Mt Elgon National Park
Lying 256 kms north east of Kampala, bordering with Kenya in eastern Uganda, Mt. Elgon National Park covers an area of 1155 sq. kms. It offers a diverse variety of scenery, vegetation and cultures.
Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano and is one of Ugandas oldest physical features which first erupted about 24 million years ago. With gradual slopes to the crater rim, lying at 4,321 metres above seal level. Mountaineering skills are not required. The whole region is excellent for hikers and climbers, with caves, rock painting, gorges, waterfalls providing excellent scenery. Sipi Falls, at the foothills of the mountain is a favourite destination.
The parks has a variety of small game including, duiker, hyena, leopard, chimpanzee, buffalo and elephant and numerous species of bird-life.
Together with the fauna and flora, the park has a variety of scenery; this includes cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, mesas, calderas, hot springs, and the mountain peaks.The most popular areas are the four explorable, vast caves where frequent night visitors such as elephants and buffaloes come to lick the natural salt found on the cave walls. Kitum cave, with overhanging crystalline walls, enters 200 m into the side of Mt. Elgon.
There are five designated campsites at Sasa River, Mude Cave, Hunters Cave, Piswa Patrol Hut and Kapkwata with basic amenities. Visitors needs to carry their own tents and food.
Kapkwata Guest House has three main rooms with a sleeping capacity for seven people.
There are several hotels in Mbale town ranging in price and quality.