Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park; Ishasha sector is one of the areas located in southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park in Uganda after Murchison falls national park. Ishasha sector is one of the most interesting areas in Queen Elizabeth national park as it harbors different attractions including the famous tree climbing lions, other animals like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, topi, hippos and variety of bird species. Ishasha sector offers interesting activities that visitors can engage in during the safari in Ishasha sector including
Things, activities to do in Ishasha sector
Game drive is one of the top safari activities in Ishasha sector where you will be able to explore the open savannah plains in a comfortable 4 WD safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Game drives in Ishasha sector can either be done early in the morning or in the afternoon following differed trails. During the game drive, you will be able to the tree climbing lions which will be lazily lying up in acacia/ fig tree branches, you will also be able to view other animals like buffaloes, Uganda kobs, warthogs, elephants, waterbucks, topi, hippos among others.
Ishasha sector is one of the best bird watching destinations in Uganda in that it harbors variety of bird species including savannah birds, endemic birds, water birds and migratory birds. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species like Senegal plover, Africa wattled plover, broad-billed roller, African crake, white-headed barbet, black coucal, martial eagle, grey-backed fiscal, long-crested eagle, African white-backed vulture, African green pigeon, ross’s turaco, double-toothed barbet, brown snake eagle, hooded vulture, helmeted guinea fowl, grey woodpecker, greater honeyguide, striped kingfisher, African crowned eagle, green crombec, Bateleur, Ruppells griffon vulture among others.
Nature walk is an exciting activity in Ishasha sector where you will be able to explore the savannah plains on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and an armed park ranger to protect you from any danger. During the guided nature walk, you will follow different trails for example trails along the Ishasha River where you will get up-close and personal with different wildlife species including elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, hippos, view variety of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, take beautiful pictures among others.
Community tour is an amazing activity in Ishasha sector where you will be able to interact with the local people who live in the neighboring communities. During the community tour, you will be able to learn about the local people’s culture, tradition, visit their homesteads, learn about their way of living, taste their local dishes, enjoy their traditional entertainments among others.
Best time to visit Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park
Ishasha sector can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in Ishasha sector therefore access roads will be passable and vegetation will be short which allows you to view different animals clearly.
Where to stay in Ishasha sector queen Elizabeth national park
Ishasha sector has a number of accommodation facilities ranging from budget, midrange and luxury where you can stay during your Uganda safari including Ishasha jungle lodge, At the River Ishasha Lodge, Enjojo lodge, Bull Bush River Camp, Topi Lodge, Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Savannah Resort Hotel among others.
How to get to Ishasha sector
Ishasha sector is located in the southern part of the park and can be accessed by both road and air transport means.
When using road transport means, you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara and then to Ishasha sector which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive.
You can also contact Ishasha sector from Mweya peninsula which takes about 1 to 2 hours and Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive.
Ishasha sector can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book scheduled or charter flights with Aero link Uganda or bar aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi or Mweya airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Other activities in Queen Elizabeth national park
There are other activities that you can engage in during your safari in Ishasha sector queen Elizabeth national park including boat cruise on Kazinga channel where you will be able to view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains, nature walks in Maramagambo forest, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, night game drive where you will be able to view nocturnal animals, community experience, visit the crater lakes like Lake Katwe, Lake Munyanyange among others.
Ishasha sector is an interesting destination to visit during your Uganda Safari and it can be combined with the adventurous gorilla trekking experience where you will be able to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. For more information about Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.