The tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector

The tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector; Ishasha sector is located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park is a home of over 95 mammal species including buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, elephants, warthogs, topi, giant forest hogs, bushbucks, primates like chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons and over 600 bird species. Apart from Queen Elizabeth national park the famous tree climbing lions are also found in Lake Manyara national park in Tanzania.

Why lions in ishasha sector climb trees

There are various theories why lions in ishasha sector climb trees due to various reasons for example to have clear views of the surrounding for their safety and also clear views of the prey especially during the rainy season when the grass is tall.

Lions in ishasha sector climb trees to avoid or run away from insect bites from the ground such as tsetse flies and mosquitos.

Lions in Ishasha sector climb trees as a behavior from the previous generation and also to get a cool or fresh breeze as the grounds become hot and unbearable especially during the dry season.

The tree climbing lions in ishasha sector will be spotted lazily lying down on acacia/fig tree branches during the game drives in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. You will also be able to view other animals like Uganda kobs buffaloes, elephants, topi, waterbucks among others.

Best time to see the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector

The tree climbing lions in ishasha sector can be viewed anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the park therefore vegetation will be short which gives you an opportunity to view the tree climbing lions clearly.

The tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector
Queen Elizabeth National Park

During the dry season, access roads and game drive tracks in ishasha sector will be dry and passable which makes game drives passable compared to the rainy season when the game drive tracks and access roads are muddy and slippery.

How to get to ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park

Ishasha sector is located in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park and can be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Bushenyi or Kampala, Mubende, fort portal and then to the park headquarters which takes about 6 to 7 hours’ drive.

Ishasha sector can also be accessed from Bwindi impenetrable national park which takes about 2 to 3 hours’ drive and Kibale forest national park which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.

You can as well access Ishasha sector from Kigali Rwanda where you will fly to Kigali international airport and the cross to Ishasha sector via katuna border in Kabale, Ntungamo and then to the park headquarters.

Ishasha sector can also be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aerolink Uganda or Bar Aviation from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Mweya airstrip or Kihihi airstrip and then connect to Ishasha sector by road.

Where to stay in Ishasha sector

There are a number of accommodation facilities in ishasha sector where visitors can stay during the safari including Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Enjojo Lodge, Topi Lodge, Ishasha Wilderness Camp, At The River Ishasha Lodge, Bullbush River Camp, Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp, Mweya Safari Lodge, Buffalo Safari Lodge, Elephant hub Lodge, Park View Safari Lodge, Katara Lodge, Engiri Game Lodge among others.

Other activities to do in Queen Elizabeth national park

There are other safari activities that visitors can engage in during the safari in 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, bird watching where you will be able to view variety of bird species, game drive and lion tracking experience in Kasenyi plains where you will be able to view different animals like leopards, hyenas, elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks among others, cultural encounters where you will be able to interact with the local people in the neighboring communities, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge where you will be able to spend time with the chimpanzees and guided nature walks where you will be able to explore the national park on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and an armed ranger guide.

For unforgettable memories on the safari, tree climbing lions in ishasha sector can be combined with gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park. You can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris for more information or visit our website for combined wildlife and gorilla trekking packages.

 

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