5 Days Mount Elgon hiking safari
5 Days Mount Elgon hiking safari: this is an adventurous opportunity of spending 5 days and 4 nights in Uganda basically on a hike to summit the highest peak known as Wagagai peak of Mount Elgon which is at 4, 321m high above the sea level. Mount Elgon is situated in eastern part of Uganda in Mbale region within Mount Elgon national park also bordering with Kenya. This 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari starts from Kampala- Uganda and ends in Kampala or Entebbe for departures. Throughout this 5 days safari, you will be in position to summit the highest peak of Mount Elgon via a well-defined hiking trails since we have three well known hiking trails that lead to Wagagai with different sightings along the way. For instance there is Sipi trail where hikers on this trail start to ascend from Kapapkwai and enables hiker to visit the Sipi water falls, Tutum caves, among others. Sipi trail is considered to be the longest trail covering about 56km to make a round trip, followed by Piswa trail that starts from Kapkwata and this covers 49 km to make a round trip. And the last one is Sasa trail that runs from Budadiri known to be shortest taking about 4 days or even 3 days to summit the Wagagai peak at 4321m and in this case, this Itinerary will take you via Sasa trail which is the best, easiest, and shortest thus the most used trail by several hikers. However, during descending, you may opt for a different trail such as water fall trail.
This 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari starts from Kampala or at your lodge and connects to Mbale for Mount Elgon hiking to make a round trip. During the hike, you will be in position to encounter lots of attractions ranging from the local Bagishu and Sabei, hike via coffee plantations, montane and bamboo forests, encounter with mammals such as cats, antelopes, view the beautiful vegetation cover, caves, and many more then return to Kampala via Jinja for white water rafting/ source of the Nile and end your safari at Entebbe international airport.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 5 DAYS MOUNT ELGON HIKING SAFARI
- Day 1: Transfer to Budadiri and hike up to Sasa river camp
- Day 2: Hike from Sasa river camp to Mude camp
- Day 3: Hike from Mude to Wagagai peak and back to Mude
- Day 4: Descend from Mude to Mbale
- Day 5: Drive to Jinja for white water rafting and drive to Kampala for departures
Day 1: Transfer to Budadiri and hike up to Sasa river camp
Kampala to Budadiri and to Sasa camp: On day 1 of 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari, you will be picked up from your hotel in Kampala / Entebbe and start the drive to Mbale with an enroute lunch. Upon arrival in Mbale, you will proceed with the journey to Budadiri where the hike to Summit Mount Elgon starts. From Budadiri, you will be briefed about the formation of Mount Elgon, the expectations during the hike, the dos and don’ts etc. ensure that you hire a porter to assist you in carrying extra luggage before setting off. After the briefing, you will be offered a hiking stick and alongside armed rangers both in front and behind you, you will embark on a fascinating hike via plantations and local communities and hike up to Sasa camp situated at 2900m above the sea level after covering 1700m hike since the hike starts at 1200m above the sea level. At this level, you will be in position to enjoy your dinner and take rest.
Day 2: Hike from Sasa river camp to Mude camp
Sasa camp to Mude: On day 2 of 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari, you will wake up at Sasa River camp for an early breakfast then proceed with your hike to Mude cave camp at an elevation of 3500m above the sea level. At this level, you will have covered a 600m walk within 4-5 hours thus you will camp at this point for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Hike from Mude to Wagagai peak and back to Mude
Mude to Wagagai and back to Mude: On day 3 of 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari, you will enjoy your breakfast at the camp then set out for a hike to summit the highest peak, known as Wagagai peak situated at an elevation of 4,321m above the sea level. This will take you about 9 hours to reach at the top after covering a distance of 820m walk. Once you reach at the top, you will be in position to enjoy the cool breath from down the mountain and later descend back to Mude where you will then enjoy dinner and have an overnight at Mude camp.
Day 4: Descend from Mude to Mbale
Descend from Mude: on day 4 of 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari, you will wake up at the camp, enjoy breakfast and set off to start descending back to Mbale via any other trail. For instance on day 4, you may descend via Sipi trail in order to maximize your sighting. Including Sipi River, Sipi water falls, caves and many more in addition to sighting during the hike via Sasa trail. Lunch will be enroute and dinner at the base of the mountain.
Day 5: Drive to Jinja for white water rafting and drive to Kampala for departures
Drive to Jinja: this is last day of your 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari and you ought not to miss out white water rafting at Itanda water falls in Jinja or else you may opt for a visit to explore the source of the Nile since the two can’t be done in one day. Later on, enjoy your lunch in Jinja and transfer back to Kampala via Mabira forest. Once in Kampala, you will proceed to the airport for departures.
END OF 5 DAYS MOUNT ELGON TREKKING / HIKING SAFARI
Inclusive in this 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari
- A 4×4 safari vehicle for ground transportation
- Mount Elgon hiking fee
- Park entrance fees
- Ranger fees
- Accommodation as per Itinerary
- All meals as per Itinerary
- All activities included in the Itinerary
- Enough drinking water
- Hiking stick
Exclusive in 5 days Mount Elgon trekking / hiking safari
- Optional activities
- Life insurance
- Other drinks apart from water
- Hiking gears such as shoes, rain coat, long sleeved attire, insect repellant, sun glasses, cap
- Other expenses of personal nature such as Email services, airtime and laundry.