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Mt. Elgon forests

Mt. Elgon forests are located north of Lake Victoria on the border between Kenya and Uganda.

The forest belt is protected as National Park and Forest Reserve; the latter covers 73,706 ha.

Mt. Elgon forms the upper catchment area for two major rivers: Nzoia and Turkwel rivers. It also provides water to the Malakisi River that crosses the small scale farming area south of the mountain before entering Uganda.

The forest has species that are globally threatened including Kenyan endemics, making the area a priority for species, conservation and an attraction for tourists. The counties surrounding this are Bungoma, Trans nzoia county and Busia.

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