Tree Climbing lions - Affordable Uganda Safaris Limited

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The tree climbing lions of Ishasha south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda Rarely will lions climb trees because of their weight and laziness. But as the world changes so are the lions changing and indeed lions do climb trees as part of their daily survival. In East Africa Ishasha south of Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda is one of the places where you will get to see the tree climbing lions. While still in East African, Tanzania’s lake Manyara national park found in the south is where you will see the tree climbing lions.

It is unclear why these lions climb such huge trees when they decide to climb. Many have come up with observation theories such as tree climbing lions are escaping the relentless biting flies on the ground during the rainy season but these lions will climb trees during the dry season as well. Others have indicated that tree climbing lions escape the long grass, yet others have said that they climb because they using the trees to spot game on the floor yet sometimes they are up the trees at night. Whereas other people claim they actually climb into the branches to escape from the heat on the ground and enjoy the cool breeze; regardless the reason for climbing the tree branches this remains unknown.

tree climbing lions

Any travelers visiting on a Uganda Safari tour featuring gorillas tracking and Queen Elizabeth national park will most certain get a chance to see the tree climbing lions. Ishasha south of Queen Elizabeth is a popular destination today for observing tree climbing lions take dictated a healthy population. These lions in most cases will be seen while resting up these huge fig tree branches staring down without missing anything under their watchful eye. Similarly the lions in lake Manyara are no different in behavior of climbing trees.

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Getting there

Private vehicles as well as camping equipment will certainly enjoy the wilderness of Ishasha home of tree climbing lions. Chances are that you will be just by yourself leaving alone with the park’s staff. The route from Katunguru may be unreliable. However the direct road to the border post of the Ishasha is normally full of mud through the rain season. It is better described as a seasonal route and requires a 4×4 wheel drive vehicle. The road is repeatedly being maintained however it takes just some little rain to actually destroy its surface such that a truck getting stuck delay your tracks or even necessitate a detour via Kihihi, Isaka and Rukingiri. This actually is a more dependable route. If coming from Mweya you are recommended to request for a radio message from the park’s office found in Mweya to the Ishasa Katookye gate asking for information if trucks are moving from the course of Katunguru. This will help you know if the road is accessible.