At 1121km² Mount Elgon National Park boasts the magnificent Mount Elgon. Mount Elgon is one of Uganda’s oldest natural features that first erupted over 24 million years ago. It is located on the Kenya-Uganda border and is the oldest, largest solitary volcanic mountain in East Africa. It’s the 4th largest peak in East Africa standing at 4321m above sea level. Mount Elgon is a significant watershed for a number of rivers including River Sipi that forms the spectacular Sipi Falls. There are a number of tourist activities including, game viewing of wildlife, nature guided walks, hiking, bird watching and visiting the magnificent Sipi falls. Hiking is the main tourist activity, with a climate that is not harsh, both experienced and medium experienced climbers can enjoy mountaineering here.
The park boasts of a variety of wildlife to see including waterbucks and elephants. Mount Elgon National park is also home to over 300 species of birds inclusive of 40 restricted-range species such as Jackson Francolin and black collard apalis. The mountain slopes also support an amazing array of altitudinal vegetation. The best time to visit the park is in the dry season between June to August and later between December to March. The park has a number of hotels and lodges to ease your stay in the area. The park can be accessed by road and by air.