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Ishasha sector

Ishasha sector in Uganda is strategically situated in Queen Elizabeth national park, the second largest national park is found in south western of Uganda, It follows Murchison fall national park in north western of her motherland. These two national parks are ranked as the top and best destinations that receive a lot of visitors that come to enjoy and experience the Uganda wildlife safaris and all its wonderful behavior pattern in the African jungle.

Queen Elizabeth national park has got sectors with the park that offers unique experiences to all travelers that visit that park and Ishasha sector which is located in the south western part of Queen Elizabeth is among those places that offer unique safari experiences and adventurous memories to travelers on Uganda safari.

Why a visit to Ishasha sector?

Very many travelers don’t want to miss out visiting the Ishasha sector when they visit Queen Elizabeth national park due to its uniqueness and credit it contribute in adding up to offer great memories on Uganda wildlife safari to the park.

Ishasha sector is known and the best spot to locate the famous tree climbing lions that are situated in queen Elizabeth national park, therefore the sector is a  home to the gentle and cunning king of the jungle that leaves together in  harmony in the biodiversity environment of the park. These tree climbing lions contribute to the African big five animals that are found in east Africa, a term that is used by many safari operators to sale and organize Uganda wildlife safaris in the best top destinations of Uganda .

 The Ishasha sector of park is highly taken up by the candelabra trees that have big branches, the sector is as well home to the magnificent savannah woodland trees such as the acacia tree species , massive huge fig tree species that have got branches favoring the tree climbing lions to lie and rest on them.

Trekking the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector is an exceptional adventure in Queen Elizabeth national park since the sector is not only a home to tree climbing lions but is also one of the bets spot to find other wildlife animals in the queen Elizabeth national park and some of these act as favorite food to the tree climbing lions since they are easy to hunt. In the sector you find larges of the Uganda kobs, the sitatunga giraffes, antelopes, massive herds of the caped buffaloes, and large numbers of the African elephants among other savannah wildlife animals.

 The large numbers of the Uganda kobs in the Ishasha sector are the number one reasons why you will easily spot the tree climbing lions in the sector since the kobs are the favorite preys to this predator lions and the kobs can easily be hunted compared to other animals, however the lions can hunt any animal regardless of its size and shape.

The candelabra tree species in the Ishasha sector act as rest places from a hunt, protects these climbing lions from hot temperatures of the sun and they act as spying sights of the lions to strategy sight which animal to hunt for food.

Travelers trekking the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector you have an insight to enjoy observing the behavioral patterns and lifestyle of the tree climbing lions that found in on queen Elizabeth national park not elsewhere in Uganda however travelers can as well find these tree climbing lions in Tanzania but they are not easy to hunt and find.

When is the best time to visit Ishasha sector?

The Ishasha sector is open to all travelers throughout the year who would like to enjoy the tree climbing lion trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park. However the most interesting and fantastic time to visit the tree climbing lions is during the dry season when there little rain expected to interrupt your trekking, when the roads used to access the Ishasha sector is dry and not slippery compared to the rainy season. In the dry season the savannah grasses clear and open giving traveler’s clear views of the tree climbing lions as well as clear observing their behavior patterns of life in the jungle.

While in the rainy season it is the opposite of the dry season as you will find roads slippery wet and muddy thus accessing the Ishasha sector may not be easy it might take you some long hours of driving trying to be safe. However the great advantage in the rain season is that it is an off season where very few travelers are coming to Africa for the Uganda safaris thus there is less occupancy and crowds at accommodation facilities. And on this note, accommodation lodges reduce the price of their room rate and also give out discounted rate to group travelers and travelers that book their lodge to explore the Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park. Therefore budget travelers who would like to enjoy trekking the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector can use this season to travel so as they can fulfill once a life time adventure experience.

Book with adventure in the wild safaris, for the discounted offers of the low season on the uganda wildlife safaris and you wont regreat the treat at the end of your safari trip to the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.

The visit to Ishasha can be customized and arranged together with the visit the  other interesting sectors of queen Elizabeth national park that will supplement your safari experience in the park, such as the visit to the kyambura gorge section of that is located in the eastern part of queen Elizabeth national park, the place is famous for the chimpanzee trekking experience, another place is the Mweya peninsular that gives you clear views of the kazinga channel separating lake Edward and lake George, as well as the visit to crater lakes in the park.  These sectors in the park are dominated by the savannah and forest vegetation that make queen Elizabeth unbeatable destination for the Uganda wildlife safaris.

Where to sleep when you visit Ishasha sector?

The place is surrounded by the a lot of accommodation facilities that range from luxury lodges, mid-range and budget facilities that travelers can stay in while on their visit to Ishasha sector such as Mweya safari lodge , Ishasha wilderness camp, Kasenyi safari, the fig tree lodge, ihambi lodge, queen Elizabeth bush lodge, park view lodge among others.

