7 Days Mount Elgon Trekking Safari

Top Destinations/Parks to Visit:

  • Jinja - Source of the NileWhere water rafting is defined in fun & excitement
  • , Mount Elgon - To the PeakMountain Hiking Adventures
  • The Mighty Sipi FallsAn impressive view of the waterfalls in the East

Activities to do on this Safari:

  • Mountain Hiking Trips
  • Nature Walks & Cave Tours

7 Days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari

Overview

Mount Elgon is the main attraction for this 7 Days Mount Elgon Trekking Safari on this relatively demanding mountain, there are lots of forest monkeys and small antelopes, along with elephants and buffalos. A checklist topping 300 birds includes many species not recorded elsewhere in Uganda. This place is ideal for birders!

Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano and the 4th highest mountain in east Africa reaching 4321 metres.the park has magnificent water falls, caves, gorges and hot springs and is excellent for hiking. There is no need for technical climbing equipments or skills needed and all major peaks are accessible to hikers. the full trekking circuit takes 4-5 days to complete, and there are also 3 day trail, 3-7 km long.The magnificent sipi falls are 66 km north of Mbale en route the forest Exploration centre and Kapkwata.

Accommodation, there are 5 basic campsites around the trekking circuit, simple accommodation is avaliable at kapkwata rest house, and the forest exploration centre at kapwai.

Access: Good road tar roads from kampala to Sipi.

Tour Highlights

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1: Transfer to Jinja Source of the Nile Town
  • Day 2: Jinja – Mount Elgon
  • Day 3 – 5 : Hiking Mount Elgon
  • Day 6: Transfer back to Kampala
  • Day 7: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in and transfer to Jinja – Source of the Nile Tour

We leave Kampala very early in the morning through Mabira where hikers will enjoy visiting the forest for an interesting forest walk, have a picnic and also take lunch. We sahll proceed to Jinja where the group will enjoy traditional dances by a local women dancing group. There are many options this day, such as swimming, boat rides, floating on the robust and mighty Nile.

DAY 2: Jinja Town to Mount Elgon

You will leave Jinja town in the morning after having breakfast in the morning  and head to Mbale, Eastern Uganda to Mt Elgon. You will then be transferred to Sipi Falls. After lunch, hike to the falls and return to your camp next to Sipi Falls for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: Mount Elgon Hiking

You will take breakfast and then resume the hike throw the Kapkwata Trail. A scenic hike through the bamboo, heath and moorland gets you to the Piswa camp at 2850 meters. You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mountains.

DAY 4: Mountain Hiking

Trek up to the verge of the calderas through beautiful columns of Lobelia Elgonensis. Visit Hot Springs and Suam Gorge before descending to the hunters cave Camp 3850m.

DAY 5: Mountain Hiking

Take breakfast and ascend to the top of the calderas to the Wagagai Peak at 4321m. Descend thereafter through the Jackson summit and the Jackson pool to overnight at Mude Camp 3500m

DAY 6: Mount Elgon and Transfer to back to Kampala

Early morning, descend through the Sasa trail to Budadiri then travel to Mbale town. En route to Kampala for your departure. Have the last Dinner and overnight at Speke Hotel Kampala

DAY 7: Departure

When you arrive in Kampala on time, the clients may choose to visit places they didn’t go to on arrival. Some of the places may include the Uganda museum, Kasubi Tombs, National Theatre to buy arts and crafts, and many more with the help of our driver/ guide. But this will depend on your time of departure. Later you will be transferred to the Airport at your convenient time.

Included

  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  •  Park Entrance Fees
  • Accommodation and Meals as per Itinerary
  •  4×4 Safari Transportation to/from airport
  •  English Speaking Tour Guide/Driver

Not Included

  • Tourist Entry Visa
  •  International Flight Tickets
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Items of Personal Nature
  •  Tips and Gratuities

Interested in this tour?

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Tour Highlights

  • Jinja Source of the Nile Tour
  • Mountain TrekkingBoth Lake Mburo & Queen Elizabeth parks
  • Sipi Falls SceneryIn Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Best Time to Visit

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda and Rwanda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

How to Obtain Tourist Entry Visa

The most easier way of getting a visa to Uganda is by purchasing it at the entry point, Entebbe Airport or any border station. This is very possible for tourists. All you need to do is pay USD 50, fill in the application form with passport dates and information. The visa fee of USD 50 usually runs for 90 days.