Mount Elgon National Park, straddling the border between Kenya and Uganda, is centered around Mount Elgon, an ancient extinct volcano. Covering an area of 1,279 square kilometers, the park boasts the second-highest mountain in Kenya, with Wagagai Peak reaching 4,321 meters. The park is known for its diverse ecosystems ranging from montane forests and bamboo belts to high moorlands, each hosting unique flora and fauna. The park’s dense forests are home to elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and a variety of primates. The mountain is also famous for its massive caves, including Kitum Cave, which elephants visit to mine salt by carving into the cave walls with their tusks.

Visitors to Mount Elgon National Park can enjoy a range of activities, including hiking, bird watching, and exploring the caves. The park’s trails offer various levels of difficulty, catering to both casual walkers and serious trekkers aiming for the summit. The landscape is dotted with stunning waterfalls such as the Chepkit Waterfalls, providing picturesque spots for picnics and photography. The park’s relative remoteness ensures a tranquil experience, allowing visitors to connect deeply with nature away from the crowds typically found in more accessible parks.