Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon National Park is situated about 420 km from Nairobi.  The size of the park is approximately 196 km2.
Mount Elgon National Park is situated on the boundary of Kenya and Uganda. The park is about 140 km North-East of Lake Victoria. It is distinctively split down the middle by the Kenyan-Ugandan border. Mount Elgon is an essential water catchment for the Nzoia River which streams to Lake Victoria as well as for the Turkwel River which flows into Lake Turkana.

A climb on Mt. Elgon’s uninhabited moorlands unveils a wonderful and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the final goal on accomplishing to reach the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321metres above sea level Wagagai Peak, but then a descent into the vast 40km² caldera.

Wild animals that can be spotted include leopard, giant forest hog, leopard, Elephant, buffalo, black and white colobus, duiker, blue monkeys, bush back, giant forest hog, and golden cat. More than 240 bird species have also been recorded in this area.

The climatic condition of the destination is moist to moderately dry and receives 1,270mm rainfall annually.

How to get to Mount Elgon National Park
The National Park is accessible through a tarmac road from Nairobi to Kitale, then branch to murram road that will lead you to the Chorlim Gate. It can also be accessed through the air as there is an airstrip in the park

Best time to visit Mount Elgon National Park

Best time to visit – All year round

Park Gates

  • Chorlim (main gate)
  • Kassawai
  • Kiptogot
  • Kimothon

Attractions at Mount Elgon National Park

  • Magnificent Waterfall
  • Caves
  • Viewing the mountain
  • Salt Mining Elephants of Kitum Cave
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain peaks
  • Breathtaking scenery of cliffs
  • Fauna and flora
  • Hot springs
  • Gorges
  • waterfalls
  • Game Viewing around the Mountain


  • Picnicking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Bird watching
  • Horse Riding
  • Camping

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