Standing at 4,321m and believed to have, in prehistoric times, stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today, it is an important watershed with its slopes supporting a rich variety of altitudinal vegetation from montane forest to high open moorland studded with other-worldly giant lobelia and groundsels.

Often-neglected yet a relatively undemanding climb, Mt. Elgon’s spectacular scenery remains the principal attraction for hikers but there is also a variety of forest monkeys and small antelopes in addition to elephant and buffalo and over 300 birds species. Other attractions include ancient cave paintings close to the trailhead at Budadiri and spectacular caves and hot springs within the crater