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Mount Elgon

Moutain Elegon, Eastern Uganda
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Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano about 250 kilometres east of Kampala on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The National Park offers visitors sightings of elephants especially on the lower slopes. Other wildlife includes antelopes and monkeys. At 4000 square kilometres, Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. According to park wardens, this mountainous, […]

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Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano about 250 kilometres east of Kampala on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The National Park offers visitors sightings of elephants especially on the lower slopes. Other wildlife includes antelopes and monkeys.

At 4000 square kilometres, Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. According to park wardens, this mountainous, rocky & arid thorny savanna area of East is excellent for birders, with over 300 species, including; the endangered Lammergeyer, the White-bellied Go-away, Jackson’s Hornbill, Fawn-coloured Lark, Long-tailed Nightjar, African Grey Flycatcher & the Yellow-bellied Eremomela among others.

Mt. Elgon National Park, Pian-Upe, Bokora & Matheniko Wildlife Reserves all lie on the far Eastern side of Uganda. This mountaineous, rocky & arid thorny savanna area of East and Karamoja is excellent for birders, with over 300 species,
including; the White-bellied Go-away, Jackson’s Hornbill, Fawn-coloured Lark, Long-tailed Nightjar, African Grey Flycatcher & the Yellow-bellied Eremomela among others.

The mountain is not difficult to climb, but hikers can also check out the vast caves, waterfalls, cliffs, caves and gorges. During the night, animals frequently converge to lap up the natural salt by licking it from the cave walls.

Community tourism around Elgon
Mt Elgon is home to mainly two tribes, the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the Ndorobos who dwell deep within the forest of Benet. The Bagisu, also known as the Bamasaba, consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.

Bagisu (Bamasaaba) are the dominant people in this picturesque region where Mount Elgon towers with such authority. They call Elgon ‘Masaba’ and believe their great ancestor Mundu and Sera emerged from a hole in the mountain.
Atop this former active volcano, lies a huge depression or caldera and the surrounding area is taken up by several hot springs.

This is hilly country and ideal for long hikes and camping expeditions in the lush forests on the slopes of Elgon. The volcanic soils also allow the Elgon region to produce the tasty Uganda Arabica coffee, commonly grown by the Sebeis atop the hills.

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