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Kitale - Kenya

Kitale is a mainly agricultural town located only 30km from the Mount Elgon National Park gate. It is an excellent hiking destination, one where you are most likely to have the mountain almost exclusively to yourself. It is often referred to as the basket of Kenya due to its role in the food production of Kenya.

It has a population of around 120 000, and lies high up at an altitude of 1900 meters. Kitale is a quiet town with basic comforts and amenities.

Kitale is the perfect place to start a trip to the Kenyan summit of Mt Elgon, a spot to purchase any last minute supplies or top op on fresh produce. It is also the last place to get money out if needed as there are no facilities in the Mount Elgon National Park.

Mount Elgon is Kenya’s second highest mountain, and also has many interesting caves to explore. The lower slopes are covered in huge trees before bamboo takes over. But near the summit the real gems take over like the giant heather plants, the everlasting flowers, the giant lobelias, and groundsel all typical of the African Alpine moorlands.

Use Tripindigo to get you to the start of your hike to the top of Mount Elgon and book your cheap flight to Kitale today.



Why visit Kitale?

  • Use Kitale as the gateway to go hiking in Mount Elgon National Park
  • Visit the National Museum of Western Kenya
  • Explore the impressive lava tube caves in Mount Elgon National Park
  • Spot the Sitatunga (a semi-aquatic antelope) in Saiwa Swamp National Park

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • The elephants in the Mount Elgon NP regularly visit the lava tube caves to access the salt on the walls. They climb over rock slabs and cover a lot of uneven ground without any light available to them as even during the day sections of the cave are completely in darkness.
  • The highest peak of Mount Elgon is located in Uganda, most people in Kenya hike to Koitoboss Peak with an altitude of 4,222m / 13,852 feet. The highest peak in Uganda is Wagagai at 4,321m / 14,177 feet.
  • The Saiwa Swamp is Kenya’s smallest national park at only 3km2.
  • Kitale is also an interesting starting point for some excellent hiking in the lesser known Cherangani Hills, for example, a 5-day trek from Kabichbich to Chesengoch or shorter hikes in the northern section of the Cherangani Hills.

Flights from Kitale (KTL)

Flights To Kitale (KTL)

Reasons to Visit

  1. Best Hiking destination
  2. Abundant fresh food produce
  3. 2 National parks in the region
  4. Lava tube cave
  5. National Museum
  6. Saiwa Swamp National Park

City Tips

  • There are scheduled flights mainly from Nairobi to Kitale, making it an easily accessible town to access Mt Elgon. 
  • The local currency is often called ‘bob’. “This souvenir costs 2000 bob.”
  • Do not exchange with street sellers; banks usually offer the best rates of exchange
  • Hire a driver when hiring a car. Drivers are not expensive.
  • Internet Cafes are numerous. Do not conduct data sensitive work and ensure to log out.