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At 4,000km², Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.
Siipi Falls is the most popular starting point for different hikes to Mount elgon. Hikking around the falls offers stunning views of the Eastern Rift Valley and Lake Kyoga. With a cooler climate than most of the country Sipi Falls is a nice place to unwind, relax and literally chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Siipi falls is located on the foothills of Mt. Elgon and it offers a number of alternative activities to the mainstream river activities in and around Siipi falls area.
Activities and attraction: The activities and attractions within and around Mt. Elgon National Park and Siipi Falls that always offer a great experience to wildlife enthusiast and holiday travellers include;