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Mount Elgon Trekking

A hike across Mt. Elgon (4321m), which straddles the Uganda-Kenya border, with wonderful features including the largest caldera in Africa.


Mount Elgon trekkingMount Elgon is an extinct volcano with the largest surface area in the world being 50 by 80 kilometres and has an enormous crater which covers 40 kilometres at the top of the mountain. The land around Mt. Elgon is highly fertile and is known for cultivating excellent quality coffee.

 

Day 1- Today we begin with a transfer from Nairobi heading towards Eldoret via Nakuru, and then onto Kitale town which is in Western Kenya, stopping for lunch enroute. You will have dinner and sleep at Mt Elgon lodge tonight, or in the case of arriving late you may spend the night in a hotel in Kitale town.

 

Day 2 - After breakfast you will head to Rongai gate in Mt. Elgon national park to settle into your 'bandas' (African style hut) where you will have lunch at your camp site. Afterwards you can go for a nature walk to the nearby Kiptum caves which are truly stunning and where you may have the fortune of spotting the elusive Genet cat. You will then return to your camp site in time for dinner and a good sleep before your mountain trek begins tomorrow.

 

Day 3 - After breakfast you will be joined by the KWS rangers who will accompany you and your guide on your trek up Mt. Elgon. You can make a stop on the way, at the popularly known 'Famous Elephant Caves' where buffaloes and elephants visit to lick the minerals that are found in these magnificent caves. After lunch you can continue onto the camp site where you will have dinner and sleep overnight.

 

Day 4 - After breakfast, you can continue onto the Road Head which is the base to the highest Kenyan peaks of Mount Elgon. You can have a picnic lunch on the way, with dinner and over night being at the Road Head camp site.

 

Day 5 - Early morning we hike up to Koitoboss peak at 4187m, the highest on the Kenyan side of Mt. Elgon, just in time for a glorious sunrise. We will have returned to the Road Head Camp site in time for breakfast, and then descend back to Rongai gate using a different route for easier descent. You can then return to Kitale town where you may transfer to your next chosen destination, such as Lake Bogoria, one of the Great Rift Valley's famous salt water lakes renowned for it's hot springs and staggeringly massive flocks of pink flamingoes.

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