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Ancient volcano on the Kenya/Uganda border

The eighth-highest mountain in Africa is known for its unearthly high-altitude vegetation, forest birds and the spectacular Sipi Falls.

Straddling the border of Kenya and Uganda, Elgon is an ancient jagged-peaked volcano with the broadest base of any freestanding mountain in the world. Associated with the same tectonic activity that created the Rift Valley, it first erupted at least 20 million years ago, and remained active for another 10 million years.

In its prime, it was taller than Kilimanjaro is today, and even now it rises to an impressive 4,321 metres on the southwest caldera rim. A notable landmark on the Kenyan side is the salt-lick at Kitum Cave, which is mined by elephants that gouge out the walls with their tusks, extending the shaft deeper into the mountain, a phenomenon only likely to be seen on a nocturnal visit.

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Philip Briggs says

Elgon is quite a low-key national park and, while I've spent a couple of enjoyable nights around the entrance gate, it wouldn't rank on my list of Kenya's must-sees. Nearby Saiwa, by contrast, is bizarrely underrated and an excellent place to see the remarkable sitatunga and De Brazza’s monkey.

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The upper slopes on both the Kenyan and Ugandan side of Mount Elgon are protected in national parks that offer much to hikers and wildlife lovers but are little visited and rather poorly developed for tourism. Mount Elgon supports a rich birdlife, with more than 300 species recorded, among them moorland francolin, moustached green tinkerbird, black-collared Apalis, Hunter’s Cisticola, Alpine chat, Weyns’s weaver and the endangered lammergeyer, or bearded vulture.

The most accessible of Elgon's high altitude habitats, dominating the landscape around the entrance gate to the Kenyan national park, is a belt of montane forest inhabited by blue monkey, black-and-white colobus, leopard, bushpig and buffalo. The upper slopes of the mountain support a beautiful but chilly moorland habitat dotted with clumps of giant lobelia and giant heather.

A worthwhile excursion near Elgon is Saiwa Swamp National Park, where a series of rickety wooden viewing platforms offer a rare opportunity to see the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, the white-bearded De Brazza’s monkey, and the colourful Ross’s turaco and double-toothed barbet.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Elgon National Park

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

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Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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Two male lions tried to take on an older female lion. The alpha male recently died and they were trying to take over his pride. The female lion was having none of it and while the males tried to tag team her; she swatted her massive paw at…

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