What Is Mount Elgon National Park Known For? : Mount Elgon is famously known as the largest volcanic mountain in the whole world, which is located between the Uganda- Kenya borders. This mountain is also ranked as the oldest and largest volcanic mountain in East Africa that stands at an elevated area of about 3,000 meters above the sea level. Mount Elgon national park is considered as the remarkable destination, which commonly visited because of its diverse range of natural tourist attractions and its cultural significance, stunning landscapes, and it has a rich biodiversity, which makes it to be UNESCO Heritage and Biosphere Reserve.
Mount Elgon national park covers a total surface area of about 1,279 square kilometers and its landscapes are characterized by its rugged terrains, spectacular cliffs, deep valleys hence which creates a breathtaking scenery that attracts both nature nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers to come through and visit the park. more so, this national park has diverse flora and fauna which contributes a lot towards the ecological significance whereby the lower slopes of mount Elgon are covered with dense montane forests which transition into bamboo and heath zones while the higher elevations they are dominated by the moorlands and with giant groundsels. This national park is also seen to be a home to a variety of unique plant species and some of these species include; endemic Elgon teak, Elgon olive that adds to its botanical richness.
Bird Life in Mountain Elgon National park.
Mount Elgon national park has another captivating aspect whereby it is well known as a birders paradise due to the fact that it harbours around 300 bird species. In addition, it is recorded that the bird species within this park are of different types such as; such as; endangered and endemic species. More so, the fact that Mount Elgon national park has forested slopes, high altitude moorlands and all these provide a conducive environment for a wide array of birdlife due to the fact they act as good habitats to the species. In addition, some of these birds to see include; the Jackson’s francolin, the mustached green, African goshawk, tinker bird, Hartlaub’s turaco, Hunters cisticola, Jackson’s spur fowl and many others.
Wildlife in Mount Elgon national park.
Mount Elgon national park can also be considered as a good adventurous destination to travel to while on a safari in Uganda because touring around different areas of this national park blesses individuals with great opportunities to be able to sight see at some of the mammal species are they commonly spotted while moving through the park as they search for food and water. In addition, some of these animals include; African elephants, buffalos, and a variety of small antelopes and many others.
Activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park.
Exploring around Mount Elgon national park always grants visitors opportunities to engage in so many interesting activities, which usually tend to educative and tourists have fun while creating remarkable memories. and some of these activities include; bird watching, wildlife viewing, guided nature walks which involves individuals to walk through different trails within the park such as; the sipi trail, piswa trail, sasa trail among others which lead you through all the vegetation zones as visitors get more close to the beautiful nature and explore more through the beautiful landscapes. However, they are always accompanied with park guides who have a major responsibility of leading them through different areas and provide more information about what visitors would would like to understand better.
More so, tourists can opt to visit within the neighbouring communities where they get chances to interact with the local people such as; the Bagisu and the Sabiny people who are known to have lived around the mountain for many years. In addition, these encounters will help visitors to learn more about the local traditions, customs and history after listening to the stories of the local people and observe how they live their daily lifestyles. The Bagisu people are famously known for their ancient circumcision rituals, which are considered as the right passage for the young men, and these rituals are normally celebrated with elaborate ceremonies and traditional dances.
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