Uganda Birding Safaris in Mount Elgon National Park Uganda

Mount Elgon National Park is a popular family friendly hiking safari in Uganda/Tour in Uganda destination. With several trails for hiking this Trans, Boundary Mountain is a great hiking destination for families on Uganda safaris/Tours Uganda. Mount Elgon National Park is home to 300 bird species including 40 restricted range species. Being a great Uganda birding safari/Birding tours in Ugandadestination, 56 of the 87 Afro tropical highland biome species live here, notably the Moorland Francolin, Moustached Green Tinkerbird and Alpine Chat. Birding in Mount Elgon National Park is one of the great activities in Mount Elgon National Park especially for avid birders who would love to tailor bird watching and hiking.

Bird Species in Mount Elgon National Park

Birds whose Ugandan range is limited to Mount Elgon include the Jackson’s Francolin and Black-collared Apalis seen only on a birding safari in Uganda to the park. Among those limited to just a few mountains in eastern Uganda are the Black-shouldered Kite and Tacazze Sunbird. Mount Elgon is one of the few places in Uganda where the endangered Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture can be seen, soaring above the caldera and Suam Gorge. Other species spotted while birding in Mount Elgon National Park include; the African Goshawk, Chubb’s Cisticola, White-chinned Prinia, African Blue Flycatcher, Chinspot Batis, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Dohertys Bushshrike, Luhders Bushshrikes, Baglafecht Weaver, Cinnamon Bee Eater, Moustached Tinkerbird, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Tacazze Sunbird, Olive-naped Pigeon, Bronze-naped pigeon, Black Kite, Black-collared Apalis among others.

The Jackson’s Francolin, Red-fronted Parrot, Red Chested owlet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Forest Wood-hoopoe, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Black –collared Apalis, Purple Throated cuckoo-shrike, Golden –winged and Tacazze Sunbirds, oriole Finch and many more can be seen on a Uganda birding tour to Mount Elgon National Park.

Best spots for Birding  in Mount Elgon National Park

The best spots to have a glimpse of the bird species of Mount Elgon include; Kapkwai Forest Exploration Centre, in particular in the secondary forest and thick shrub along the loop trail to Cheptui Falls. At this point you can possibly sight the African Goshawk; Chubb’s Cisticola, White-chinned Prinia, Moustached Tinkerbird and African Blue Flycatcher among others.

Mount Elgon is a trans boundary destination not only available for a Uganda safari tour but also can be visited by tourists onKenya safaris/ Kenya toursor wildlife safaris in Kenya. If you need more hiking adventures, aTanzania safari/ Tanzania touror hiking safari to Tanzania/ Tour to Tanzania is a great option. For bird watching, continuing for a Rwanda safari/Rwanda tour or Congo tour can be much rewarding.

Other interesting activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park

Mountain Elgon is a prime mountain climbing destination for tourists planning “friendly” mountain hiking safaris in Uganda/ Tours in Uganda. When one hears of Mount Elgon its always about the hike and this is because of the more favourable peaks, lower than those of Mount Rwenzori in Uganda or Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Other reasons for this being the better hiking option is the milder climate since the altitude is lower and geographically it is stated that the higher you go the cooler it becomes. Mount Elgon is also less congested since it’s off the beaten track, therefore, you enjoy the stay here and have all of the greatest moments in the company of a small crowd.

When you choose to go hiking on your Uganda safari at Mount Elgon there are options to take on one of the trails according to your interest. The trails include; the piswa trail which is a long but most gentle trail that takes 7 days covering 49km, the Sipi trail which is a 56km taking 4-6days and the longest, the Sasa trail which is the shortest but toughest route taking 4 days and the combined trail hiking. The different kinds of trails, therefore, offer different choices on which one chooses what suits them.

Indeed, refreshing and rewarding is a tour to the sipi falls in Kapchorwa district. Welcoming you from a distance with its pulsating sound the Sipi falls is a combination of three waterfalls each flowing from a different altitude. The highest and major waterfall cascades from 100m above sea level and is taken as the main attraction of Sipi. The second waterfall flows from about 75m above sea level with upper cascades before the plunge. The third waterfall cascades from about 85km above sea level with a beautiful lush view around it. A sipi falls hike is more than just one of the activities to do in Mount Elgon National Park but something that will refresh you. On the hike, you visit the caves, pass through plantations, flowing streams and take a coffee tour or even learn how to process it locally.

Mount Elgon National Park, is one of the places you can visit as you continue for a Uganda wildlife safari as you continue to Kidepo Valley National Park far northeast of Uganda.

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