Experience The Tree-climbing Lions safari in Queen Elizabeth National park
Tree climbing lions are mainly located in the Ishasha sector of southern Queen Elizabeth National Park and they are 50 of them in number. These lions usually climb in trees up to sunset. Tree climbing lions can also be found in South Africa and Tanzania where young lions jump on trees and can be viewed by tourists on their safaris in Africa.
The most interesting opportunity to see these tree-climbing lions in Uganda is to visit the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park, these lions spend the day up in trees and provide a very beautiful sight which you cannot find in any of Africa’s attractions. The other destinations to see the tree-climbing lions in Africa is Lake Manyara National Park in Kenya. These can be enjoyed on a game drive within the park and you will as well encounter many other animal species like the birds, kobs, antelopes, elephants, buffalos, and many more. Lake Manyara National Park is located 2hrs drive from Arusha along the way to the popular Serengeti National park and Ngorongoro conservation area. This means tourists to Serengeti and Ngorongoro can stopover at the Lake Manyara National Park to see the tree-climbing lions.
Back in Uganda, the tree-climbing lions mostly prefer Sycamore Fig and Acacia Trees, especially during rainy seasons. The main question here might be why these lions like climbing in trees. Some people think it’s culturally ingrained and others say lions want to escape the pestering insects, while on such safari, it’s advisable to employ a park ranger/guide who is well experienced with these tree-climbing lions. He can help you to locate these lions and he gives information about other animals, birds, and plants in the park.
Queen Elizabeth also offers many other animal species apart from the tree-climbing lions, some of these include; leopards, elephants, buffalos, chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, bushbucks, warthogs, kobs, antelopes, and many bird species. If you book a gorilla safari in Uganda, you can as well pass via the Ishasha sector and view these tree-climbing lions as well as many other animal species because, Ishasha sector is located 3-5 hours drive from Bwindi Impenetrable National park, the best destination for mountain gorilla trekking in Africa, with half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in the world.
Some of these lions usually climb trees to protect themselves from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breezes of the trees. Others want to escape from the biting tsetse flies that disturb them from the ground, however, the main reason as to why these lions climb trees is unknown. However, these have greatly increased the number of visitors to Uganda which has raised the revenues of the country on addition to the revenues collected from gorilla permits, hence improving the tourism sector.
In case you find yourself in a situation where a lion is chasing you, especially in Queen Elizabeth national park, climbing a tree won’t be a good idea since these lions have the ability to jump from one tree to another and these are seen even sleeping and resting on tree branches in the afternoon as they try to digest their food, especially after lunch.
Book with African Jungle Adventures and enjoy a tree climbing safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We also organize safaris to other Uganda parks such as Kibale National park for chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience, Mgahinga National Park for more gorilla trekking experience, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo Valley National Park for big game viewing adventures, not forgetting Mountain Elgon and Rwenzori trekking adventures.