The Ishasha sector can be explored on a morning or evening game drive on a 4×4 safari vehicle, an open for greater memories and amazing adventure experiences that tree climbing lions will offer on your safari.

How to access the Ishasha sector?

From Kampala to the sector is approximately 8-9 hours’ drive to Ishasha sector ibn queen elizabeth national park, however there are a lot of connection point from other tourism destination that will give an opportunity to access the sector.

From Bwindi impenetrable forest national park via kihihi from Buhoma sector of Bwindi forest, it about 2-3 hours’ drive to Ishasha sector, from lake mburo national park in Mbarara it is an approximate of 6-7 hours’ drive, and from Mweya peninsular of queen Elizabeth it is about 2 hours’ drive to Ishasha sector, on road transport using a 4×4 safari vehicle.

On air transport, travelers from kajjansi air strip can access Ishasha sector via kihihi airstrip which is a 2 hours’ drive to queen Elizabeth national park on the road connect to the Ishasha sector.

In conclusion the Ishasha sector is one the major reason there are many travelers that visit Queen Elizabeth national park due to famous and unique tree climbing lions that will offer extraordinary Uganda wildlife safari experiences in the African jungle.

Ishasha Sector

Ishasha Sector

Ishasha sector | Take a closer look at the sycamore-fig trees instead of casting your gaze across the huge savannah grasslands to see if you can spot anything hiding there. The tree-climbing lions’ home is the Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha Sector.

Ishasha Sector In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Introduction to the Ishasha Sector.

Ishasha, one of only two spots in Africa where you can witness tree-climbing lions, is part of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The tsetse flies and the heat of the lower terrain are thought to be the reasons the lions have developed this peculiar behavior.

 Finding dinner is made easier when they are perched on a tree branch since they can see their prey clearly from a great height. There is a wide variety of species to be seen, including the Ugandan Kob, buffalo, elephant, hippo, and zebra, in addition to the tree-climbing lions.

Things to Do In Ishasha Sector

Game Drives.

The major activity in the Ishasha sector is going on game drives to see the lions that climb trees and other wildlife.

Ishasha is a fantastic location for game drives because it is a less popular area of the park, which means there won’t be as many safari vehicles there and you can spend more time with the lions.

A good 4×4 vehicle and a knowledgeable guide are necessary because the roads are less well maintained than the park’s busiest areas (if booking with us, this will be arranged for you).

Cultural Visits.

As part of their uplift program, a cultural visit to the nearby Bakiga Community can be arranged for individuals who are interested in learning about the many cultures in Uganda.

You will be given a tour of their neighborhood while you are there, which will include stopping by their homesteads, learning how to prepare meals using regional ingredients, and helping them harvest some veggies from their garden.

By the time it’s all over, you’ll have discovered a lot about Bakiga culture and perhaps even sipped on some of their regional brews.


Where to Stay In Ishasha Sector

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp offers visitors a genuine safari experience because it is surrounded by untamed nature. After a lengthy game drive, 10 en-suite canvas tents with spacious verandas and comfy furniture are the ideal escape.

Guests have a choice of dining outdoors by the Ntungwe River or inside the main dining room and lounge beneath a grass thatched roof. Meals are freshly made utilizing local ingredients.

The campfire is the ideal setting for telling tales and sipping sundowners in the evening. The tents are lit by solar power, and there are power outlets in the main areas where you may recharge your electronics before the day’s adventures.

Enjojo Lodge.

Enjojo Lodge is a wonderful alternative located near the Ishasha Sector of Queens, which is outside the park.

There are 7 luxurious en-suite cottages available for guests to select from, and for large groups there is a safari house that can fit up to 7 people and has a private campfire.

Enjojo provides DIY campsites, bamboo huts, and safari tents for travelers on a tight budget.

You may take in the views of the little, un manmade lake from the grass-thatched café and bar while dining on organically grown cuisine that was grown on the property.

Elephant, buffalo, and antelope herds frequently pass through the resort, and the rich birdlife makes it a sanctuary for birdwatchers.

Other Things To Know About Ishasha Sector

When to Visit the ishasha sector.

The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park is best visited between late June and early October and between the dry seasons of December and February.

Given that the roads will be clearer, this is regarded as the ideal period for game drives.

As wildlife will be looking for water and more likely to gather around the few surviving watering holes, visiting during the dry season can also boost your chances of sighting wildlife. In order to escape the heat, lions are also more prone to be in trees.

How to get there in the ishasha sector.

From Kampala and Entebbe, the Ishasha Sector is conveniently accessible by air and road. The airstrips in Queen Elizabeth National Park are serviced by daily scheduled flights from Kajjansi Airfield in Kampala or Entebbe International Airport. The Ishasha Sector’s closest airport is Kihihi.

It takes at least 6-7 hours to travel from Queens, New York, to Kampala, which is located 410 kilometers to the north. It’s possible that you’ll stop at some other sights or national parks en route.

Ishasha makes for an excellent halt on the way to or from gorilla trekking because it is only a 2- to 3-hour drive from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

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