This challenge has it all. Visit the source of the White Nile, before embarking on adventure like no other. Climbing up through jungle, bamboo forest and eventually through vast fields of giant heathers, you will reach the summit of Mount Elgon, Wagagai Peak (4321 m). Camping in remote campsites, and even caves, this challenge will test your stamina and make you dig deep, but will reward you with a huge sense of achievement.
About Mount Elgon:
It 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 breathtaking 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, this is an amazing opportunity to discover remote Africa.
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. It is a three hour transfer from Entebbe to Jinja.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 where we will stay overnight.
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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