Mt. Elgon- Cross Border: 9 Days Kamala/ Nairobi:

DAY 1: Arrival to an Entebbe airport. Transfer to Victoria Hotel; a hotel with country style building overlooking Lake Victoria- the second largest fresh water Lake in the world. If you arrive early, you can have an optional visit to the Zoo and Botanical Gardens of Entebbe. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

DAY 2: Drive to Jinja, Uganda's second largest city via Kampala- Uganda's capital city. From its humble beginning to present day old Kampala hill has extended to sit on more than ten hills. Jinja is popularly known as the industrial center. It is Jinja that harbours the Hydro Electric Power Station that serves the country population with its electricity requirements. A visit to the source of Victoria Nile and Bujagali falls makes your day. After lunch, continue to Mbale-the 3rd largest city in Uganda. Situated along a low ridge at the foot of volcanic mountain- Mt. Nkokonjeru which is part of the Elgon National Park, the town offers splendid scenery. The rocky cliffs and waterfalls combined with the evergreen cultivated slopes forms a very attractive background that captures your attention. Dinner and overnight will be at the sunrise Hotel in Mbale.

DAY 3: After breakfast, drive via Budadiri (1250m) to Bumasola (1770m); the starting point of your Mt. Elgon climb. After brief introduction to your crew, the 4 hrs walk starts taking through a volcanic landscapes ascending the Mundange cliffs on ladders along a ridge. The numerous waterfalls that characterize Mt. Elgon are water reservoirs for the Nile. The night will be spent in tents at the top of the Mundange Cliffs (2290m) where Montana forest begins.

DAY 4: Your walk today takes you through the Montana forest and mixed Bamboo with lunch on the way to Mude caves. Enroute you will see Black and White Colobus and Blue monkeys apart from the various bird species. The Montana forest gives way to Heath and Moorland at 3000m. Overnight will be at Mude caves(3500m).

DAY 5: Today's trek takes you to point Wagagai (4321m) the summit of Mt. Elgon. As you approach the peak, you will walk along the rim of one of the world's largest Calderas, which harbours a number of small lakes left behind from Glaciers of the last ice age. Beyond the peak lies the border between Kenya and Uganda. To Mude caves for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: After an early breakfast, you will say goodbye to some of the Ugandan crew and start your 4 hrs walk through the caldera the Koitoboss the highest peak on the Kenyan side before you descend for a fly camp at the road head. At the border Kenyan KWS rangers who will accompany you on your hikes will receive you.

DAY 7: Today you descend either by foot or 4x4 to a campsite near the park gate. Vehicles will take you round Mt. Elgon National Park for game viewing with a possibility of viewing Elephants, Buffaloes, and Antelopes just to mention but a few. Lunch will be at Kitum caves; one of the famous Elephant caves where Elephants and Buffaloes visit for a mineral lick. Overnight at a fly camp.

DAY 8: After breakfast, continue to the Kerio valley, a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley. The drive takes you down to Elgeyo escarpment to the floor of Kerio Valley and up and down the Tugen Hills to Lake Bogoria National Reserve. Lunch will be taken at L. Bogoria one of the Rift Valley salt water lakes famous for its hot springs and millions of flamingoes. After lunch you will game drive at the reserve. Besides flamingoes, Zebras, Impala and sometimes Leopard can be viewed. Back at the hotel, you can enjoy a swim at the swimming pool filled with natural hot water. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

DAY 9: Continue to Lake Nakuru National Park which is another of Rift Valley lakes known for its Flamingo population. Game drives within the park gives you an unique opportunity of viewing the almost extinct Rhino, and may be lions and Leopards. Lunch will be taken at a lodge in the park. Late afternoon transfer to Nairobi or you choose to continue with our Samburu or Mara Wildlife Extension.

IMPORTANT:

  • This program can also start from Nairobi and end at Entebbe from where you can connect to your Ruwenzori climb or the Gorilla Trek.
  • Climbers must bring along their climbing gears but there is some for hire for those who don't have
  • Our porters carry 8kg of personal climbing gear.