5 Days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari overview
A 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari is a rewarding hiking tour in Uganda to one of the easily accessible and hike able mountain in the Eastern border of Uganda with Kenya. This safari is completely a hiking safari through the sasa trail of Mount Elgon featuring camping for 3 nights within the mountain.
Mount Elgon scenery is filled with peaks, cliffs, caves, waterfalls, mesas, gorges, calderas, hot springs and cliffs that give a great refreshment to tourists on Uganda mountaineering safaris. Mount Elgon hike experience is the best since the mountain raises to 4,321m high at Wagagai peak, a height a little lower compared to adjacent Rwenzori mountains in western Uganda and Mount Kilimanjaro in the neighboring Tanzania.
The Sasa trail round trip is the shortest but toughest route for hiking on mount Elgon taking 4 days. The toughest climb of 1,600m is completed on the first day though the whole trek covers 1,250m. Throughout the hike, you will camp alongside your ranger guide.
5 Days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari highlights
Day 1: Your driver guide will transfer you to Mount Elgon to Budadiri where you will hike to the sasa river camp.
Day 2: You will hike from the sasa river camp to Mude camp.
Day 3: You will hike from Mude camp to Wagagai peak and then return to Mude camp.
Day 4: You will descend from Mude camp to Budadiri
Day 5: Return to Kampala and do a Jinja source of the Nile tour.
Details of the 5 Days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
Day 1 of your 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
Your professional Uganda safari driver guide will pick you up as early as possible to start the drive to Mount Elgon National Park. After arriving at Budadiri which is the starting point for the hike to the Sasa trail, your guide will arrange the ranger guide, camping gear, food and the porters then you will hike to sasa river camp which is 2900m where you will spend the night. Because of the installed sturdy staircases by Uganda Wildlife Authority, this hike is easier as you go past the steep rainforest and bamboo forest landscapes. For about 7-8 hours you will be hiking to reach sasa river camp though it depends on your physical strength.
Day 2 of your 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
After breakfast at the sasa river camp, you will proceed with the hike through the beautiful landscapes to Mude cave campsite 3500m above sea level. This hike takes about 4-5 hours where you will rest for an overnight.
Day 3 of your 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
You will walk through the moorland zone from Mude camp to Wagagai peak 4321m above sea level. It is recommendable to reach the peak before midday when the peak isn’t covered by cloud cover. You will return to the Mude campsite for a night.
Day 4 of your 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
After breakfast, you will spend the descending along the sasa trail back to Budadiri where you will relax, have an overnight at a prior booked close accommodation in Mount Elgon National Park.
Day 5 of your 5 days Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountaineering safari
You will have relaxed breakfast at your lodging facility then be driven to Jinja for an evening boat cruise to the source of the Nile. After a cruise to the source of the Nile, you will be driven back to Kampala arriving in the evening.
Let nothing stop you from hiking. When it comes to a family hike in Uganda Mount Elgon National park is the best option.