TREE CLIMBING LIONS IN ISHASHA SECTOR OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.

August 29, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Tree climbing lions are found in the Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. This is the only place in Uganda where you are able to find lions that climb trees. This place has the known candelabra tree species known to have big branches strong enough to allow the lions to hang on them.  

The tree climbing lions are a very big attraction that sometimes it’s the highlight of the safaris done in Queen Elizabeth national park. One of the  reasons as to why these animals are in the Ishasha sector is the presence of leopards and Uganda Kobs.

During the dry season, the lions find it fit to climb the trees wanting to protect themselves from the heat that comes from the sun. And also the candelabra trees have big tree branches that act as spying grounds for these lions when spying on prey like Uganda Kobs. 

Lions are part of the big five safari animals made up of elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards. 

They also take safety in these trees in case they are being surrounded by a herd of buffaloes. It is so amazing to know that lions can also climb trees since it is a rare character but some people believe that it was adopted by the previous lions but the true reason why these lions climb trees is still undiscovered and this attracts more and more visitors every year in this place.

There are only two places in Africa where one is able to see these climbing lions, one is the Queen Elizabeth national park and another place is in Tanzania but it’s not a guarantee that one is able to see these lions in Tanzania because they are rare and few in numbers making Uganda a good spot to encounter these tree climbing lions since they are estimated to be around 50 lions in this sector.

Few visitors are spotted in the ishasha sector because most of the tourists are less informed about the uniqueness of this place, but one is able to squeeze some ample time off their itinerary and come and see these amazing tree climbing lions that will leave a lot of unanswered questions in their minds. 

You can as well arrange an amazing game drive to see other animals apart from the lions. These animals include African elephants whose ears are shaped like the map of Africa, elephants, leopards, Uganda kobs, warthogs, baboons, antelopes and different bird species as well like the herons, compact weaver, storks and the black coucal among others. 

The ishasha sector has rare tree species and plants that is to say a unique vegetation cover, you can as well come in to encounter with the different types of savannah vegetation cover that is in this area. Visiting the ishasha sector makes you one of the few people who have witnessed the tree climbing lions and it expands your knowledge about the true African wilderness. 

BEST TIME TO SEE THE TREE CLIMBING LIONS IN ISHASHA SECTOR. 

June, July and April are considered to be the best time to visit the sector. These are dry seasons where the grass is always short, good for a safari and even the lions are easy to locate. 

For the bird lovers, they can find it suitable to visit the sector during the rainy seasons of November, October and May. However, the ishasha sector is always open and accessible to visitors throughout the year. 

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