Bordering the spectacular Virunga mountains in the west and stretching to the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in the north, Queen Elizabeth National Park – located in the southwest extremity of Uganda – is one of Africa’s finest protected areas.
While it constitutes an unspoiled savannah landscape dotted with forests regularly patrolled by resident chimps, it is the famed tree climbing lions that pull the intrepid explorer. It is one of the few places in Africa where when your guide shouts “lion!”, and you look up!
Following the deeply rutted trail to the base of a colossal sycamore tree. You can spot tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. No less than five lions drap over branches happily avoiding the blistering midday heat.
Spent several hours driving around the northeastern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park earlier in the day and encounter a wealth of wildlife, from numerically abundant kob antelopes and bad tempered elephants to sunburnt hippos and the disappearing tail of a leopard in the tall grass.