ISHASHA SECTOR: The Home of the Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park


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The Ishasha sector is found in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese District.

Ishasha Sector is home to the famous tree-climbing lions, this wildlife haven offers a unique safari experience. From lush landscapes to majestic wildlife, it is a must-visit for every nature enthusiast

A visit to the Ishasha Sector in Uganda will not only reward you with the scenic views of the picturesque landscape but also with a chance to stumble upon the population of exceptional tree-climbing lions.

Explore the plains of Ishasha sector filled with fig trees creating an eye-catching landscape. The adventure in Ishasha promises to be unforgettable with nature’s wonders at every turn.

In Ishasha, the lions can be seen atop huge fig tree branches as they are keenly spying on a herd of peacefully grazing antelopes, gazelles, and impalas. These herbivores form the main prey of these tree-loving lions.

If you’re lucky enough, you may catch the rare spectacle of a lion gingerly and carefully moving around a tree branch before pouncing on the ground.

Lions are believed to climb trees as a behavioral adaptation to protecting themselves from the constant irritation of insect bites while lazing on the ground under trees. Some animal behaviorists claim that these lions have perfected the art of climbing trees as a way of escaping the sweltering heat on ground level.

Whether these lions choose to climb the trees to get a panoramic view of the surrounding escarpments or do so to avoid the irritation from ground level bugs such as the tsetse flies, one thing remains clear, the art of effectively climbing trees, especially for older lions calls for a measure of effort, constant practice and excellent arboreal mastery.

In the whole world, there are two places  where you can find the tree climbing lions and that is in East Africa. Tree climbing lions can be found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park of Uganda and in Lake Manyara National Park of Tanzania.

Tree-climbing lions can be spotted at any time of the year at Ishasha. But the dry months are the best for you to catch a glimpse at these big cats in Ishasha sector.

Feel the weekend ambiance while you observe the rare phenomenon of tree-climbing lions while on a Uganda safari in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where these magnificent big cats find tranquility.

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