Mt. Elgon National Park covers 1,145 sq km revolving around the extinct volcanic mountain that first erupted more than 24 million years ago. This mountain has the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world (50km 80km) and with the largest intact caldera; it is also the fourth highest mountain (Wagagai peak 4,321m) in East Africa.
The mountain national park lies along eastern boarder of Uganda and western boarder of Kenya.

Elgon is an important watershed, and it’s slopes support a rich variety of altitude vegetation zones ranging from Montana forest to high open moor land studded with the otherworldly giant lobelia and groundswell plants, which are unique in Africa.

For tourists who wish to stay inside the park , there are camp sites available and the necessary camping facilities will be provided on request. One can also spend the nights in crow’s nest backpackers hostel and campsite, sipi falls hotel, Elgon Masai lodge and the up market volcanoes resort on sipi falls.
There are also many categories of accommodation in Mbale town which is not far from the park.

elgon national park

Accessing the park is by a tarmac road from Kampala city to the park headquarters in Mbale (250km, 4hrs). The nearest airstrip is in Tororo which is 45km to the headquarters.

When to visit Uganda safari
Visiting Mt.Elgon, will give you the best experience, during the dry season which is during June-August, and December-March.


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