Established in 1993, it is one of the most recently created of Uganda’s national parks with a mountain range in its midst- Mt Elgon. It traverses the Uganda border into Kenya and its views from the higher reaches across the wide plains are the most spectacular in Uganda.
Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano with alarge surface area (50km by80km).Situated in the Eastern part of Uganda is the fourth highest mountain in east Africa. With Wagagai peak the second highest peak in Uganda. It can best be ascended from the Ugandan side. The majority of the people surrounding this mountain are the Bagisu and Sabiny popularly known for conducting circumcision ceremonies.
Elgon has rich vegetation zones ranging from lush montane forest; mixed bamboo to spectacular moorland hyrachs famous for the rare and endemic plant species which are unique like giant Lobelia Elgonensis.The beautiful and capturing wild everlasting flowers mixed with dense shrubs makes Elgon a spectacular attraction. Bird species like sun birds and endangered lammergeiers are recorded. Primates like monkeys inhabit the mountain. Animals include elephants, bush buck, buffaloes and duiker.
Volcanic mountain climbing and trekking is one of the main activities through any of the three main trailheads of Sasa, Sipi or Piswa.Guided nature walks, bird watching, visit to the wonderful caves and viewing of the majestic sipi falls.