MOUNT ELGON HIKE - 8 DAYS MOUNTAINEERING TRIP TO MOUNT ELGON
Elgon is not a difficult mountain to climb. Aspirant hikers need to be reasonably fit, but no specialized equipment or skills are needed to reach the peaks, and the mountain is not so high that there's a serious risk of the altitude-related illnesses that regularly afflict hikers on the upper slopes of the mounts Kilimanjaro or kenya. Elgon can be climbed at any time of the year, though the dry season (June-August and December-March ). The most favourable months are November and December given the fact that it is when the highland flowers are in bloom. Traditionally, the most popular destination on the Mt. Elgon is the Sipi Falls where the Sipi River rises on the upper slopes of Mt. Elgon before cascading down the foothill over &km to form a series of four pretty waterfalls culminating in a 99m drop at an altitude of 1,775m outside the small trading centre of Sipi. The Sipi are 60km from Mbale by Road .Warm clothing's are highly recommended.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
A Tour Company representative from Abacus African vacations will pick you and depending on the time of arrival you can directly head to Jinja OR you may spend the night in
Kampala. If your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to change money this day as you get get familiar with the city. You can visit some exciting places in Kampala OR Jinja town with our tour guide depending on where you may have arrived. The places in Jinja may include; The Source of the Nile and Bujagali Falls. Dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort .
DAY 2: JINJA
After early breakfast, hikers will enjoy visiting Mabira Forest for an interesting forest walk, have a picnic and also take lunch. The group will then enjoy traditional dances by a local women dancing group. There are many options this day, such as swimming, boat rides, floating on the robust and mighty Nile. In the evening return for dinner and overnight at Jinja Nile Resort.
DAY 3: JINJA-MT ELGONAfter early breakfast, tourists will en route to Mbale Eastern Uganda and leave for Mt Elgon. You will then be transferred to Sipi Falls. After lunch, hike to the falls and return to your camp next to Sipi Falls for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: MOUNTAIN HIKING
Take breakfast and then resume the hike following the Kapkwata Trail. A scenic hike through the bamboo, heath and moorland gets you to the Piswa camp at 2850 meters. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mountains.
DAY 5: MOUNTAIN HIKINGTrek up to the verge of the calderas through beautiful columns of Lobelia Elgonensis. Visit Hot Springs and Suam Gorge before descending to the hunters cave Camp 3850m.
DAY 6: MOUNTAIN HIKING Take breakfast and ascend to the top of the calderas to the Wagagai Peak at 4321m. Descend thereafter through the Jackson summit and the Jackson pool to overnight at Mude Camp 3500m.
DAY 7: ELGON- KAMPALAEarly morning, descend through the Sasa trail to Budadiri then travel to Mbale town. En route to Kampala for your departure. Have the last Dinner and overnight at Speke Hotel Kampala
DAY 8: DEPARTUREThe clients may choose to visit places they didn't go to on arrival. This may include the Uganda museum, Kasubi Tombs, National Theatre to buy arts and crafts, and many more with the help of our driver/ guide. But this will depend on your time of departure. Later you will be transferred to the Airport at your convenient time.
We have two types of Uganda Safaris, Some opt for Luxury Safari (lodges / hotels) and others opt for Budget Safaris (camping and simple accommodation).