Ishasha sector

Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley and covers an area of 1978 square kilometers. Wildlife in the park includes elephants, lions, hippopotamuses, leopards, buffalo, and Uganda kob. All of the birds present are typical of riverine and savannah habitats. The Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth is the best place to look for tree climbing lions, which are frequently spotted on the Northern circuit game viewing track. The lions also prefer the large fig trees on the Southern circuit game viewing track, which provides additional game viewing opportunities. During early morning and late afternoon game drives in your safari vehicle, you can explore the area’s game routes in search of various species as well as numerous bird varieties.

Why Go to Ishasha

There are only two populations of these tree-climbing lions, one in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park and the other in the Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha Sector. Lions have been spotted hanging from the branches of massive fig trees in the Ishasha sector. Males of those exceptional tree climbing lions have black manes. Enjoy epic encounters king of the jungle perched high on one of the branches of massive fig trees, lazily resting as the day passes. Aside from the fascinating lion population in the Ishasha sector, there are also large buffalo herds, many elephants that have settled there. Keep an eye out for the large number of hippos and antelopes.

How to Get There

The sector is approximately 8-9 hours’ drive from Kampala. There are also numerous connections from other destinations that will allow access to the sector. The sector is accessible via a 2-3 hour drive from the Buhoma sector of Bwindi forest. It is about a 6-7 hour drive from Lake Mburo National Park. Furthermore, the Ishasha sector is about a two-hour drive from Queen Elizabeth’s Mweya peninsula. A chartered flight takes you to Kihihi airstrip. Take a 1 hour drive to the Ishasha sector.

Ishasha sector climate

Like in all parts of equatorial Africa, there are two seasons in the sector: dry and wet. From June, July and August and December to Feburary. The area receives little or no rainfall. During these months, the roadways are more accessible, and the wildlife are easier to locate. June July and August are the busiest month for tourists in the area. The Wet months of October, November, March, April and May receive rainfall. This rainy season is the park’s low season. Some accommodations may close during this period, particularly between March and May.

The Best Time to Go

The sector is open to all visitors all year. The best time to visit the sector, however, is during the dry season, when there is less rain to ruin the adventure. The park is very accessible during this season because the roads are dry and passable. It is when the savannah grasses are clear and open, providing travelers with incredible views of the tree climbing lions as well as a clear view to observe their life patterns in the jungle. The rainy season has its advantages as well. During the off season, very few tourists visit Africa for Uganda safaris. As a result, occupancy and crowding at lodging facilities will be reduced. Furthermore, the cost of lodging is lower than during the peak season.

Accommodation in Ishasha

Ishasha jungle lodge:

Ishasha sectorLocated in Kihihi Sub County in the Ishasha sector, Ishasha jungle lodge provides luxurious lodging to visitors to Ishasha and the Queen Elizabeth National Park in general. The distance between Ishasha Jungle Lodge and Katokye Park Gate is only 2 kilometers, making it ideal for tree-climbing game drives. Ishasha Jungle offers four self-contained cottages elevated on a wooden platform with constant running hot water and bathrooms with towels and flushing toilets. There’s plenty of parking and laundry facilities are available. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, the lodges organize activities such as game drives, bird watching safaris, and nature walks.



Ishasha wildness camp:

Ishasha wildness camp is another accommodation facility in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha sector. The lodge received the certificate from Trip Advisor due to its distinguished accommodation facilities. The rooms are numbered and have comfortable beds with mosquito nets on each bed. Each room has fresh towels and an environmentally friendly toilet. It is located next to the Ntungwe River and features restaurants, a fully stocked bar, wake-up calls, a well-designed lounge with ample dining space, solar power lighting, and charging facilities. The camp also has wireless internet access.

Ishasha Ntungwe River Camp:

 This camp also provides lodging for visitors to Queen Elizabeth National Park, particularly those going on game drives in the Ishasha sector. The accommodation includes masterfully crafted beds in safari tents, as well as solar powered rooms and mosquito nets. There are two dining areas, one near the reception center and the other near the banks of the Ntungwe River. In the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you will enjoy tree climbing lion safaris as well as nature walk safaris.

Topi lodge and buffalo lodge are two other options for lodging during your visit to Ishasha. Mweya Safari Lodge, Savannah Resort Hotel, Kazinga Channel Lodge, Engiri Game Lodge, and Park View Safari Lodge are some of the accommodations available in Mweya, Kasenyi and Kichwamba regions of the park.