TOP ATTRACTIONS IN MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK

Mount Elgon National Park, established in 1992 in Uganda, is named after Mount Elgon, a volcanic mountain that erupted 24 million years ago.

The park is home to various animals, including leopards, hyenas, duikers, and several monkey species. Its rich flora attracts many bird species, making it a prime location for bird watching, game viewing, hiking, and nature walks.

Mount Elgon National Park features many attractions. Here, we will describe the top attractions.

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon itself is a top attraction; it is an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. The mountain’s name comes from a Masai word ‘‘Elongyi’’ that mean ‘‘Mountain in a form of breast’’.  

This mountain has existed for more than 25 million years; and was the first highest mountain those days but due to many erosions it reduced to 4.321m peak Wagagai that makes it the 4th highest mountain in Africa and the 8th on earth. Two main tribes settle around this mountain; Bagisu that consider Mount Elgon as the embodiment of their founder father Masaba and Sabiny.

This is a great place you should visit when you reach Uganda or Kenya.

Sipi falls

Sipi falls are waterfalls located in Mount Elgon national park in eastern Uganda. This three waterfalls are one of the best attractions in Uganda visited by many tourist. With it cool climate you will enjoy it most. Moreover, it is surrounded by plantations of coffee; Karamoja low land and other surrounding areas.

Sipi falls are a better place for hiking; by following the river it will be easy to track. While hiking you will get the privilege of working through farms; watching birds and getting some peace of mind hearing the flowing water of the river. The amazing part of hiking at sipi falls is that while doing it if you are lucky enough you will get to see some wildlife.

Kitum Caves

Kitum Cave, an ancient lava tube over 200 meters deep, is located in Mount Elgon National Park. It is believed to be home to the Ebola and Marburg viruses, making it one of the most dangerous places on earth. This reputation stems from the deaths of two visitors: a French man and a 15-year-old boy. Although the United States sent researchers to identify the species responsible for the virus, they found none

Kitum Cave is one of five elephant caves in Mount Elgon National Park. Despite volcanic mountains being rich in minerals, Mount Elgon loses many of its minerals due to frequent heavy rains. Elephants, seeking sodium, enter the cave and use their trunks to gather the loose minerals found there.

Sisiyi falls

Sisiyi Falls are in the eastern part of Uganda within Mount Elgon National Park. Though not as well-known as Sipi Falls, they are a treasure for tourists. Sisiyi Falls get their name from their continuous flow of water throughout the year. Even in the dry season, the volume decreases but does not dry up.

While touring this area you will enjoy seeing plantation of coffee; banana farms; even a forest of trees and also you will get the privilege of interacting with the local community.

As said earlier Mount Elgon national park has many attractive sites; the ones we highlighted up are only top attractions; you will discover more when you will decide to visit it.

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