Mountan Peak: 4,321m
This extinct volcano is one of Uganda’s oldest physical features, first erupting around 24 million years ago.
Mt Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Millennia of erosion reduced its height to 4,321m, placing it as the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th in Africa.
Mt Elgon is home to two tribes, namely the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the marginalized Ndorobos forced to 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.
About Mountain Elgon National Park
Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world, measuring at about 4,000km². Located on the Uganda-Kenya border, it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. The mountain’s cool heights provide respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffaloes have also found a habitat on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
Climbing Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.
Featured Sights and Animals
Activities to look out for.
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Community Walks
- Mountain Climbing