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Technically part of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishasha can almost be considered as a separate national park. It is one of the few places on earth where you can see the famous tree-climbing lions. There has been an ongoing discussion about whether the lions in Ishasha have actually physically adapted to climbing trees or whether it is their surroundings, which facilitate this trait. The savannah of Ishasha is relatively flat, yet has numerous clumps of brush strewn around. At the heart of many of these clumps, a huge fig tree grows, with its enormous trunk and wide, almost horizontal branches providing welcome shade from the scorching afternoon sun. They are easy to climb, provide shelter from the heat and furthermore allow an excellent view of the surrounding veld and any potential prey in it.

Ishasha is located in the southernmost corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park, adjacent to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. A large swathe of rainforest separates Ishasha from the northern sector of the park. This acts as a natural barrier and is the reason why Topi, for example, are only found in the south and not in the north. Bordering Lake Edward, the swampy area of the Edward Flats gives you a good opportunity to see the unique shoebill.

It’s strategic location between the northern game circuits of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park makes this an ideal stopover point when travelling to or from the gorillas.


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