Mount Elgon National Park is a protected area located on the border between Uganda and Kenya. It was established in 1992 and covers an area of approximately 1,279 square kilometers. The park is named after Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano that is the fourth-highest peak in Eastern Africa, with an elevation of 4,321 meters above sea level.
The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, and over 300 species of birds. It also contains several unique ecosystems, including montane forest, bamboo forest, and moorland.
Mount Elgon National Park is known for its excellent hiking and trekking opportunities. There are several trails that lead to the summit of Mount Elgon, including the Sasa Trail, the Piswa Trail, and the Sipi Trail. The Sipi trail is particularly popular, as it passes through several picturesque waterfalls and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
In addition to hiking and trekking, the park also offers other activities such as bird watching, camping, and rock climbing. The nearby town of Mbale is also a popular destination for tourists, as it offers a wide variety of cultural and historical attractions, including traditional dance performances, coffee plantations, and ancient rock paintings.