Mt Elgon Sasa Trail Hike


7 Days

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1x - Lodge
1x - Hotel
3x - Camp
1x - Guest House


This is a short and rewarding Hiking Trek up Elgon in Uganda that follows the Sasa River trail starting and ending in Kampala Uganda. The Sasa River trail is located on the western flank of Mount Elgon. It is the shortest but steepest for climbing Mt Elgon from Uganda. Other routes include the Sipi trail on the northwestern side and the Piswa trail on the northern side.


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Tour Plan

Day 1 Transfer to Jinja

We are picked by our driver and drive from Kampala city to Jinja, a town at the shores of Lake Victoria. On the way we pass by the Sezzebiwa Falls and take a walk in the Mabira forest where we canhave also an optional lunch. In the afternoon we arrive in Jinja for dinner and overnight at the 2 Friends Guest House.

Accommodation: Friends Guest House

Meal Plan: D B

Day 2 River Nile source visit, Itanda Falls

Today we visit the source of the Nile and Itanda  & Bujagali falls. The town’s scenic spot attracts visitors for kayaking, water rafting, quad biking and as well as bungee jumping or simply to marvel at the extraordinary scenery. We arrive for a late lunch at another scenic spot on Mt. Elgon - the Sipi Falls. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Sipi Falls River Lodge.

Accommodation: Sipi Falls River Lodge

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 3 Transfer to Bumosola and hike to Sasa River Camp (1711 – 2900 Meters)

After breakfast we are transferred to the trailhead at Bumosola (1770m). From here it’s a strenuous few hours up to the ‘ladders’, a set of metal staircases that bring us up and into the national park and the rainforest. These first few hours are some of the toughest of the whole trip with a steep incline, rough terrain, and often hot mid-morning temperatures. After a rest and snack at the top of the ladders and a refill of our water bottles, we hike on wide dirt trails through the forest on to Sasa River Camp.

Accommodation: Flycamp at Sasa River

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 4 Sasa Camp to Mude Caves Campsite ( 3500 Meters)

After breakfast at the camping site we proceed from rainforest to bamboo forest and eventually break through the forest entirely into alpine heather, shrub, and giant lobelia to Mude Caves Campsite.

Accommodation: Mude Cave Fly Camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 5 Ascend Wagagai ( 4321 Meters) Descend to Mudes Caves

Summit Day! Today we ascend to the Mt. Elgon summit–the 4321m Wagaga,i the highest point on the rim of the giant caldera. After a 3 to 4 hour climb we are at the summit and make a break for lunch as well as absorbing the magnificent views over of the world largest still intact calderas. We descend through the Jackson summit and pool to Mude caves for a well-deserved dinner and overnight stay at a fly camp.

Accommodation: Mude Caves fly camp

Meal Plan: B L D

Day 6 Descend to Bumasola and to Mbale

After an early breakfast we take a long, steep and very slippery way downhill passing the ‘wall of death’, at a distance with the view of the beautiful terraced hills surrounding the mountain. Walking through villages and local farms to the park visitor’s reception centre and then commence a drive to Mbale town for an overnight and stay at Mount Elgon Hotel & Spa.

Accommodation: Mt Elgon Hotel Spa

Meal Plan: D B

Day 7 Return to Kampala

After breakfast we drive to Kampala via the Tororo and Jinja to Kampala marking the end of our adventure.


  • Meal plan as specified –BB (bed and Breakfast), HB (Half board; breakfast and dinner), FB (Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the hotels
  • Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
  • English speaking driver guides
  • Tents, guides and porters during the hikes
  • Itanda Falls entry


  • International arrival and departure
  • Drinks in hotels and lodges/ telephone/ laundry/visa fees/ tips


From 4 Pax $1,790.00 p.p.s

*Residents and Citizens discount available

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