Are you looking for off the beaten track safaris? Come explore Ishasha Sector, the best place to view tree climbing lions in Africa. Ishasha sector is located in the southwestern rim of Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda. There are three prides estimated to have about 40 individuals spread among the savannah grasslands and riverine forests that are dotted with acacia and fig trees. It is believed that the lions do climb the trees because of behavioural adaptation to protecting themselves from the constant irritation from the presence of tsetse flies in the region and for better visibility to spot their prey on ground.
Activities in Ishasha Sector
Wildlife Game Drives: Explore both the north and southern loops in the sector for tree climbing lions amongst other game like the Topis, Elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, Hippos among others.
Uganda has got 50% of Africa’s Bird Species and Queen Elizabeth National Park is a birder’s paradise with about 600 bird species due to the wide variety of habitats from savannah to forest to wetland! Lookout for the Narina trogon and black bee-eaters and the elusive shoebill stork.
Community Projects: Deo’s Homestead Tour and Agartha’s Taste of Uganda Tour.
An interaction with the Ishasha local community will be worthwhile. Deo’s Tour takes you around his farm and homestead to get an insight into community life and how he maintains the elephant trench and some organic farming methods and medicinal garden. Agartha’s Taste of Uganda Tour allows you to learn about the preparation of Bakiga meals, learn and participate in transforming millet into food.
Sundowners and Bush Breakfasts:
What better way to have breakfast in the wild than with a chef and table setting? Later in the day, wind down after your game drive along the ridge area or beside the Ntungwe River taking in the amazing scenic views of Ishasha Sunsets and landscape.
Guided nature walks:
Take guided nature walks accompanied by the park rangers along River Ishasha offering up close views of hippos.
How to get to Ishasha Sector?
Ishasha Sector can be easily accessed by road: Its 6 hours’ drive from Kampala, 3 hrs from the northern part -Mweya peninsular and 2 hrs. from Bwindi National Park.
Flight option: Twice daily scheduled light-aircraft flights land at the nearby Kihihi airstrip approximately 45 minutes’ drive to get to the park. Timings at 07:00hrs and 10:15hrs.
Where to sleep?
Ishasha wilderness camp (upmarket option), Ishasha Jungle Lodge (mid-range option), At the River Ishasha Lodge (mid-range option), Enjojo Lodge. (Budget and mid-range option).