3 Day Mount Elgon Mini - Hike Adventure Safari in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda
Most safaris take place in western Uganda and miss out on the rugged beauty of Mount Elgon
National Park. Mount Elgon is an inactive shield volcano on Uganda's easten border with Kenya north of Kisumu. The mountain's highest point, named "Wagagai", is located entirely within the country of Uganda. The highest location is at 4,321 metres, Elgon is the 17th highest mountain of Africa.
It isthe oldest and largest solitary volcano in East Africa, covering an area of around 3500 km².In 1896, Charles William Hobley (a pioneering British Colonial administrator in Kenya 1894-1921) became the first European to circumnavigate the mountain. Kmunke and Stigler made the first recorded ascent of the main Wagagai summit, which is an easy scramble and does not require any special mountaineering skills or equipment. The mountain is named after the Elgeyo tribe, who once lived in huge caves on the south side of the mountain. It was known as "Ol Doinyo Ilgoon" (Breast Mountain) by the Maasai and as "Masaba" on the Ugandan side by the Bamasaba. The Bagisu and the Sabiny who practice circumcision every even year are the inhabitants of the area. June to August and December to March are the best times to visit the park since this is the dry period.The park contains varied peculiar attractions of montane forests, bamboo, giant Lobelia, brilliant species of flowers, birds, bushbuck, antelope, wild cat, rock hyrax, hyena, caves, craters, gorges, the magnificent Sipi falls and many more.
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