MOUNT ELGON NATIONAL PARK at 4000 SQ. KM has the largest volcanic base in the world and is the massive solitary volcanic Mountain on the border of eastern Uganda and western Kenya. Its vast form, 80 km in diameter, rises 3000 M above the surrounding plains. Its Mountainous regional landscape and cool heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below and its higher altitudes provide refuge for flora and fauna.
The park is a home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer. Small antelopes, forests monkeys, Elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by National parks in UGANDA and Kenya, creating an extensive trans boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve
Rock climbing takes place outside the park at Sipi. There are 14 climbs requiring various levels of rock scaling techniques, and all equipment can be hired from the Sipi Falls Tourist Guides Association. The toughest is a 35m climb while the easiest is 15m. Both command a picturesque view of the main falls and the Karamoja plains.