Mountain Elgon National Park; Encounter Uganda’s Largest Caldera.
Along the borderline of Uganda and Kenya, lies a majestic, awe-inspiring natural wonder known as the Mountain Elgon National Park which was named after the Famous dormant volcano – Mountain Elgon – that it encompasses as it stretches across a vast landscape with its breath-taking natural beauty and biodiversity.
Mount Elgon has the largest surface area among the extinct volcanoes in the whole world, and its 4,321m Wagagai peak is the eighth highest in the whole of Africa.
The Park spans an area of 1,279 square kilometres in the northern region of Uganda and it is uniquely split in the middle by the Kenyan-Ugandan border. The higher reaches of Mount Elgon also reveal the Park’s dramatic features including the rugged cliffs, deep valleys, and high peaks which offer breath-taking scenic views.
The Park is an extraordinary sanctuary teeming with incredible encounters of mammal species including leopards, hyenas, Forest Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, duiker, black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and about 300 species of birds including the black-and-white Rwenzori turaco, the magnificent, crowned eagle among others.
Wildlife In Mountain Elgon National Park
The Mount Elgon National Park is home to a wide range of wild mammals that roam the breath-taking landscapes of the park including elephants, buffaloes, spotted hyenas, Bushbucks, small antelopes, and also the endangered primate species such as the black-and-white Colombus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys among other which settle in the dense montane forest.
The park is home to over 300 bird species which include the black-collared Apalis, Jacksons Francolin, Lammergeyer, Black-shouldered Kite, and Tacazze sunbird among others.