Mount Elgon was once Africa's highest mountain, far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5895m.
Millennia of erosion have reduced its height to 4321m and it is now the 8th highest on the continent. Mount Elgon has a huge volcanic base, claiming to be the world's largest mountain caldera with breath taking hot springs and waterfalls. It is home to primates, over 300 bird species, amazing bamboo forests and is surrounded by stunning flora and fauna. Located on the Uganda-Kenyan border, it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises majestically above the surrounding plains. 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 and Biosphere Reserve. A trek on Mount Elgon’s deserted moorlands is a truly unique and special challenge.
Days 1 and 2 London - Entebbe - Jinja
Departing London in the evening we arrive into Entebbe the following day. We will be welcomed by our Ugandan team at the airport and transfer to Jinja. Our journey will take us through the stunning Mabira forest, Lugazi sugar plantation and onto Jinja, located in southeastern Uganda where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria. Jinja was founded in 1901 as a British administrative centre and grew to become one of the larger towns in Uganda. 3-hour transfer Entebbe to Jinja.
Overnight in hotel in Jinja, lunch and dinner.
Day 3 - Jinja to Sipi Falls
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Sipi Falls, which are a series of three 100m waterfalls located in the foothills of Mt Elgon. We will meet our UWA Rangers at the Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre (1750m) and prepare for our mountain trek.
Kapkwai forest is home to amazing caves, waterfalls, numerous tree, bird and animal species.
Overnight in lodge and full board.
Day 4 Kapkwai Gate – Tutum Cave
Our Sipi trail trek begins at the Kapkwai Gate where we will meet our guides, porters and cook. Heading through the dense rainforest we might see the Colobus monkeys sitting in the treetops of moss-covered trees. This first section of the Mount Elgon leads us through bamboo forest and opens up into an impressive valley, where you can often hear the calls of the hornbils echoing above. Tutum cave (which is the image above) is hidden within the forest and will be our camp for the night.
Kapkwai Gate (2050m) – Tutum cave (11km).
Overnight camp at Tutum camp cave (2667m) and full board.
Day 5 – Tutum Cave to Kajeri Cave
We begin our trek with a short rocky section and then our Sipi trail continues through the rainforest and bamboo plants. We can enjoy stunning views over the plateau as we head higher. Our camp for the night is located directly on the river below the Kajeri waterfall.
Tutum cave(2667m) – Kajeri cave (16km).
Overnight Kajeri camp cave (3383m) and full board.
Day 6 Kajeri Cave to Mude Cave
Today is a long and tough day with several mountain ridges and valleys along our trail meaning a number of ascents and descents! After about 6 hours trekking we will see a stunning crater ahead of us. In this high altitude we will be surrounded by countless colourful flowers and grasses.
Kajeri cave(3383m)-Mude Cave (22km).
Overnight Mude Camp Cave (3500m) and full board
Day 7 Mude Cave – Wagagai Summit – Mude Cave
Today is summit day and we leave early for Wagagai Peak, beginning with a steep climb to Jackson Peak. After about 2 hours we will reach the crater rim and our ascent continues for several more kilometres. The view of the surrounding plains and the crater is particularly stunning and impressive and we will be rewarded with fantastic views from Wagagai Peak, Mt Elgon’s highest peak.
Mude Cave – Wagagai Summit -Mude cave (18km).
Overnight Mude Cave Camp (3500m) and full board.
Day 8 – Trek Mude Cave to Bumasola Gate and transfer to Jinja
After breakfast, we will take an easy leg to the Sasa River Camp where our view into the valley becomes clear. The well-established path leads past the Sasa Ranger station. As we descend we head into the rainforest where you might catch a glimpse of one of the colorful Turacos, whose distinctive calls can be heard throughout the forest.
The final leg of the trek descends steeply to Budadiri (1250m) where we will meet our transport transfer to Jinja.
Mude cave (3500m)– Bumasola gate (16km). 3.5 hour transfer to Jinja.
Overnight hotel in Jinja and full board.
Day 9 –Jinja to Entebbe homeward bound
Transfer to the airport for our flight home. Breakfast and lunch included. 3-hour transfer to Entebbe.
The Trip Includes:
Tribal Tracks Leader; International economy class flights between London and Entebbe; UK international departure tax; Passenger Service Charges; Accommodation in shared rooms in Jinja; Accommodation in shared tents on trek; Supporting In-country guides; All transfers by minibus or bus as per itinerary; All meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure; Vegetarian or other meal plan can be provided, please specify at time of booking.
The Trip Excludes:
Personal Travel Insurance, Immunisation costs; Personal equipment and clothing; Boots suitable for moutain trek, Sleeping bag; Visa fees (currently not required for UK passport holders); Any locally paid international airport departure taxes; Items of a personal nature; Tipping for local guides and driver; single supplement.
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