8 days Mountain Elgon tour
The 8 days Mountain Elgon tour that climbs to the peak starts from the north east in Kapkwata and ends in Budadiri. Ages ago, Mountain Elgon formed after a volcanic eruption. It is however not active. The Highest peak is Wagagai 4,321m. There are attractions such as the waterfalls, hot springs and a wide caldera that is 8 kilometres wide.
The best months for the Mountain Elgon tour
In fact, the best time to visit Mountain Elgon is between June to August and December to February
Day 1: Airport EBB – Arrival at Entebbe
You are warmly received on arrival. Shortly after, transfer to the hotel for the overnight rest.
Overnight stay: Cycad Guest House (BB) or The Boma (BB)
Day 2: Entebbe to Mt Elgon 265km 5hrs
After breakfast and briefing, we drive through Kampala city. We then pass through sugar cane plantations and the Mabira tropical forest. Finally, we reach Jinja town on the edge of the River Nile and lake Victoria. Here, we visit the source of the river Nile and the old industrial town. We have lunch in Mbale town and continue to Sipi Falls which is at the bottom of Mount Elgon. In the afternoon, we have a nature walk to explore around the falls. There are beautiful views here including the plains below and the mountains above.
Overnight stay: Noah’s Ark (FB) or The Sipi Lodge (FB)
Day 3: Sipi Falls to Piswa Camp (2850m) 4hrs -5hrs hike
After an early breakfast, we drive through the hills to Kapkwata (2190m). We arrive at the station where we have a briefing before the hike. Immediately after, the guides and porters are arranged. The hike of the Piswa trail then begins. We climb gently through woodland and forest with primates and birds until you reach the first camping site for the night. The basic camp with spectacular views of the plains and hills is a cozy place for the night.
Overnight stay: Dinner and camping at the Piswa Camp (FB)
Day 4: Piswa Camp to Hunters Cave (3870m) 6hrs-8hrs hike
This morning, we begin the day with a long, steep hike to the cave. The cave which is located below the caldera has a beautiful landscape. Below and above the camp, it is so picturesque. After dinner, we enjoy a cup of tea or coffee around the camp fire. On a clear night in fact, the stars in the African sky are amazing. However, the night may be cold with temperatures below zero. (FB)
Overnight stay: Dinner and Camping at the Hunters Cave Camp (FB)
Day 5: From Hunters Camp to the Caldera and to Mude Cave Camp (3500m)
In the morning, we make the short hike in order to reach the rim of the caldera. Here, we certainly enjoy the magnificent views. Soon after, we trek through the marshy crater covered with streams and rivers. We then continue on to the hot springs. We relax here and at the same time, soak the feet in the warm water. Thereafter, we join Sasa trail and walk through the middle of the caldera. The volcanic landscape is surely breathtaking. Along the way, we encounter animals of the park. Descend to Mude Cave.
Overnight stay: Dinner and Camping at the Mude Cave Camp (FB)
Day 6: Climb to Wagagai Peak then to Sasa River Camp (2900m) 3 hrs hike
After early breakfast, we eventually hike directly to the summit at 4321m. The Wagagai Peak is the second highest in Uganda after Margherita (5,109m) on the Rwenzori mountains. Nonetheless, the climb is not very steep. Therefore the top of the mountain can be reached after about three hours. The peak has magnificent views of the crater. In addition, it has views across the border in Kenya. From Wagagai Peak, we descend back to Mude Camp and on to Sasa River Camp.
Overnight stay: Dinner and Camping at the Sasa river Camp (FB)
Day 7: Sasa River Camp (2900m) to Budadiri Ranger Station (1250m)
In the morning, we leisurely take a long, steep and slippery trail that goes down the “Wall of Death”. In the background, there are beautiful terraced hills below the mountain. We walk through homesteads and local farms. Finally, we reach Budadiri park information centre (1250m) and then drive to Mbale town.
Overnight stay: Mbale Resort Hotel (FB)
Day 8: Mbale to Kampala and departure 215km 5 hrs
We leisurely wake up to breakfast and proceed to Kampala. However, if time allows and you have interest, we do a city tour and shop for souvenirs. We transfer to Entebbe airport and prepare for your departure. TOTAL PRICE(Medium range accommodations- Bed & Breakfast)
- 2 persons: USD 1465 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- 4 persons: USD 1285 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- 6 persons: USD 1215 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- USD: 45 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
TOTAL PRICE (High Budget accommodations- Full board)
- 2 persons: USD 1725 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- 4 persons: USD 1510 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- 6 persons: USD 1415 per person (double/twin sharing) based on a private tour
- USD: 140 single room supplement outside the double/twin room
The above Price includes:
- Ground transfers
- 4×4 custom built safari vehicle with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
- Sealed Bottled drinking water
- Accommodations with mentioned meals
- Entrance fees to the National Park and sites
The following activities: Hiking, camping in the mountain, bird watching
The above Price does not include:
- Activities not in the Itinerary
- Mountain hiking equipment
- Flights and Insurances
- and visa for Uganda
- Meals and drinks not mentioned
- Tips, personal expenses such as laundry and communications