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10 days Mt. Elgon Crossover
Day 1 : Arrival at Entebbe airport. Transfer to Victoria Hotel ; a hotel with country style building overlooking Lake Victoria - the second largest fresh water lake in the world. If you arrive early, you can have an optional visit to the Zoo and the Botanical gardens of Entebbe . Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 2 : Drive to Jinja , Uganda 's second largest city via Kampala - Uganda 's capital city.Jinja is popularly known as the industrial Center. It is Jinja that harbors the Hydro-Electric Power station that serves the county's population with its electricity requirements. A visit to the source of Victoria Nile and the Bujagali Falls makes your day. After lunch, continue to Mbale - the 3rd largest city in Uganda . Situated along a low ridge at the foot of a volcanic mountain which captures your attention Dinner and overnight will be at the Mt. Elgon Hotel.

Day 3 : After breakfast, drive via Budadiri (1250 m) to Bumasola (1,770m); the starting point of your Mt. Elgon climb. After brief introductions to your crew, the 4 hours walk starts taking you through a volcanic landscape ascending the Mudange cliffs on ladders along a ridge. The numerous waterfalls that characterize Mt. Elgon are water reservoirs for the Nile . The night will be spent in tents at the top of the Mudange Cliffs (2,290) where the Montane Forest begins.

Day 4 : Your walk today takes through the Montane Forest and mixed Bamboo with lunch on the way to Mude caves. Enroute you will see black and white colobus and blue monkeys apart from the various bird species. The Montane Forest gives way to Health and Moorland at 3,000m. Overnight will be at the Mude Caves 3,500m.

Day 5 : Today's trek takes you to point Wagagai - 4,321m; the highest peak on Mt. Elgon . As you approach the peak; you will walk along the rim of one of the world's largest calderas which harbors a number of small lakes left behind from glaciers of the last ice age. Beyond the peak lies the border between Kenya and Uganda . Cross over to Kenya and walk through the Moorland to a fly camp next to Koitaboss where you will spend the night and meet the Kenya game rangers.

Day 6 : After breakfast, you will say goodbye to the Ugandan crew and start your 2 hours descend to the road head. Vehicles will be awaiting at the head to take you round the Mt. Elgon National Park for game viewing with a possibility of viewing elephants, buffalo, and antelopes just to mention a few. Lunch will be at Kitum cave; one of the famous elephant caves where elephants and buffalos visit for a mineral lick. Continue to the Mt. Elgon Lodge; a converted old farm house, for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 : After an early breakfast at 6.00 am, drive to the Saiwa National Park for a hunt of the 'Sitatunga', the unique antelope that spends most of the day under water and may get out to graze at night and early mornings. Continue to Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret for late lunch. Eldoret is one of the biggest industrial towns in Kenya and harbors an international airport. The afternoon will be spent at leisure, you can otherwise take a walk in town and mix with locals. Overnight will be at the Sirikwa Hotel.

Day 8 : After breakfast, continue to the Kerio valley, a scenic part of the Great Rift Valley . The drive takes you down the Elgeyo escarpment to the floor of the Kerio valley and up and down the Tugen Hills to L. Bogoria National Reserve. After lunch, you will have game drives at the reserve. Besides Flamingos, Zebra, Impala, Gazelles and sometimes Leopards can be viewed. Back at the hotel, you can enjoy a swim at the swimming pool filled with natural hot water. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

Day 9 : Continue to Lake Nakuru National Park . L. Nakuru is another of the Rift Valley lakes know for its Flamingo Population. Game drives within the park gives you the unique opportunity of viewing the almost extinct Rhino, and may be lions and leopards.Evening transfer to L. Naivasha Country Club for dinner and overnight. L. Naivasha is another of the Rift Valley Lakes and the third largest lake in Kenya. You can have an optional sundowner boat trip to the lake where Water Bucks and hippos are resident.

Day 10 :
After breakfast, proceed to Hells gate National Park; short walks in the heat of the day between the towering walls of volcanic rocks take you to another world.The geothermal power station that supplies 20% of Kenya's electricity is in itself an attraction at the Hells gate. After lunch, drive to Nairobi for overnight at the Boulevard Hotel; the country hotel in town. From here, you can opt to have a break from the comfort zones in Hotels and engage in a light trek to the Masaai area around the Chyulu Range.

This program can also start from Nairobi and end at Entebbe from where you can connect to your Ruwenzori climb or the Gorilla Trek.

Climbers must bring along their own climbing gear.

Our porters carry 8 kg of personal climbing gear.
 
Mountain Cuisine: The menus for all climbs are specially prepared to provide a balanced diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, plenty of protein and carbohydrates. We have tried to choose food items that are easiest to digest at high altitude. Our cooks undergo extensive training and we have ongoing workshops to review menus. The cooks are particularly vigilant in  their hygiene practices as contracting stomach bugs is common for visitors to the developing world.

Dinners are typically a main course with vegetable and salad. Chicken and fish are served at some of the days during the climb, with pastas and rice dishes being served in the middle of the climb while up high. Lunches are often on the trail and usually consist of cold cuts and  vegetables laid out on a table so you can make your own sandwich. Fresh  hot vegetable soups are served at every meal, and packet soup is  available on request between meals as is coffee and tea. Breakfast is  your choice: granola, toast, fruit, eggs, and sometimes pancakes or French toast. While hiking some people have a favorite snack that they like; it is a good idea to bring this from home.

Fit to trek. The Machame Route is a strenuous, but not technical, climb and no mountain-climbing experience is necessary. But there's no avoiding the steep ascents and high altitudes that make robust physical fitness (and a minimum age of 16 years) a prerequisite for this trip. You'll want to consult your physician before undertaking this unforgettable adventure. Alternative independent itineraries. These include the more remote anddemanding Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Western Breach routes - ask for details.

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