Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Not only Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga National Park, Ugandan visitors are also rewarded the view of the tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park.

It is rare to find lions climbing trees – but lucky visitors encounter them on the way to the home of mountain Gorillas (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest)- find them swinging on cassia trees – but is is not guaranteed to meet them since they are in their natural environment and they move from place to place looking for food, water and favorable climate. Some times they cross Uganda boarder to Democratic Republic of Congo- therefore, searching for them need the guidance of the experienced ranger guide.

It is supposed that this type of lions climb trees as a way of protecting themselves against the numerous biting tsetse flies on the ground level, whereas other people claim the they actually climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze; nonetheless the reason why they climb up into the tree branches remains unknown.

Visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park end up also visiting Ishasha to search for the amazing tree climbing lions, no worry with accommodation there, you can have meals and overnight at Ishasha Jungle Lodge, Ishasha- Tungwe Lodge among others. The longer you stay in Ishasha sector, the more chances of encountering tree climbing lions along side Baboons, monkeys, water bucks, Elephants, Butter flies, birds, Kobs, antelopes among others.

Not only tree climbing lions, visitors will also see lions which are incapable of climbing trees, Elephants, Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles and so on. Ishasha sector is situated between Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks. Accommodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park includes Mweya Safari Lodge, Enganzi Lodge, Bush Lodge, Twin Lake Lodge and so on.