While there's plenty of interesting wildlife and plants here, the real reason most people visit Mt Elgon National Park is to stand atop the summit high above Kenya and Uganda.
Unusually for a Kenyan national park, it is possible to walk unescorted, but due to the odd elephant and buffalo you will need to sign a waiver to do so.
We strongly recommend taking a guide. Mt Elgon Guides & Porters Association is a cooperative of guides and porters based at the KWS headquarters. Their services (per day guide/porter KSh3500/1200) can be booked through KWS.
If you’re trekking, your only option is to camp (US$20). The fee is the same whether you drop tent in the official campsites (Chorlim, Nyati, Saito and Rongai) or on any old flat spot during your trek.