Where is the best place to see lions in Uganda?

If you are looking to see and experience the thrill of watching African lions thriving in their natural habitats in Africa, then look no further than taking a safari in Uganda. This friendly and environmentally conscientious African nation has three different national park areas where you can see these magnificent animals at play in their natural homes.

Typically, the African lion  inhabits grasslands and savannas, but is absent in dense forests. It is usually more diurnal than other  carnivore big cats ,but when persecuted it adapts to being active at night and at twilight.

The lions in Uganda are fascinating. Did you know?

  • Lions are the biggest carnivores on the African continent, weighing from 150 to 250 kilograms when fully grown
  • They are capable of running over 60 meters in only six seconds flat
  • Lions enjoy sleeping 20 hours per day
  • Lions live on savannas (not in the jungle)
  • Contrary to popular mythology, lions are not actually kings of the jungle at all
  • Nevertheless, you can occasionally find a lion living or roaming in the forested nature walks of the Kaniyo Pabidi Forest Reserve in Uganda

Finding Lions in Uganda

Where and how can you actually see the famous wild lions of Uganda though? These Ugandan lions live in three main savannah parks in the country. These include Kidepo Valley National Park (KVNP), the Queen Elizabeth National Park(QENP), and Murchison Falls National Park(MFNP).

What you need to do to be assured of seeing the lions is to book a safaris with Inspire African Safaris  in or more of these parks. The tour guides know exactly where the lions roam, and they will drive you to see these magnificent animals at an up close yet still safe distance. Next, we look in more detail at the three national parks where the lions of Uganda live.

Kidepo Valley

There are an impressive 132 individual lions roaming through Kidepo Valley National Park. What makes this park fairly unique (at least as far as the lions are concerned) is that the lion population is steadily increasing here compared to the other two primary lion destinations of Uganda. It means that this will become a more and more important habitat in which to witness the lions over time.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park

Among the other greatest places to see lions at home while on an African Safari is in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Found in the western quadrant of Uganda, this park was opened in 1952. The landscapes here are simply stunning and are comprised of expansive savannah grasslands, plains, forested woods, gorges, crater lakes, thick forests, and with the Rwenzori Mountains as a stunning backdrop.

The park counts an impressive 95 distinctive mammals as well as more than 600 individual species of birds living here. On the list of mammals who call this park home are lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. Lions are one of the primary focuses of the QENP.

The Queen Elizabeth National Park has a primary focus on lion conservation. It means that lions remain among the greatest of attritions in all of the parklands. In this nature preserve live more than 250 individual lions, mostly found within the southern and northern sectors. The Queen Elizabeth National Park proves to be among the greatest of locales for meeting up close with these lions in all of the continent of Africa.

Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

Besides the typical lions that grace the park, the QENP has gained a great global reputation for counting the biggest population of the tree climbing big cats on the planet. These tree climbing lions live in the Ishasha quadrant of the park. This is found within the bounds of the park’s southern sector. On a typical afternoon safari ride through Ishasha, visitors can see the lions contentedly lazing in the bigger fig trees.

Murchison Falls NP

The lions of Murchison Falls are known as diurnal. It means that they are active at two primary times during the day, in the morning during the sunrise and in the evening during the sunset. Both times are ideal safari drive moments if you want to see the lions roaming the open plains. These lions are primarily found within the savannah grasslands plains. They are the true and unrivaled kings in this habitat, preying on less powerful game such as buffaloes, kobs, and antelopes for starters.

Lion Tracking Research

Lion tracking is considered to be among the most fascinating of experiences which the tourists in Uganda can undertake. Finding and photographing the tree climbing lions of the Ishasha is indeed a breathtaking activity and a safari highlight. Lion tracking is better by far though. The one and only lion habitat in Uganda where tourists can embark on this active adventure is in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

To participate in such a thrilling activity, tourists have to go to the Kasenyi Plains in the northern sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Among the most popular activities of which to partake in Uganda is this lion tracking. It provides visitors with the unique experience of getting up close and personal with the lions that are living in their native habitat.

Lion tracking revolves around closely following the lions to understand personally about their feeding habits, behaviors, and natural habitats. Experienced and expert researchers from the Uganda Carnivore Program will always personally lead the exciting activity. Visitors who wish to partake of the once in a lifetime encounter with the kings of cats will need to pay to participate in the lion tracking experience. The money goes to support a worthy initiative for wildlife conservation in Uganda.

Other Animals That You Can See in the Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Queen Elizabeth National Park is found within the Kasese District in Uganda. The greatest safari park of Uganda is made up of a number of different ecosystems, such as the vast savannahs, shadowy forests, fertile wetlands, and lakes. This is why it is the home today for a host of different wildlife species, birds, and primates along with the magnificent lions.

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A Young Entreprenuer and CEO Inspire African Safaris Formerly Airways Tours & Travel, Member of (AUTO) Association of Uganda Tour Operators and Top Director of Inspire Lodges. A Relative Youth and God Fearing Gentle Man.