Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano located on the border between Uganda and Kenya. It is the fourth highest mountain in East Africa, with its highest peak, Wagagai, standing at 4,321 meters above sea level. Mount Elgon is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, and a rich birdlife.
Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls located in the foothills of Mount Elgon, in Eastern Uganda. The falls are a popular tourist destination due to their scenic beauty and the opportunities they offer for hiking and outdoor activities. The first waterfall, known as the Lower Sipi Falls, is the easiest to reach, while the Upper Sipi Falls require a more strenuous hike. The third waterfall, known as the Simba Falls, is the most remote of the three.
A trip to Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls offers visitors a chance to explore some of the most beautiful and untouched wilderness areas in East Africa. From hiking and bird watching to cultural experiences with the local communities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, the region is known for its coffee production, and visitors can sample some of the best coffee in Uganda while learning about the traditional methods of cultivation and processing
Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda and meet our local tour guide who will assist you throughout your Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon trekking adventure. Transfer to your hotel in Kampala for overnight rest and acclimatization.
Day 2: After morning breakfast, you will embark your journey to Mount Elgon gate, Budadiri gate and check in at Rose’s Last Chance for your overnight stay at half board basic room for acclimatization at 1,250m above sea level.
Budadiri gate is located on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda. Enjoy the scenic drive through rural Uganda, passing by local villages, plantations, and beautiful landscapes.
Day 3: Mount Elgon Trekking –
Embark on your early morning Mount Elgon trekking adventure. Start early in the morning after breakfast and meet our experienced ranger guides and local community porters at the park headquarters. Begin your trek through the lush montane forest, and as you ascend, you will have your lunch break at Sasa river Camp at 2900m as you enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the park, including unique plant species and a variety of birdlife. Arrive at your campsite for the night, set up camp, and rest for the night at Mude cave camp at an elevation of 3,500m.
DAY 4: Mount Elgon Trekking
Continue your trekking journey on the slopes of Mount Elgon. Today’s trek will take you through the heath and moorland zone, characterized by giant lobelias and groundsels. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including valleys, peaks, and the stunning caldera to the Wagagai summit standing at 4,321m at a distance of 18kms to and back to Mude camp for second night in the wilderness.
DAY 5: After early morning breakfast, we shall descend from the park back to the exit point via Bumasola village to the Uganda Wildlife office for your certification for reaching the summit. Our driver guide will pick you up and drive to Sipi Falls for your stay to recover from a hectic hike and refreshment at Lacam Lodge for your full board stay.
DAY 6: Sipi Falls Exploration
After breakfast, set off for a full or half day of exploration around Sipi Falls. Embark on a guided hike to visit the three main waterfalls – the Lower Falls, Middle Falls, and Upper Falls. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the falls and the surrounding landscapes, and learn about the local culture and traditions from our local community guide. Visit a local coffee plantation and learn about the coffee-making process. Return to your lodge in the evening for overnight stay.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe International Airport for your departure flight, marking the end of your 7-day Sipi Falls and Mount Elgon trekking adventure in Uganda. Depart with wonderful memories of the beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and thrilling trekking experience.