Located in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, the beautiful Ishasha Plains are little visited by tourists, which makes it all the more rewarding for a game-drive or two.
Wildlife of Ishasha
Famous for its tree-climbing lions, which lounge in the low boughs of the fig trees — a habit which researchers believe is due to the need to see above the long grasses in the dry season to spot their prey, and also to avoid biting insects. Other wildlife you can hope to see in this region include buffalo, zebra, elephants, Ugandan kob and hippos in the Ishasha River.
Birdwatchers can keep an eye out for the compact weaver, black coucal and other water-birds like herons and storks near the Lake Edward marshlands, too.
Suggested itinerary featuring Ishasha
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Ishasha, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Ishasha
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 44 kilometers away
- Mgahinga National Park 67 kilometers away
- Lake Bunyonyi 68 kilometers away
- Queen Elizabeth National Park 80 kilometers away
- Lake Mburo 146 kilometers away
- Semliki Wildlife Reserve 216 kilometers away
- Kibale Forest National Park 248 kilometers away
- Entebbe 328 kilometers away
- Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary 344 kilometers away
- Kampala 348 kilometers away
- Murchison Falls National Park 401 kilometers away
- Jinja 419 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Ishasha
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ishasha. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ishasha Wilderness Camp is an excellent base for exploring this southern region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is renowned for its tree-climbing lions. In the evenings, there's nothing better than sitting by the campfire on the river's sandy shore, where you can often see elephants coming down to drink.