Elgon is a huge volcano with the largest crater of the major peaks in Africa. It is my favorite peak in Africa. It is less crowded than Kilimanjaro, just as spectacular, and since there are less people on the slopes, you have a much greater chance of spotting wildlife. There are several waterfalls on the slopes, and there are even hot springs to soak in inside the crater! Climbing the mountain is an experience not soon forgotten.
Day 1: Departure from Nairobi towards the flow of the Great Rift Valley after breakfast, depart for Kitale. (Scheduled Shuttle bus). Arrival in the afternoon. After lunch, transfer to Mt. Elgon National Park via Endebess town and into the village of the local Sabot community. Dinner and overnight the special salt Lick campsite or Rongai campsite. Alternatively, spend the night at the beautiful Kapkuro Bandas (Lodge).
Day 2: After breakfast leave camp for a nature walk around the park. The park has a rich, unspoiled botanical diversity, tropical forests, bamboo and moorland containing stands of some of the most rare threatened species like great Podo, Elgon teak & Cedars over 240 species of birds are found. The big game include Elephant also referred to as care elephants and buffaloes, other common small game are Defassa waterbuck, giant forest hog, Oribi, bushback, civet, genet and wild cats, hyenas and Leopard are not often seen but can be heard. Care exploration (Kitum care (200) & Ngwarisha cave Makingeny cave. Picnic lunch at Elephant platform with Mt. Elgon Koitaboss pick providing a beautiful backdrop. A leisurely walk back to campsite. Dinner at a campfire and overnight at your campsite.
Day 3: 06:30 h. Wake up and an early breakfast will be provided. Have a 7 to 8 hours walk with picnic lunch enroute. Blue Debrazza monkeys and black and white Columbus monkeys, mountain francolins, turracos and black and white casqued hornbills, will make your day. Dinner at a campfire and overnight at your campsite.
Day 4: 06:00 h. Have an early morning breakfast. Depart for Koitobass peak the highest peak in Kenya (4,155 m) A 3 to 4 hours walk to the peak. Point Wagagai, the highest peak at (4321m) and in Uganda side can be seen from Koitobass. The Scenery is breathtaking, with the rolling hills on all sides below you. On your way, mountain francolin, guinea fowl. Malachite Sunbird can be seen. Beautiful Mountain vegetation great Lobelia, Ostrich lobelia and Hilichrysum (formosissimum (pink/white everlasting flowers) Will grace your morning walk. Lunch will be provided and enjoy the whole afternoon sunshine. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 5: Leave at 7:30 am after breakfast ascending through the thick forest enjoying the morning sunshine, a leisurely walk via Kapkuro Bandas, Rangers quarter hence getting to the Park Headquarter. Transfer to the shuttle bus and connect to Nairobi through Nakuru. Arrive in the evening at Nairobi. Drop off at your Nairobi Hotel.
What do you need to bring with you:
- Down sleeping bag -15 degrees centigrade
- Rain jacket (Poncho)
- Rain trouser
- Balaclava (hat woolen)
- Warm clothes down jacket
- Thermal underwear
- Fleece jacket
- Hiking boots (water proof)
- Walking sticks
- Head torch
- Sun glasses
- Ruck suck 65L. to be carried by porters.
- Day pack 35L for your personal effect.
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