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Most safaris take place in western Uganda and miss out on the rugged beauty of Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon is an inactive shield volcano on Uganda's easten border with Kenya north of Kisumu. The mountain's highest point, named "Wagagai", is located entirely within the country of Uganda. The highest location is at 4,321 metres, Elgon is the 17th highest mountain of Africa. It is the oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km².
In 1896, Charles William Hobley (a pioneering British Colonial administrator in Kenya 1894-1921) became the first European to circumnavigate the mountain. Kmunke and Stigler made the first recorded ascent of the main Wagagai summit, which is an easy scramble and does not require any special mountaineering skills or equipment. The mountain is named after the Elgeyo tribe, who once lived in huge caves on the south side of the mountain. It was known as "Ol Doinyo Ilgoon" (Breast Mountain) by the Maasai and as "Masaba" on the Ugandan side by the Bamasaba.
The Bagisu and the Sabiny who practice circumcision every even year are the inhabitants of the area. June to August and December to March are the best times to visit the park since this is the dry period.The park contains varied peculiar attractions of montane forests, bamboo, giant Lobelia, brilliant species of flowers, birds, bushbuck, antelope, wild cat, rock hyrax, hyena, caves, craters, gorges, the magnificent Sipi falls and many more.
Day 1: Our driver/guide picks you up from your hotel/residence, - and you drive eastward along the Jinja road. On the way, we pass throughMabira forest, cross the Nile river - Lake Victoria, tea and sugar plantations around Lugazi and Kakira. After Iganga, take the Tirinyi highway to reach Mbale town in just an hour from Iganga. Check into your favourite lodging then lunch.
Lacam Lodge or Sipi Falls Resort have amazing views of the Sipi Falls.There is a number of backpackers / campsites in the area offering a range of budget accommodations for the next two nights. After Lunch we begin to explore the nearby main Sipi Falls which is a set of 3 falls, there are caves behind the main falls. Be on the look for lots of birds to discover as you climb all the way to the top of the falls. The views are breathtaking, the hike takes about 2½ hours and make for a great afternoon.
Keep an eye open for Tacazze, Sunbirds , Turacos and Hornbill birds as many are in the area.
Return to Lodging for dinner and a wonderful view of the scenery around you. Enjoy the sunset and also get a good night's rest.
Dinner and a well deserved rest at your accommodation
Day 2 : After breakfast with packed lunch and snacks, this day is dedicated to one day hike where the park guide(s)/Porter(s) are ready to take you up to the mountain using any of the three main trekking trails. Budadiri Forest exploration centre - Kapkwai and Kapwata are all places you start to choose to ascend the spectacular mountain.
Dinner and night rest at the lodge.
Day 3: Begin the day with breakfast ready to drive back to Kampala. This is the time you will explore Jinja town and its major attractions like the source of River Nile, Bujagali falls, Itanda falls, Jinja Sailing club, Masese fishing village etc. Return to Kampala where you will be dropped to the point of picking.
Depending on your available number of days and budget, it is possible to extend your itinerary to cover Nyero early man rock paintings in Kumi district, or One-day water rafting along River Nile with Adrift Uganda Ltd.
This safari covers:
Transportation a 4 x 4, Park entrance fees, entrance fees to Sipi, source of Nile River and Itanda falls, Mountain hiking fees, ranger guide and porter's fees full board accommodations at your chosen hotel/ camp, driver/Guide subsistence allowance and government taxes
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, telephone, etc
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