Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and is regarded one of the finest protected areas in Africa. Bordered by the spectacular Virunga mountains in the west and stretching to the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in the north, the park boosts with a variety of unique and rare species of wildlife in Uganda, the Ishasha sector has been added on the bucket list and it is growing in popularity by people planning safaris to Uganda because of the famous tree climbing lions.
The famous tree-climbing lions in the remote southern extreme of Queen Elizabeth National Park are found in large fig trees rendering it a a unique sight incomparable. Supposedly these type of lions climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze, also as a way of protecting themselves against the numerous biting tsetse flies on the ground level. The reason behind the lions climbing trees is still being speculated .
Most travelers in Uganda flock the Ishasha sector to encounter the tree-dwelling lions that prey on the Topi, Uganda Kob, and the Cape Buffalo as they graze Ishasha’s beautiful acacia studded savanna.
En route to or from the gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,you will enjoy amazing views of the famous lions lazily lieing up in the tree branches of giant fig trees looking at the Uganda kobs with great confidence of food security.
Though most travelers end up missing out on the mystery of the rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park as they are so focused on gorilla trekking in Bwindi and visiting the Mweya area.