Mount Elgon is an extinct shield volcano located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, north of Kisumu and west of Kitale in Mbale district, mountain Elgon is among the most interesting and amazing tourist destinations in the country where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking moments. The mountain has various caves each with its own historical background and it also gives the best environment for finding about the real cultural background of the Bagisu people who stay around and on its slops.
With mountain climbing safaris to Uganda getting to be more popular nowadays compared to the past, you can’t talk about the best destinations in Uganda for the activity and you forget mountain Elgon. Actually, many travelers prefer this mountain to others as a result of the additional tourism activity one enjoy after an interesting hike like cultural walk in the Basoga community, nature walk, bird watching among others. Sipi Falls on the mountain are amazing which are definitely worth to view.
Mount Elgon has the biggest base in Africa and this dormant volcano has become one of the best tourist destinations in Uganda. A climb to Wagagi (the highest peak) is a memorable experience and one gets at the top, he/she can have an excellent wide view the Uganda and the neighboring Kenya. Because Mount Elgon is located on the border of Uganda and Kenya, a tourist can have a great opportunity of having a view of Kenya’s eye-catching green-covered highlands and vegetations. With little known about this adventurous mountain, the local Bagisu people who stay around it say that there is more than tourism about it and according to them the mountain is attached to their culture as their ancestors used it as a weapon in times of war. They constructed caves which were used as hiding places away from the enemies during the war times. Some even stayed in the caves as their permanent home. This is why the Bagisu ancestors decided to name it “Mt. Masaba”.
Depending on the tourists’ wish, mountain climbing on Mount Elgon can be adjusted and more interesting and adventurous tourist activity can be included. It can also be extended to Kenya and really some tourists find it better to first have a hike at the mountain before continuing to their Kenya wildlife watching safaris or Uganda gorilla tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park