Elgon is a 4,321m high extinct volcano which in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Although the mountain straddles the Kenya border, its loftiest peak, Wagagai, lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Uganda side.
1,145 sq km
Near Mbale on the east border with Kenya.
Mbale lies 3-4 hours from Kampala along a good tar road.
The trail head at Budadiri, 20km from Mbale, is accessible by public transport
WHAT TO DO:
Day walks from Budadiri or within the Mount Elgon Forest Exploration Centre; hikes of four days or longer traverse the peaks.
WHEN TO VISIT:
The lower slopes are fine throughout the year. The drier months (June to August, December to March) are best for hiking.
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