At 4,000km² Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer 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 buffalos also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area that has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve. A climb on 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. -
Size: 1,121km² 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 have reduced its height to 4,321m, relegating it to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th on the continent. Mt Elgon is home to two tribes, 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. There are several trekking trails around Mount Elgon. The full trekking circuit to the peaks takes 4 to 5 days to complete, following Sasa or Sipi Trails. From Kapkway Exploration Centre (UWA quarter).
The trekking circuit of Mount Elgon
Trekking: The Sipi Trail 5 days 4 nights This trail is easier and more gradual and it passes through interesting sites like Tutum cave.

Day 1: Arrival and pick up from Entebbe airport. Transfer for overnight in Kampala at Cassia Lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Mbale today (Approx: 7hrs drive)
Today we transfer to Mbale wih lunch break in Jinja Town then arrive later afternoon and check in at your hotel in Mbale for dinner and overnight.
Stay at Protea Mbale

Day 3: The hike Kapkway yo Tutum Camp (2667m)
In the morning from Mbale, passing via Sipi, you will reach Kapkway Exploration Center, UWA headquarters. After organising the porters with the food supplies and camping gear, you start walking up to Tutum Cave Camp (2667m) through montane and bamboo forest led by the guides. Tutum cave is hidden within the forest. Dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 11 km. Altitude gained today approximately 900m.

Day 4: The hike Tutum Camp to Kajeri Camp (3383m)
After breakfast proceed the hikes to Kajeri Camp (3383m) for dinner overnight. Distance covered: 17 km. Altitude of the day: 900m.

Day 5 – From Kajery Camp to Mude Camp (3.500m)
After breakfast walk slowly down after Muyembe camp to Mude cave Camp (3.500m), where you join the Sasa Trial. Dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 24 km. Altitude of the day: 120 m.

Day 6 – From Mude Camp to Wagagay Peak (4321 m) and return to Mude
After breakfast you walk through the moorland zone up to the main peak, Wagagai, and return to the Mude campsite for dinner and overnight. Distance covered: 18 km. Altitude of the day: 820m.

Day 7– From Mude Camp descend to Budadiri:
After breakfast we descend to Budadiri for the park gate exit and drive to Jinja for an overnight stay at Jinja Nile Resort.

Day 8: Departure today:

Rates 2014-15
2-4 pax $2540
5-6 pax $2250
7 pax+ $2080
Tour leader $1200
Single Room Supp. $700

Required equipment and organization of the hike:

Required equipment for the hike: rucksack, sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat, one plate, cutlery, mug, knife, trekking shoes, poncho or rain coat, heavy warm jacket, hand gloves, scarf and hat, one jumper, a torch.

How the hike is organized: The group or the individual person is accompanied by a Guide and by one “porters”, who has the duty of transporting some of the luggage for up to 18kg per person (the rest is extra luggage and it will be chargeable at extra cost). Adventure Natural African Safaris provides the food menu, cooking equipment, tents and camping gears. The cook will help organizing food while the porter will help in the camping. Drinking water will be available at all time.

The package includes:
• Airport Transfers & Ground Transfers
• Lodge/Hotel Accommodation on arrival and overnights as per itinerary
• Tents for two persons as Accommodation in the Mountains & a Sleeping Bag
• Mountain food & bottled drinking water
• Guides and porters,
• Air Rescue by AMREF
• 1porter per person up to 18kgs
• Park entry fee
• Cooks, Gas for cooking
• Fuel, rescue fee and government tax

The package excludes any cost of personal nature like:
• Tips
• Visas
• Laundry
• Souvenirs
• Personal drinks and cigarettes
• International Air ticket and related costs
• Personal Comprehensive Insurance covers

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