Ishasha sector is situated in queen Elizabeth national park, and its one of the top visited destinations in queen Elizabeth national park, queen Elizabeth national park, is the second largest national park in Uganda after Murchison falls national park, the park is situated in western Uganda and its one the most visited area because of its unique attractions such as the Ishasha sector is famous for the tree climbing lions as well as Savannah grassland with acacia and fig tree species, the riverine forest, with magnificent landscape that will offer you clear views of the wildlife roaming around the Savannah grasslands, which makes Ishasha one of the unique destinations compared to other regions in Uganda. The Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, is famous due to the following attractions.
The tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector
Queen Elizabeth’s tree-climbing lions are one of the main sights and are the star of all the safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lions are often seen sitting on the acacia and the fig trees, looking down on the antelopes feeding on the savannah grasslands. The presence of these animals such as the kobs, have attracted the lions and the leopards in to the area as away of looking for food.
The other main reason as to why the lions of the Ishasha sector in queen Elizabeth national park, climb and stay up on the trees is that, during the dry season, the ground gets hotter which is reason enough why the lions climb on trees trying to escape the heat on the ground. They also climb trees as away of relaxation after the days hunt. They also hang on trees as they look down on the antelopes roaming around the forest, the big trees have since been used as a spying area for lions waiting to catch the animals for food.
Besides the tree climbing lions, the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, also harbours other animal species like the forest elephants, buffalos, Topi, Uganda Kob, Warthogs, Waterbucks, Hippos mainly sighted during the game drives along the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.
Birds. Ishasha sector, offers one of the best bird watching destination in queen Elizabeth national park, the park harbours different bird species that can be spotted along Lake Edward among other, tourist on bird watching activities, will be able to sight bird species such as; African Darter, Giant Kingfisher, Osprey, Long-toed Plover, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Veracious Dove, Black-headed Lapwing, Abyssinian Ground, Hornbill, Rock Pratincole, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Black-billed Barbet, Long-tailed Nightjar bird, wood pecker, Vulture, African green pigeon, white headed barbet, Grey-backed, fiscal among others. Visit the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth, and you will absolutely love the birding safaris in Uganda.
When to visit Ishasha sector
The park is open to travellers through out the year, and the activities in the park do not stop ,its done at any time of the year, although the best time for bird watching is during the dry season from the month of June, July, September, August , December and February ,these month are recorded to be having low or rainfall received at all. These allows clear viewing of the birds in the open Savannah vegetation, during the dry season, the vegetation is short, enabling you to view the birds. Also, it’s the best time for game drives around the park where you will be spot several animals roaming in the park. During the dry season, the trails are dry and less muddy making the park easily passable.
Accommodation in Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park
The park offers comfortable accommodation, ranging from luxury, midrange, and budget accommodation for the clients, the lodges include; Marafiki safari lodge, Enganzi Game lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Engazi lodge, queen Elizabeth bush lodge among others. The lodges offer quality accommodation and specious rooms for the guests who come to the lodge, they offer quality services ranging from bar and restaurants serving both local and international dishes, fire place , internet services, craft shops in case you will need to purchase some craft items among others.to give you the best of your stay during your safari visit at the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.
How to get to Ishasha sector
The Ishasha sector can be reached by either the means of road transport or air transport, if you decide to use road transport, the drive time will take approximately 8-9 hours on a good road, from Kampala the capital city of Uganda, via Mubende, fort portal to queen Elizabeth national park then you will connect to Ishasha sector .from lake Mburo national park, the drive time takes about 6 hours, form Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to Ishasha sector, the drive time takes about 2 hours, you can also reach Ishasha sector, through Mweya peninsula in queen Elizabeth national park and drive time takes about 2 hours to reach the Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.
By air, there are domesticated chartered flights offering flights to queen Elizabeth national park, you can book a scheduled flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Mweya airstrip in queen Elizabeth national airport then you will transfer to the Ishasha sector.
Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park, is the best place to be that you don’t want to miss during your safari visit in Uganda. During your visit in Ishasha sector, you can as well combine your safari with other exciting activities offered at Queen Elizabeth national park, such as lion trekking at Kasenyi plains, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, game drives, nature walks, community visits, and mongoose trekking at Mweya peninsular among others. These all will make your safari more interesting and fuller of fun which will give an exciting experience and unforgettable safari visit in Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.