Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park
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Mount Elgon, Bungoma 00200 Kenia

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Marie
8 aportes
dic. de 2022
This park has good maps for sale! This was a big deal for me. Most Keny NP's do not have maps. I always assume it's because if they had maps then more people would forgo hiring guides. I digress....
My family and I really enjoyed this park. We were able to stay at the special campsite, which has a brook running through it (great for the kids to play in). Unlike other parks this one is walkable. We walked to the caves from the campsite and enjoyed watching the bats and checking out the crystals on in the caves. Surprisingly we were able to find the elusive, shy forest elephants one morning and really enjoyed watching them munch on leaves in the woods, just off the road. It's amazing how camouflaged they are just a few feet off the road/trail.
We were also able to watch the Abyssinian colobus monkeys, and spotted a striped jackal - two new species for us. The whole park is so very different from any others. We thoroughly enjoyed just sitting around camp and enjoying the birds and marveling at the flowers and trees.
The KWS staff were responsive and courteous. There was a large tree blocking the road to the campsite and the KWS were able to muster their forest management team with a chainsaw to clear it out of the way. Keep in mind this park is not the most visited so transactions at the gate may take longer than at some of the more popular parks.
There are guides available, but we did not seek the services of one. The roads were all very good and well maintained.
Escrita el 5 de enero de 2023
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Alex Matimu
Nairobi, Kenia73 aportes
nov. de 2022 • Amigos
Great trekking destination.
Lovely sceneries, vegetation, and waterfalls.
The caves are amazing. Create time to visit at least one. Kiptum Cave is visited by the elephants for salt licking at night.
Possible to summit within a day if one drive to Road End. Trekking from the Chorlim Gate will require at least 3 days.
Escrita el 30 de diciembre de 2022
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Dixon K
Karen, Kenia2 aportes
oct. de 2022 • Amigos
We hike Mt.Elgon and hiked to the highest peak,visited all the waterfalls and view point and I would say sceneries were superb all the way.We never get bored in any moment!
Escrita el 30 de octubre de 2022
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Hilbert
Bujumbura, Burundi16 aportes
nov. de 2021
Beautiful hike for sure! You should do it, you won't forget soon. But keep these things in mind:
- If you are a bit fit, you can easily go to Wagagai and back in 3 days (actually the last day is half a day). They might try to convince you to do it in 4 days.
- It's cold during the night! I rented a sleeping bag with UWA, but that was way to thin. I was wearing all my clothes as well, but still was very cold. Check if they give you a proper one, or else rent two of them.
- You can suffer from altitude sickness. I had headache for quite some time, but this is rare, apparently.
- If they can charge you a bit more, they will try (as everywhere in this region). If they arrange a boda boda for you, price is double or triple. To go from Mbale to Budadiri for example, you can easily arrange it yourself. Be aware that you have to pay for: Entry incl 2 guides (in dollars, by card), campsite, event. porter, tent, sleeping bag, mat and extra food. Boda boda to bring you 7 km further (for you and the porter and event. guides), tips for the great and knowledgeful guys that join you on this spectacular hike!
Enjoy!
Escrita el 8 de noviembre de 2021
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748janeh
Auckland Central, Nueva Zelanda18 aportes
feb. de 2021 • Amigos
We used John Makuruma Ndichu when climbing Mt Kenya and had such a good experience we decided to use him for our Mt Elgon expedition too.

Walking in from Chorim Gate was absolutely beautiful. The forest was dense, green and some of those trees must have been hundreds of years old. A stop at the Kitum caves was welcomed and also revealed an interesting phenomenon where the elephants dig holes in the dirt of the cave to gather minerals the soil provides.

The steady incline from the gate to the parking lot at the base of the summit, provided a gentle, non-taxing walk. The camp sites were well-sheltered and had a limited supply of water.

The climb to the summit was a little more taxing. Passing through almost science-fiction like vegetation, John provided very interesting information on the surroundings. He was patient and steady in his reassurance, ensuring we made the summit, had a cup of tea and took lots of photos before heading back to camp. He is also a great cook! The whole expedition took 4 days and 3 nights and was a great experience.
Escrita el 7 de marzo de 2021
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Andrew G
Londres, UK7 aportes
feb. de 2020
Two of us trekked up Mount Elgon over four days (three nights) starting from Budadiri. Accompanying us were two guides, two porters and a cook - all of whom can be booked through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at Budadiri. We also rented sleeping bags and tents from them - at very reasonable cost. We brought food with us but the cook could have sorted this for us a well. We stayed in Mbale the night before, but UWA have cabins to stay in at Budadiri which would have been better to stay in. We could have then got everything ready for an early start.

