Mount Elgon National Park
Mt Elgon is an extinct shield volcano.
Flora and fauna
Matatus or Taxis (small collective buses) are leaving from Kampala through Jinja to Mbale for 15.000 UGS (2018). The trip takes about 5 hours, usually more.
Three iconic waterfalls at the edge of the National Park. Worth seeing even in dry season.
You can stay in Sipi, a small village, enjoy hiking the waterfalls, buy local coffee and see how to make it, enjoy local beer of millet and corn and start hikes to the National Park. To get there go from the clock tower in Mbale in a Matatu for no more then 5.000 UGS to the crossroads to Sipi and then in a shared car for no more then 3.000 to Sipi or your hotel.
Waterfall hikes and coffee tours are about 25.000 UGS. Stay in Crow's Nest for 35.000 in a drom or 50.000 in a double private. They also offer tours, ask for Patrick.
If you are not sure of where to stay during your time enjoying the Sipi Falls and surrounding scenery, then you might want to know that there are many accommodation options. Some of them include Elgon Hotel which charges about $100 a night, Sipi Falls Resort charging about $60 and Sipi River Lodge with rooms starting from $40. The best way to secure accommodation if you are coming from abroad is to check the website of the hotel or use a Tour Operator Like Mission Africa Safaris. A Tour Operator will help you organize accommodation and transport including airport pickup leaving you with the task of only showing up.
Fredson's homestay: stay in a traditional hut with a family and experience village life. The sons of the family speak English very well and show you around. The dad of the family is a cook and makes delicious meals. Superb views. Tel: +256 782 452890. Web: https://fredsons-homestay.jimdosite.com
Areas around Mt. Elgon are suspected to be natural reservoirs for the lethal Ebola and Marburg viruses. Tourists should not disturb wildlife and should not enter caves. If you begin to experience flu-like symptoms, proceed to a hospital immediately.