AVU030 – HIKING SAFARI ON MOUNTAIN ELGON (8 DAYS)

Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world with 4000km², and a surface area of (50km by 80km). This enormous mountain is shared by both Uganda and Kenya. Lying on both the Eastern border of Uganda and the Western boarder of Kenya, it’s the oldest and largest solitary, mountain in East Africa. This mountain climbing safari will give you the ultimate goal of descending into the vast 40km² caldera. Reaching the Wagagai peak on the Uganda side is an amazing experience.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: Airport Transfer from Entebbe
Day 2: Kampala – Jinja
Day 3: Jinja – Mbale About 6 Hours;
Day 4: Transfer to Mount Elgon National Park
Day 5: Sasa River Camp- Mude Cave (15.5 km). About 6 Hours
Day 6: Mude Cave-Wagagai Peak-Mude Cave. (18 Km). About 4 Hours
Day 7: Hunters Cave Camp. (10.5 Km). About 3 Hours
Day 8: Piswa Patrol Hut and return to Kampala

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1: Airport Transfer from Entebbe
Arrival at Entebbe International Airport. Transfer to Victoria Hotel; a hotel with country style building overlooking Lake Victoria – the second largest fresh water lake in the world. If you arrive early, you can have an optional visit to the Zoo and the Botanical gardens of Entebbe.

Accommodation: Imperial Resort Beach Hotel (Luxury),

Boma Guest House (Mid-range),

The Lodge (Mid-range and Budget)

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Kampala – Jinja
After breakfast, depart by road for Jinja via Kampala Uganda’s capital city. From its humble beginning to present day, old Kampala hill has extended to sit on more than ten hills. Continue having a stop over at Mabira Forest for an interesting forest walk; here you will be able to see the primates, birds and butterflies. You will continue to the source of the Nile. This is a spot where John Speke first discovered the source of the Nile River. You will continue to Jinja Nile Resort/Sunset hotel where you will be staying. In the early evening, you will relax by the side of the swimming should you wish or go to Bujagali Falls where different cultural activities take place like Acrobatic, Dances, waterfalls.

Accommodation: Imperial Resort Beach Hotel (Luxury),

Boma Guest House (Mid-range),

The Lodge (Mid-range and Budget)

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 3: Jinja – Mbale About 6 Hours:

Jinja is popularly known as the industrial Centre. It is Jinja that harbours the Hydro Electric Power station that serves the county’s population with its electricity requirements. A visit to the source of Victoria Nile and the Bujagali Falls makes your day. After lunch, continue to Mbale – the 3rd largest city in Uganda. Situated along a low ridge at the foot of a volcanic mountain – Mt. Nkokonjeru, which is part of the waterfalls, combined with the evergreen cultivated slope forms a very attractive background that captures your attention.

Accommodation: Mt. Elgon Hotel/Wash and Wills hotel.

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Day 4: Transfer to Mt Elgon:

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and drive east to Mountain Elgon via Mbale towns. Mountain Elgon is a 4,321 metre high. Spectacular scenery is the main attraction for the hiker on this mountain with a variety of forest monkeys, small antelopes, with elephants, buffalo and about 300 bird species.

Accommodation: Sipi River lodge or Lacam lodge (Luxury) Travel Time:) About 6 Hours (Approx. 270 Km.) Meal Plan: Full Board.

DAY 5: Sasa River Camp- Mude Cave (15.5 km). About 6 Hours:

Hiking starts in the morning. Ascend via the Sasa trail and then descend via the Piswa trail. This journey takes approximately 4 hours. From Budadiri take the trail that leads to Sasa River Camp where you climb up to Mude Cave campsite. If you are an experienced / stronger climber, you may leave Mude and continue climbing up to Jackson’s summit 4,192 m (2 hrs climb).

Accommodation: Mud Camp (Mid- range) Hiking Time: (15.5 Km). About 6 hour Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 6: Mude Cave-Wagagai Peak-Mude Cave. (18 km) about 4 hours:

Early in the morning, hike from Mude Cave climb to Wagagai Peak (4,321 m). Later descend to Mud Camp for the night.

Accommodation: MudCamp(Mid-ange) Hiking Time: About 4 Hours (18km) Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 7: Hunters Cave Camp. (10.5km) about 3 hours

From Mude Cave descend to the Caldera and Hot Springs.

Accommodation: Hunter’s Cave (Basic) Travel Time: About 3 Hours (10.5km) Meal Plan: Full Board

DAY 8: Piswa Patrol Hut and return to Kampala.

From the Hunter’s Cave Camp trail descend to Piswa Patrol Hut. Return to Kampala via Jinja and Mbale town.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

End of 8 days Mount Elgon Hiking Safari.

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entrance Fees.
Park Ranger Fees.
Porters and chef fees.
Equipment Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation and en route meals as indicated in the Itinerary (7nights).
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer provided your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Airfares
Personal Insurance
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities.

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$) Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and night after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Basic – 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)

Airport Transfer fare: Entebbe-Kampala USD 30 and Kampala-Entebbe USD 40