Mount Elgon National Park is a renowned tourist destination in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda. The host to the second highest mountain in the country and is known for its top-tier mountain hiking activity on the slopes of the captivating Mount Elgon. The mountain is bisected by the border between Uganda and Kenya, making it such an iconic landform in the region.
The beautiful scenery of the park attracts masses of travelers every year to come and have the best adventures of their lifetime. Mount Elgon National Park extends up to Kenya with the Ugandan part of the park covering approximately 1,100 square kilometers and the Kenyan part covering 169 square kilometers. The park is located in the eastern provinces of Uganda in Mbale district.
About the Park
Mount Elgon National Park was gazetted in 1994 to protect the unique flourishing vegetation and wildlife in the area. There were several concerns about protecting the various small primates that inhabit the area which made the establishment of the park crucial.
The area where this park lies was predominantly governed by the indigenous societies that inhabited the slopes and the vicinity of Mount Elgon. This area was first gazetted as a forest reserve in 1929 by the forestry department under British governance. There was a series of insecurity in the area in the early 1990s until the joint forces wiped out the rebel militias from the forests. The forest reserve was then upgraded into a National Park for better tourism opportunities.