The trek is hard but not difficult. Alex, our guide, made sure the pace was gentle and suited to our ability. He was also an expert on birds and wildlife, pointing out lots of interesting things along the way.

We stayed at the Sasa camp on the first night - about 6 hours from Budadiri and in the middle of the forest by a stream . Then the Mude Cave camp the second night - about four hours from Sasa higher up on the upper grassland. Then back to Sasa for the third night after climbing Mount Elgon. The nights were cold so bring thermals.

It was a wonderful trip. The scenery is strikingly beautiful and I'll never forget walking past plants with such vivid colours and aromatic smells all in the company of knowledgeable and friendly guides. Highly recommended.
Escrita el 23 de febrero de 2020
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dic. de 2019 • Solitario
There is little information on visiting Mount elgon? so I just wanted to provide some up to date info.
I got a matatu from kitale to endebess for 150. From there i got a bora bora (motorbike) to the gate for 100.
I managed to get my backpack and bags on the bike but its a bumpy road.

At the gate the entrance fee is $25 for foreigners.
There is a choice to accommodation. The cottages are $40 per night and camping is $20.

If planning to hike Mt elgon there are a few choices. It is not compulsory to have a guide but if you want one it is 3000shilling a day (not sure on prices of porters)
From the gate it is around 32km to the bottom of the mountain which can be done in one very long day or broken up in two.
There is a campsite at the bottom of the mountain.
The day of the summit takes a day due to the steepness and then the descent.

You are able to pay for the jeep to take you to the bottom of the mountain but this costs 12000 shilling which is alot when travelling solo. You are able to drive your own car.

The rest of the sites in the park such as kitum caves is a must as it is really interesting. You are able to do the two caves and view point in a day which is around 25km in total. This is able to be done without a guide but for once I paid for one and he was amazing with the information he told me which i would not have known otherwise. He also took me deep into the caves to where the elephants reach and where cave dwellers used to live.
My guide was sylus +254 728 149109
The whole day was 3000 shilling and like I said I usually never take a guide but I did not regret.

Make sure you take enough supplies as there is nowhere to buy food in the park or just outside.

I would definitely recommend I woke up to a jackal near the tent and zebras. The staff are really helpful. David the caretaker was really good and was really good to chat too.
Escrita el 15 de diciembre de 2019
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915charlotte
Nairobi, Kenia46 aportes
dic. de 2018 • Familia
We stayed in the KWS self catering accommodation. It was very clean but cold. David the cottage manager, was very helpful and provided more blankets, he also helped sort the hot water out and gave us a lantern when the power went out. Baboons were present when we ate outside. Please note that there isn't an indoor fire but there is a fire pit outside the cottage. You need to take your own cutlery: there was one spoon between the three of us! We had to take turns when we ate our breakfast cereal!
The park in itself is very underused and we didn't see another soul in the three days that we were there. We went to Kitum cave, Chesurur Falls, Makingeny Cave and we also tracked and found elephants: very exciting.
Escrita el 17 de diciembre de 2018
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simongoveyausuk
Iten, Kenia44 aportes
oct. de 2018 • Familia
Just my second time here. Stunning views and we were lucky enough to watch a group of about 30 elephants for an hour. They are rarely seen in this rain forest environment but are evidently doing well with a total population of about 400. I'm very interested in the caves which are now occupied by elephant and buffalo. I suspect that early hominids lived here hundreds of thousands if not millions of years a go. I am going to do more research.
Escrita el 25 de octubre de 2018
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gregorywperkins
Charlotte, North Carolina3 aportes
nov. de 2017
Good time but not great. It is an all day trip. Plan to bring Kenya Schillings rather than American Dollars. The machine that processed them was not working. You need a guard not to protect you from the animals for from pochers that prey on the elephants. Roads are rough and really dense forest so seeing wildlife is limited but still worth the trip.
Escrita el 2 de octubre de 2018
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