Where to see lions- Uganda
Where to see lions- Lions are named as some of the greatest and most fierce carnivores living within our Savannah parks across the country. Uganda is blessed with very wonderful scenery all across, the vegetation cover is amazing as some places are covered with forests, there are places with savannah vegetation and lots of other vegetation types. These are great homes for lions, the King of the jungle. They are found in different National Parks across the country including;
Kidepo Valley National Park in the north eastern corner
Kidepo Valley national park is one of the parks in Uganda with a steadily growing population of lions thus the reason it is considered the best tourism destination in Uganda for someone interested in finding lions. This park is located in a very remote area along the boarder of Uganda and Sudan, it has that rugged kind of beautiful land scape with rocky parts, there are some parts covered by wetlands and others are savannah plains.
Lions area often seen lying on top of the rocks sun bathing, they tend to lay quite under tree shades in the middle of the savannah grass covered areas and most times they are not easily see. This park is one of the unspoiled national parks and not so long ago in 2015 December CNN listed the 3rd best tourism destination in Africa.
Its distant location is probably one of the reasons why it hasn’t been affected by the poachers and thus reason why it is the best places to search the lions from while in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth national park has the tree climbing lions
This park is very famous for the tree climbing lions only found in the southern part of the park called the Ishasha sector. As you drive through Ishasha region of the park, you will continue to search around those big trees for the climbing lions. They spend a lot of their time of the day resting up in the fig trees and the view is so amazing especially when you find a number of them lying up in one tree. This part of the sector is one of the rarely visited parts of this park despite the existence of these lions. You have to follow the lion tracking trails that were set up and the search is much more fun and easier in the morning hours.
Other parts of the park where you can expect to see a number of lion is the northern part of the park known as Kasenyi Plains. The lions this side are not exactly the tree climbing type therefore you will find these roaming around on the ground and this is usually during the wildlife search activity/ the game drive in the northern area. Game drives are conducted both in the morning and in the evening hours and lions can be seen during any time.
Lions in Murchison Falls Park
Murchison falls is blessed with that beautiful savannah grass land studded with those huge Borassus Palm Trees and these make the park’s landscape look really beautiful perfect for wildlife viewing including the lions. In Murchison, lions are often seen during the game drive on the northern side of the park where most animals found a home. An early morning game drive or very late game drive gives you a better chance of seeing the lions.
Murchison is a little bit extraordinary compared to the other parks where you can find lion because lion watching in this park is combined with the existence of the amazing Murchison Falls which will see if to take a ride along the Victoria Nile. Trip to Murchison falls national park gives you the opportunity to see all the Big-5 animals while on the same trip because you can easily incorporate the visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place where rhinos in the wilderness are found in Uganda.
A few lions have been spotted in Lake Mburo National as well as in Semliki Wildlife Reserve. It is however rare to see lions in Semliki and Lake Mburo so if you found some lions in this park, then you consider yourself happy.
Despite the very many places where lions can be found, it is true that the total number of lions in Uganda is very small and it is because they are under threat in many parts of the country. Human activities like farming and settlement is encroaching on the lions habitats and people do kill lions once they become a threat to them or their domestic animals.