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Hiking Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls

by Marin Ritmeijer

Mount Elgon is a 4321 metre high extinct volcano which, in ancient times, stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today.

Although the mountain straddles the Kenyan border, its loftiest peak, Wagagai, lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Ugandan side. The nearest town is Mbale, but many visitors choose to combine a visit to Mount Elgon with Sipi Falls, located at the northern foothills. The mountain is not especially difficult to climb, but hikers should be prepared for chilly nights and rainy or windy weather. It is obligatory to take a guide with you from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA). The most established route up Elgon is the Sasa Route, starting from the trailhead in Budadiri, or the Sipi Route starting at the Exploration Centre at Kapkwai. Refer to our Campsites & Lodges page for recommendations on places to stay.

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