Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon is the third highest mountain in East Africa. Located approximately 470 kilometers from Nairobi and is located around the national reserve in the Mount Elgon National Park.

The mountain was formed as a result of an extinct volcano which rises to the height of 4321 meters. In prehistoric times the peak was higher than today and of Kilimandjaro.

The amazing nature is the main attraction for tourists in this area. Depending on the altitude of the mountain slopes depends on the variety of wooded areas on offer, even in the high parts.

There is the only place in the world where one can observe a flock of over 100 elephants. The elephant cave in the mountain provides what the animals need, including sodium which is crucial for them. For precisely this reason every night the huge herd of elephants go to the underground of Elgon to lick the deferral as it is a natural salt of the earth.

The annual intensive rainfall washes the salt from the rocks, with the result that it is postponed on the surface, and therefore provides a perfect menu for the elephants. In total there are four Elgon caves, the largest being, Kutum which reaches 200 meters into the mountain depths. All four caves are open to visitors.

In the park you can see the incredibly beautiful watercourses with the three high waterfalls which sink to the lower slopes of Mount Elgon. The names of the waterfalls are associated with the basic one that has a height above 100 meters and the view it opens is around the amphitheater and down the valley offering good visibility to the city hospital.

The second waterfall falls from about 75 meters. It consists of several upper cascades, which merge. The most remote of the three waterfalls has a height of 85 meters. Although it takes some time to reach it, your efforts will be rewarded.

The other attractions included there are the ancient cave paintings near Budadiri, the spectacular caves and hot springs in the crater. Local people called Elgon , the Kutum, which means sacred place of ceremonies.



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