In Africa, the Pearl of Africa is the best safari destination for Big five, Gorilla tracking and Gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee habituation, Birding and boat safaris.
In this article we are going to talk about tree climbing lions at the Ishasha sector – Queen Elizabeth National Park in Western Uganda. The park is famous for its tree climbing lions which spend most of the day spread out along the branches of Acacia trees. Ishasha sector is located at the base of the mighty Eastern Great Rift Valley Escarpment.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is noted for its incredible beauty, as visitor pass through the lush forests, semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah and swamps, home to troops of baboons, vervet monkey, the Uganda Kob, Antelope species, hippos, elephant, buffalo and habituated chimpanzees at Kyambura Gorge. Further along the forest opens up into the woodlands and grasslands covering the area of Ishasha, and a sanctuary of over 600 bird species have been recorded namely Shoebill storks, African skimmer, White-winged warbler, African broadbill, Greater Flamingo, Pink backed pelicans among others.
The park is noted for its huge herds of buffalos, warthog, hippos, elephants, giraffes, reedbuck antelopes and a great variety of small animals. Tracking famous tree climbing lions is a remarkable encounter; tree climbing lions prefer acacia trees and fig tree, there are only two places in the world where you can track tree climbing lions – Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation facilities at the Ishasha sector suitable for all kinds of visitors from luxury, moderate and budget visitors.
Luxury – Ishasha Wilderness Camp
Moderate – Enjojo Lodge
The River Ishasha Lodge
The Ishasha sector is located south west of Kampala; Queen Elizabeth National Park-Ishasha sector is approximately 412 km about 8 hours drive via Mbarara.