Mt Elgon National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano that first erupted about 20 million years ago. It has the largest intact Caldera in the world measuring 40km2. It was once Africa’s highest mountain but with erosion it was reduced to its height of 4321m making it 4th highest in East Africa. 

Mt Elgon has the largest base in the world at 3840km2. It is also the largest solitary volcanic mountain in East Africa located in Eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya.

 

Mt Elgon national park covers an area of 1145km2. The national park was declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve. The main tourist attraction is mountain hiking to the caldera with the highest peak Wagagai at 4321m, Sudek at 4303m, Koitobos at 4222m and Mubiyi at 4210m.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

Good To Know

Location

Mbale District

Eastern Region

Altitude

1,150 m

Area (km2)

1,978 km²

Attractions

Waterfalls, Mountain Scenary

Activities

Abseiling, Hiking,

Tours
White water rafting is high on many people’s list of things to do while on a trip to Jinja. With some lots of good rapids and a stunning river with high level its superlative, there are some very exhilarating sections with space between to lay back and float along taking in the landscape and enjoying the nature, particularly the many species of birds to be found here.
Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wildlife safari experience where you watch animals on game drive and amazing boat safari on Kazinga Channel.
Challenge the Rwenzori Mountain Range; third highest mountain in Africa. The highest Rwenzoris are permanently snow-capped, and they, along with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are the only such in Africa. The Ruwenzoris are often identified with the "Mountains of the Moon" mentioned by Ptolemy.
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