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7 days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle tour, Mount Elgon is found at the border of both Uganda and Kenya and it is one of the oldest and largest volcanic mountains in the whole of East Africa. The Mountain is Governed by two bodies: both Uganda Wildlife Authority and Kenya Wildlife Services. Mount Elgon is home to at least 300 bird species, quite a number of butterflies are said to be found in this National Park; not forgetting the massive vegetation that you need to see to believe.

Together with the fauna and flora, Mount Elgon National Park has a lot more attractions she has to offer for example, the caves you will see, waterfalls, hot springs, and a chance to get to one of the peaks of the mountain, among others. There is a lot to see in this 7-days Mount Elgon trekking tour that we at Simba Africa Expeditions have put together for you.

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Mountain Elgon hiking experience
7 days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle

Highlights for 7-days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle

  • Mountain Elgon Hiking trails to Wagagai Peak.
  • Travel in a customized 4WD safari Vehicle.
  • 6 nights Camping around Mountain Elgon National Park.
  • Delicious meals.
  • Service of English-speaking guide or drive
  • Airport transfers.

Detailed itinerary for 7-days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle

Day 1: Travel from Entebbe / Kampala to Mbale

Have an early breakfast and prepare for pickup from your hotel at 7:00 am, travel to eastern Uganda stopping over in Jinja for lunch and exploring the Source of the Nile, take a boat ride to the spot marked as the source of the river Nile, the longest river in the Nile. Enjoy the beautiful scenery across the Nile and Lake Victoria. Have lunch in Jinja town and thereafter drive out and proceed further east to Mbale. Enjoy wonderful views of the rugged foothills of Mountain Elgon. Transfer to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations Option

  • Upmarket: Mbale resort hotel or Mount Elgon Hotel
  • Mid-range: Kayegi Hotel
  • Budget: Wash and Wills Country Home

Day 2: Kapkway – Tutum Camp (2667 m)

After you have had your breakfast and checked out as well, you will drive via Sipi to the Kapkway Exploration Center where UWA headquarters are found. You will then have your guide and porters ready with food and camping gear for your hiking experience. You will start walking up to Tutum Cave Camp (2667 m) through Montane and the bamboo forest. The Tutum cave is magnificent as it is hidden within the forest. You will later set camp for your overnight with dinner as well. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Tutum Camp – Kajeri Camp (3383 m)

Today you will be hiking towards Kajeri Camp (3383 m) from your overnight camping station. So, you will wake up, have breakfast and set off for the day’s hike with a distance of the day to be covered as 17 km. Set camp for your overnight and dinner included. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Kajeri Camp – Mude Camp (3,500 m)

after breakfast walk slowly down after Muyembe camp towards Mude cave Camp (3,500 m) to where you join the Sasa Trail. The walk will take all day as, by the time you get to the destination, you would have had a stopover for lunch and arrived at your camping site for an overnight with dinner. The distance you will be covering for the day is 25 km. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Mude Camp to Wagagai Peak (4321 m)

Today you will be heading up to Wagagai Peak after breakfast and organizing your camp material. You will be walking through the moorland zone upwards to the peak where you will be having your lunch and returning to the Mude campsite. The journey will take all day as you will be returning for your dinner and overnight. The distance to be covered today will be 18 km. Meal plan: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Mude Camp descend to Budadiri

The trekking ends with descending to Budadiri, the gate of the National Park nearby Mbale. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Reserved for departure.

Things or Required equipment for the hike.

  • Rucksack.
  • Sleeping bag for low temperature and sleeping mat.
  • One plate.
  • Cutlery.
  • Mug.
  • knife.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Poncho or raincoat.
  • Heavy warm jacket.
  • Hand gloves-Scarf and hat.
  • One jumper.
  • A torch and some tablets.
  • Comfortable shoes to Hike on Mt Elgon.
  • Warm clothes for the night as this part of the country gets cold.
  • A good Zooming lens Camera.
  • A torch is necessary.
  • Insect repellant.

7-days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle includes:

  • Full board and meals during the hike.
  • Camping tent and camping gear.
  • Guide and one porter, carrying a max of 18kg.
  • A Cook.
  • Park Entrance fees.
  • Equipment for the hike.
  • Extra Luggage.
  • Changes in the program itinerary.
  • Transportation from Kampala and return.
  • Required equipment and organization of the hike.

7-days Mount Elgon Hiking Circle excludes:

  • Airfare.
  • Uganda Visa.
  • Luxury drinks.
  • Laundry.
  • Tips to local guides.
  • Telephone fee.
  • Porter fee while trekking.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Personal shopping bills and cigarettes.
  • Any other item not mentioned above.
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