Visiting Uganda’s East: Mount Elgon
With the breathtaking western regions of Uganda, the east is often neglected by tour companies and most travelers who visit the Pearl of Africa. With the Sipi Falls, Mount Elgon, and Kidepo Valley National Park in the far north east of the country, eastern Uganda has its beautiful spots which are worth being visited! This is our first entry in the series, Mt. Elgon.
Mount Elgon is the fourth highest massif in eastern Africa after Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, and the western Ugandan Rwenzori mountains. The mountain is, like the Virungas in the south western region of Uganda, an extinct volcano. The crater, close to the Kenyan border in the east, measures twelve kilometers in diameter. Its location is about 100 kilometers north east of Lake Victoria and the park can be reached by public means or your safari vehicle with Instinct Safaris. In fact, the size of Mt. Elgon measures 50 kilometers width from west to east, and no less than 80 kilometers north to south.
Mount Elgon’s highest peak, Waragai, reaches up to 4,321 meters and can be hiked to on three days. For people who wish to either hike at a slower pace or spend more time on the mountain, we offer to extend our hikes. Only few people know that Mount Elgon was once Africa’s highest mountain and it was far exceeding Kilimanjaro’s current 5,895m. Thousands of years of erosion have reduced its height to the 4th highest peak in East Africa and 8th on the continent.