Ishasha Sector – Home to Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Ishasha Sector, found in the Southern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park is prominent for amazing Tree-Climbing lions. Lions visibly hanging in big fig trees are an exceptional attraction and a major highlight of tours and safaris done in Queen Elizabeth National park. The Lions climb trees to take relaxation in the branches and also be able to detect their prey notably the Uganda Kob which also graze at the park in bigger numbers.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is not only the most preferred park but also the widely toured to park in Uganda, with Murchison Falls National Park almost tying in same position. The landscape of Ishasha Sector is substantially dissimilar from that found in other fragments of this vast park. The sector, vividly plain with grass and tree is habitat to the globally distinguished tree-climbing lions that are prevalent to this area. The male lions of this sector exceptionally have black curls.
Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha Sector
Many Tourists to Queen Elizabeth National Park generally visit the Mweya section of the park and tend not to go down to the sector and end up missing out on the adventure of spotting the tree-climbing lions. The sector is roughly a two-hour drive to reach from the main area of the park. Beside the lions, there is great diversity of wildlife.
Worldwide, there are only two areas where tree-climbing lions are found and these are; Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania and Ishasha Sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. Amazingly, it is very stunning view the King of the jungle rested up high on the branches of the gigantic fig trees as time passes.
More to the captivating Tree Climbing Lions within Ishasha segment, guests will also spot large herds of buffalo, hundreds of antelopes that are fond of crossing the road. Elephant are vividly present in the large of the sector plus hippopotamuses which are not very common. Ishasha offers you a feeling that you are on an African Safari as you enjoy the breathtaking wilderness.
As you calmly move across Ishasha plains, along the pathways dotted with acacia trees you will in reality begin to understand the reason as to why many people always decide to make Uganda and Queen Elizabeth National Park in particular their vacation holiday destination.
Accessing Ishasha Sector
The sector, one of the holiday memorable destinations in Uganda is accessible as one drives from the northern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park or from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park side. The sector is commonly visited by tourists who coming from Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest and are having Queen Elizabeth National Park as their next destination and vice versa.
Accommodation Facilities around Ishasha Sector
Lodges near and around the Ishasha Sector include Ishasha Wildness Camp, Enjojo Lodge, Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Ishasha River Camp (shasha-Ntungwe River Camp) and At the River Ishasha Camp among others.
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Kazinga Channel is a 32-kilometre long water channel that connects Lake George in the east to Lake Edward in the west. The channel is among the most paramount geographical features in Queen Elizabeth National Park with a magnificent view of the most vital wildlife in the park.
Kyambura Gorge – The Home Chimps
Kyambura Gorge is found in the far eastern side of Queen Elizabeth National Park in south western Uganda is roughly 1 km across and about 100 meters deeper. The gorge also known as the ‘Valley of Apes’ is drained by River Kyambura. Its a habitat to chimpanzees, other primate species and birds as well.
Kasenyi Plains are part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is at these plains that the biggest percentage of game drive Uganda Safaris are carried out from. The plains are found on the western shores of the spectacular Lake George adjoining to the Kazinga Channel onto which the water makes a convergence.
Mweya Peninsula is found within Queen Elizabeth National Park on the northeastern shores of Lake Edward. The peninsula is the corner point where Kazinga Channel joins the lake. This beautiful piece of land surrounded by water either sides is approximately 66 kilometres by road from Kasese town.
Lake George found in western Uganda covers 250 square kilometres. The lake with an estimated depth of 2.4 meters is part of Africa’s Great Lakes system. Though the lake itself is not considered a Great Lake. This water body was named after a British Prince, George who later became King George V.
Lake Edward, the tiniest of the African Great Rift Lakes is positioned on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The lake is just few miles south of the equator. The first European to see the lake was Henry Morton Stanley, a Welsh explorer who visited the lake in 1888 during the Relief Expedition of Emin Pasha.
Maramagambo Forest is found in Bushenyi district and is a part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest is prominently associated with the Bat Cave and the Python. The forest is bounded by two crater lakes, Lake Nyamasingiri and Lake Kyasanduka and is a home to the red-tailed monkeys, chimps and Bates’ pygmy antelope (Neotragus batesi) among others.