This park is one of the few national parks in Africa that offers more than game viewing and bird watching. Mt Elgon found in eastern Uganda is an extinct volcano that first erupted more than 24 million years ago. With the largest surface area, it is the fourth highest mountain in East Africa with Wagagai being the second highest peak in Uganda. There are various activities to take part in for instance a 3 day climbing on the famous mountain Elgon, visiting Sipi falls, taking part in walks along the beautiful trails along the park and many others. This park with over 300 diverse species of birds is a perfect place for all the bird lovers. What makes this park unique is the fact that it has some fascinating birds such as the Golden Winged and Tacazze sunbirds, Ross’s and Hartlaubs Turacos, Black and White Casqued, Crowned Hornbills, the endangered Lammergeier, the Jackson’s Francolin which is found nowhere else in Uganda.
One of the famous sights to visit when you get to this park is the renowned mountain Elgon. Many safariers who love mountain climbing find the mountain to be an easy climb. You don’t need to be an experienced climber to actually get to see all the beautiful vegetation that envelopes this mountain. The beauty of any park is determined by the vegetation. This park has one of the most beautiful scenic composition that would attract safariers. The lower slope is covered with dense forest covered with vine-like lianas, epiphytes, and lichens. The floor is covered with a carpet of ferns, orchids and flowering plants that make the park extremely beautiful. The bamboo forest is just next; further to the top, you have the giant heathers in meadows of grass and flowers. The most exhilarating thing is that on the foothills of this mountain, you can hear the sound of the Sipi falls. Your experience with nature is never complete unless you behold the beauty this mountain has to offer.
Safariers get to experience the half-day nature walks on the various trails that have the most fascinating birds and beautiful flora and fauna. You can explore a vast Podocarpus forest, an excellent place for wildlife viewing. An adventure is not a complete one if you haven’t gone high up to the peaks of the salient mountain Elgon. The full trekking circuit to the peaks takes 4-5 days to complete and the most accessible trail to the peak is the Salsa trail. It passes through the Park’s largest area of bamboo forest. While hiking to the peaks, you get to enjoy the beauty of the vegetation at the slopes of Mountain Elgon teeming with birdlife. Safariers will find the fascinating heath and moorland zones containing several interesting endemic plant species such as giant lobelia and the groundsels beautiful for photoshoots.
At the park’s vibrant heart, you will see the magical Sipi falls which are truly a beauty and visitation to these falls is a tour worth the wait. The waterfalls are a sight to behold simply because of the scenic beauty and the roaring sound of water falling down a steep rock. This water fountain is what you would consider paradise for it gives you an illusion you can find only in fairytale book stories. In addition, there are caves behind the Sipi falls whose trails take you to the top where you will be able to see the water from above. The sight aerial view is breathtakingly overwhelming and safariers can even take photos. The most accessible of these are Kapkwi and Khauka caves. For those safariers who decide to go hiking on the mountain, these caves act as their resting grounds. Safariers who love hiking can enjoy spectacular hiking trails through friendly local villages and beautiful farming country.
Camp lovers get to enjoy the outdoor experience at the five basic campsites located at strategic points along the trekking circuit. Spending the night under the glorious stars in a national park is a whole lot of experience worth pursuing. Watching birds and wildlife trifling about the camping grounds creates a different set of memories than simply exploring by day or night. Some items such as tents and sleeping bags can be hired through the Park office in Mbale. Campsites have also been set up near the hot springs.
One sight that will blow your mind is the Tewei hill which has historical importance as it is believed to be the place that the Sabiny king would meet his subjects. The interesting thing about this hill is that from the top, you can view the three falls, the Karamojong plains, and the Wagagai peak.
Outside the park about 65km, you will find the historical Nyero rock painting which is the most incredible place one wouldn’t want to miss out on after your visit to this park. This unique historical archaeological site attracts a vast number of people who come to see and understand the mystery of these paintings.