Ishasha Sector In Queen Elizabeth
Ishasha sector is found in southern parts of Queen Elizabeth national park on border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and it is the only place where you can see the tree climbing lions in Uganda as well as the other parts of Africa, though there is some claim that they are also found in Kenya and South Africa which is not yet evident like those one in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth where lions are always seen playing on tree branches. There is a river in this sector which known as Ishasha River that gives life to the plains for the wildlife like Elephants.
The Ishasha sector is just 100kilometers to the southwest of Mweya. It has the most interesting game viewing areas than other sectors in Uganda, of which it has two major game circuits that is the southern and northern. The major tourist attractions in Ishasha plains is the tree climbing lions.
The tree climbing lions is a most amazing sight that you should not miss out on your safari to Queen Elizabeth national park. This experience cannot found elsewhere not only in Uganda but also the entire remaining parts Africa apart from sporadically in Kenya at Lake Manyara. Apart from the tree Climbing Lions, during your safari in Ishasha sector, you will also see other wildlife such as elephant, buffalo herds, antelopes as well as the countless bird species. The Acacia Trees and Sycamore Fig Trees are the most common trees that is the tree climbing loins use to climb. Most especially the Sycamore Fig Tree. Ishasha sector is one of the best areas in East Africa to see the Lions sleeping the day away in the Trees. During the day, You can see more than 10 lions you can find more than 10 lions, both males and females plus cubs in the fig tree, just take your time and watching over, enjoy one of the top experience in Uganda as you feel your done with entire Africa adventure.
You can decide to visit the Ishasha plains after gorilla trekking from Bwindi as you’re coming for a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park or when you’re going since it is found in between Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This is unforgettable experience to see the King of the animals lazily resting up on one of the branches of the giant fig trees in this area, one of the top tourist destinations you cannot miss out on your safari in Africa.
The best time to visit Ishasha Sector.
Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park is best throughout the year, but the best time for wildlife viewing is during the dry season that is from January- February and June- July. During the wet months from March- May and September- November you’re not advisable to visit the park because there is high rainfall which might interfere with your safari since all routes become slippery and muddy. Note, tourist in Queen Elizabeth national park you have to come when you’re well prepared by bringing hiking boots, rain jacket and among others since African weather is unpredictable.
Where to stay on your tree climbing lion safari in Ishasha sector.
There are many accommodation facilities and safari lodges in and outside Queen Elizabeth where you can stay and complete your safari within the park. Some of best lodges where you can stay to enjoy your safari without any inconveniences include the Ishasha wilderness camp is good for luxurious tourists which offers clean toilets, warm showers, mosquito nets and among others. There is also Enjojo lodge for a mid-range and offers wonderful and affordable accommodation for a tourist to relax. Or you can rest from Elephant plains lodge, Topi lodge, Ihamba safari lodge and among others.
Apart From Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda has other tourist areas where you can find lions such as Kidepo national park, Lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park but they do not climb trees like those one in Queen Elizabeth. Travelers can extend their travel itineraries to Bwindi and Virunga national national parks to track the endangered mountain gorillas in the wilderness