See the exceptional tree climbing lions of Ishasha

Tree climbing lions Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park

See the exceptional tree climbing lions of Ishasha

How do you cool down in the heat of a warm day? Well, if you happen to visit Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you may very well take inspiration from a group of tree-climbing lions that can often be spotted lounging in the fig trees that thrive here.

Why do these lions climb the fig trees? The theories are varied. Some suggest that the lions are trying to escape biting insects. Others believe that they are attempting to combat the heat of the day by seeking the cool shade offered by the branches of the fig trees.

Whatever the reason, just like their smaller feline cousins, they certainly seem to enjoy surveying their surroundings from a high vantage point and Ishasha is a great place to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Tracking lions

Venture Uganda visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park also have the opportunity to join a two-hour lion tracking experience with local conservationists and lion experts in a different sector, participating in their research activities on the day. This could include monitoring the lions, sometimes going off the track to find them and learning about climate and habitat. Clients can  find out how tracking devices are used.

Alternatively a game drive can be arranged, led by an experienced guide who helps guests to spot the lions as they idle away the hours.

Although the tree-climbing lions are a big attraction, visitors will be rewarded by plenty of other wildlife, including:

• Buffalo

• Various species of antelopes

• Kob (the main prey of the lions)

• Elephants

• Hippos

If you would like to arrange a visit to see the lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park as part of your holiday to Uganda, please complete our enquiry form and tell us about your requirements.