Mount Elgon is Kenya’s second highest mountain in Kenya. It lies 140 km north-east of Lake Victoria and is bisected by the Kenya-Uganda border.
An ancient eroded volcano with a huge caldera, its summit has the spectacular flat-topped basalt column known as Koitobos.
Another unique feature of the mountain is the lava tube caves, some over 60 metres wide and only caves in the world frequented by elephants (and other animals) digging for salts.
Mount Elgon National Park was gazetted in 1968 and covers a narrow transect on its north-eastern slopes. The remaining forest and moorland is part of the Mount Elgon Forest Reserve.
PO Box 753, KitaleTel: +254 (0)54 310456/7Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the western border of Kenya with Uganda, in Trans-Nzoia District of Rift Valley Province.
Distance from Nairobi
169 square km
Go to www.kws.go.ke or contacttour operator.
The climate is moist to moderate dry. Annual rainfall is over1,270 mm
Attractions of Mount Elgon
Together with the fauna and flora, the park is endowed withvariety and breathtaking scenery of cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, mesas, calderas, hot springs, and the mountain peaks.
Wildlife in Mount Elgon
Elephant, leopard, giant forest hog, bushback, buffalo, duiker,black and white colobus, blue monkeys, and golden cat, among others. Birds: More than 240 bird species in the area, including the African crowned eagle, Ross’ turaco and red-fronted parrot.
Access to Mount Elgon
Access is via tarmac roadto Kitale, branch to murram road and then to the Chorlim Gate. Two routes to the gate can be used, either via Endebess or take the tarmac road 15 km past Kitale and turn left onto a murrum road leading to the gate.
Accommodation in Mount Elgon
Mount Elgon Lodge, 0.5 km outside the park gate
Accommodation: Kapkuro Bandas, Koitoboss Guesthouse, Kitum Guesthouse
Best time to visit
All year round
Activities in Mount Elgon
Vehicle circuits leading to animal viewing areas, the cavesand Koitoboss peak; self-guided walking trails (ask for the KitumCave guide book at the gate); hiking to Endebess Bluff and Koitoboss Peak; primate and bird watching; cave explorations;camping; horse-riding; photography.