also partner with the Christians and Muslims in a fair trade coffee venture that is doing well.
This is safe guided rock climbing in Sipi falls area and inside mount Elgon National Park. This is a guided and well supervised activity that is mostly enjoyed by the adventure tourists. This activity can be added in to your safari to Murchison falls. The activity takes between 2 hours to 4 hours; it can also be a half day activity.
The Trout fishing activity in Sipi falls
Sipi falls and Mount Elgon area is the only place where you can fish for mountain trout. Trout fishing is carried out past Sipi falls on the Sipi River, have lunch, drinks or water, you are always guided into the place where you can fish for trout. Trout fishing is done on Sipi River and is catch and release basis which is the same as catching and releasing Nile Perch in Murchison falls National Park. An early start is always recommended for great success.
The Budadiri Community walk
This is a great interactive cultural community walk in Bunduri Community and it’s not too far from Mount Elgon. The group offers cultural dances, guided coffee tours as well as community nature walks. The tourists can learn cultural dances, food preparation, folklore and the Malewa bamboo shoots. You can as well as have a tour of Mt Elgon’s Arabica coffee processing plants, the nature lovers can engage in one of the three trails; ie the full day Namugabwe cave trail, passing through Ba masaba community land and the banana plantations to reach the historical cave that is filled with bones.
The Bagishu- Imbalu circumcision
The Bagishu culture states it that no male can get married without being circumcised. This practice is done publically and the visitors and tourists are invited to this colorful event and a donation is recommended when photos are taken. The event happened in August and December. There are also street parades where the family and friends go with the circumcision individual to the site where the ancient ritual takes place, the place brings many people including the females that come to see the new eligible bachelors.
The Visit to the Nyero rock paintings and caves
The Nyero Rock Painting caves can be a full day tour and is accompanied with a packed lunch along which you enjoy near the caves with some great views. These are ancient rock paintings and were created by ancient cave dwellers who were the first to live in the area. These Rock painting remain in good shape and have survived many years. There are also other rock painting sites within the general area….
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