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Mount Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon covers a total area of 169km2 and is located on the western border of Kenya with Uganda, in Trans-nzoia District of Rift Valley Province. It is Kenya's second highest mountain. The climate is moist to moderate dry and annual rainfall is over 1,270mm. The mountain is an ancient eroded volcano with a huge caldera and, on its summit, the spectacular flat topped basalt column known as Koitobos. Another unique feature of the mountain is the lava tube caves, some over 60m wide and frequented by elephants (and other animals) digging for salts. The mountain soils are red laterite. Mt Elgon is an important water catchment for the Nzoia River which flows into Lake Victoria and for the Turkwel River which flows into Lake Turkana. Mt Elgon National Park was gazetted in 1968 and covers a narrow transect up the North Eastern slopes of the mountain, from lower montane forest to the caldera edge. The remaining forest and moorland is part of the Mt Elgon Forest Reserve. The Ugandan side of the mountain is protected within Uganda's Mt Elgon National Park. Together with the fauna and flora, the park is endowed with variety and breathtaking scenery of cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, mesas, calderas, hot springs, and the mountain peaks. The park also has three short nature trails to Kiptum cave, Makingeny cave and the Elephant Bluff. The breathtaking natural beauty of the park can be best appreciated from the Endebess Bluff where one gets a panoramic view of the areas' escarpments, gorges, mesas, and rivers. The highest peak of Mt. Elgon on the Kenya side, Koitoboss, measures 13,852 ft (4,155 m), and is easily reached by hikers in about two hours from the road's end.

*Chorlim Campsite
* Salt lick Campsite
*Mt. Elgon Lodge
*Rongai Campsite
*Kapkuro bandas

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