Mt. Elgon is 4,000km² and has has the largest volcanic base in the world. Its located on the Uganda-Kenya border and it is also the oldest and largest volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding areas. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.
Mount Elgon National Park is home to over 300 bird species, including the Lammergeyer. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda (Uganda Wildlife Authority) and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation.
A climb on Mt. Elgon’s deserted moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains: the ultimate goal on reaching the top of Mt. Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km² caldera.