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Lions in Uganda Pearl of Africa

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 to see these magnificent animals at play in their natural homes.

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

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 Kaniyo Pabidi Forest Reserve’s forested nature walks in Uganda.

Finding Lions in Uganda

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

Your tour manager should include any of these national parks on your all-inclusive Uganda safari itinerary to be assured of seeing the lions. 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

Lions in Kidepo Valley
Lions in Kidepo Valley NP

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

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The Queen Elizabeth National Park

The most incredible place to see the lions in Uganda is Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western quadrant of Uganda. The landscapes here are simply stunning and comprise expansive savannah grasslands, plains, forested woods, gorges, crater lakes, thick forests, and the Rwenzori Mountains as a stunning backdrop.

The park counts an impressive 95 distinctive mammals and 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.

If there are any savannah plains in Uganda that give excellent hope for viewing a lion’s pride in action, it is the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions

Bets Place To See Lions in Uganda
Tree Lion in Ishasha Sector QENP

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

Murchison Falls NP

Murchison Falls Lions

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. Both times are ideal safari drive moments if you want to see the lions roaming the open plains. These lions are primarily within the savannah grasslands plains. They are the true and unrivaled kings in this habitat, preying on the less powerful game such as buffaloes, kobs, and antelopes, for starters.

Lion Tracking Research

Travelers rate the lion tracking among fascinating experiences in Uganda on safari. 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 are Queen Elizabeth National Park.

To participate in such a thrilling activity, tourists have to go to the Kasenyi Plains in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s northern sector. 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 living in their native habitat.

Lion tracking revolves around closely following the lions to personally understand 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 in 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.

Lion tracking in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth NP coast USD 50 for foreign tourist permit and UGX 100,000 for an East African National permit.

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. Uganda’s most excellent safari park has several different ecosystems, such as the vast savannahs, shadowy forests, fertile wetlands, and lakes. The park host other wildlife species, birds, and primates, along with the magnificent lions.

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Customer Reviews

Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .