Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda are one of the main atrractions found in Uganda’s second-largest national park i.e. Queen Elizabeth National Park. First of all, to many who here the phrase ‘’tree-climbing lions they wonder a lot most especially to those who have never seen or heard this unusual behaviour. Where also seasoned animals’ behaviourist agree that lions are not evolutionarily embracing to scale tree and perch atop branches. In otherwise, this is so rare in the world, meaning there are only two prominent documented destination of tree climbing lions on the earth has it is noted. While a leopard sleeping lazily in the tree tops which is common sight on safari in the brush, this strange behaviours of tree-climbing lion’s sounds has the subject of interest and wonder.

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Where to see this rare behaviour

The tree climbing lions can be found tracked deep in ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. The other famous safari destination of the wide of range of elusive tree-climbing lions can be spotted around Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park in southern Tanzania. Both two countries are East African countries ,although there have been a few sightings on a south African safari of lions in Kruger National park exhibiting a similar interest towards the tree, the best sights of tree climbing lions is done here in Uganda. What do you need to do to see these unique adventitious experience, is book now your budget tour package on Uganda safaris with a trustworthy tour operator and we Achieve global safaris we can arrange it for you at the best? We recommend travellers to always book their tracking permits in advance.

However, Uganda is a blessed country of big five mammals and when it comes to lions which can be explored in several safari destinations in Uganda they can be adventured in Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park and all lions of this national park they are not tree climbers. But the one found in Queen Elizabeth national park are tree climbers apart from Lake Tangagire in neighbouring Tanzania.

What the experts say

Lions are believed to climb trees as a behavioural take on to protect themselves from the constant irritation of insect bites while lazing ground sheds of trees. Some animals behaviourists claim that these lions have an art of climbing trees as a way of hiding the sweltering heat that usually appears on ground level .This way, they can enjoy  a cool breath and blissful nap without worrying about the heat on the ground. Further, this position is a gorgeous vantage point from which to observe the actual movement of prey cross the plain in search of grazing which is a big deal.

More details why lions of this savannah plains of Ishasha climb trees, according to the researchers these are the reason why lions climb tree branches;

Lions climb trees because they seem to escape the heat, on the ground, but when seasons changes, the savannah moves to quite high temperature to over 28 degrees Celsius. This average heat temperature makes the ground extremely hot for the king of the jungle to stay on the ground, they only come down looking for prey or even they can hunt in the tree branches. 

Lions climb trees branches because they worry from insect bites most especially during the rainy season when the ground get infested with the breeding tsetse flies that bite the wild animal’s lions inclusive. In regard, this makes lions runway from the ground and end up climbing the tree branches for protection from the many various insects on the ground.

They also climb up in the tree branches to have clear view on wide scale of savannah plains in order to glimpse their prey like the antelopes while feeding in the pasture of the park.

For various reasons, lions in ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park are “Tree climbing lions”. This is because this sector boosts with the candelabrum trees, sycamore fig trees, acacia trees which bear wide branches that provide quite a comfortable place for resting and affordable shelter for the lions mostly during rainy season.

Accommodation facilities found in the Ishasha sector

Ishasha’s accommodation facilities ranges between from budget to luxury lodge and such lodges include; Ishasha Jungle lodge, Enjojo lodge, Topi lodge Ishasha, Ishasha tree-climbing lions view lodge, this sector is found in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park. To each lodge, you book will rewards you with this tree-climbing lion as you can be viewing them in your open doors or widow thus making your safari to Queen Elizabeth national park worth adventure to pearl of Africa.

Note; Queen Elizabeth national park is Uganda’s 2nd most visited national park found in the south-western region of Uganda, approximately 5 to 6 driving hours from Kampala the main city. This is because has a rich diversity of fauna ranging from humid rain forests to the savannah vegetation which favours a number of wildlife species can be seen roaming on the ishasha sector, Kazinga channel, Kasenyi plains and the crater lake including the chimpanzees at Kyambura George and other small primates.

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda
Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Apart from tree-climbing lions, Queen Elizabeth national park boosts with wide range of mammals that can be seen on game drive adventure and such mammals include elephants, Topi, Uganda  kobs ,buffaloes ,warthogs ,leopards ,forest hog ,serval cats ,civet ,Oribis ,genal and some of the species can be seen at night ,primates like black and white colobus monkey ,blue monkey ,red tailed monkey ,chimpanzees ,over 600 species of birds making Queen Elizabeth the best birding destination and such species include nightjars ,Squacco heron ,Fish eagle ,swamp flycatcher ,saddle billed stork ,Malachite ,long tailed cormorants ,African fish eagle ,Papyrus canary ,African skimmer and many more.  

Explore safari in Uganda and get a chance to view the famous tree-climbing lions in the most visited national park on Uganda safaris ‘’Queen Elizabeth National park ‘’ where you will leave with remarkable and memorable adventure experience in lifetime as you will be able to take as many photos as possible for tree climbing lions just for your feature remembrance.

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Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

Tree Climbing Lions in Uganda

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