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Lions in Uganda

Lions of Uganda

When it comes to wildlife encounters, few experiences rival the thrill of encountering lions in their natural habitat. The majestic roar of a lion, the awe-inspiring sight of a pride on the prowl – these moments create memories that last a lifetime. If you’re wondering where to embark on a feline adventure, look no further than the lush landscapes of Uganda. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of lions, exploring their diverse habitats across continents, their intriguing behaviors, and, most importantly, the unique charm of encountering these magnificent creatures in Uganda.

The king of the jungle(lions of Uganda)

The Global Realm of Lions

Lions, often referred to as the kings of the animal kingdom, are distributed across various continents, each harboring unique subspecies. Africa, the ancestral home of lions, is home to the majority of the world’s wild lion population. Additionally, a small population of Asiatic lions can be found in the Gir Forest National Park in India.

Behavioral Marvels

Lions are renowned for their complex social structure and fascinating behaviors. These big cats exhibit a communal lifestyle, forming prides that consist of related females, their offspring, and a dominant male. Within the pride, social bonds are strengthened through grooming, playful interactions, and synchronized hunting strategies.

Dietary Preferences:

Lions are apex predators, showcasing remarkable hunting prowess. Their diet primarily consists of large herbivores, such as wildebeests, zebras, and buffalo. Hunting is a cooperative effort within the pride, where teamwork ensures a higher success rate in capturing prey.

Life beyond the Hunt!

Beyond hunting, lions exhibit an intriguing way of life. The cats are known for their penchant for lazing about during the day, conserving energy for the nocturnal hunts. Roaring serves multiple purposes, from communication within the pride to asserting dominance over territory. Additionally, lions are territorial animals, and their pride’s territory plays a crucial role in their survival.

Lions in Uganda

Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa,” offers a distinctive opportunity to witness lions in their natural habitat. The country is home to two types of lions: the African Savannah lions and the rare and elusive tree-climbing lions.

Savannah Lions

In the presence of jungle royalty

In Uganda’s renowned national parks like Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls, visitors can witness the spectacle of African Savannah lions. These majestic creatures roam the vast savannahs, showcasing the quintessential behaviors of prides – the nurturing care of lionesses, the playful antics of cubs, and the commanding presence of dominant males.

Tree-Climbing Lions

Uganda boasts a unique phenomenon that sets it apart from other lion habitats – tree-climbing lions. Ishasha, located in Queen Elizabeth National Park, is famed for its tree-climbing lions. Here, lions defy conventional expectations by ascending the branches of sturdy fig trees, a behavior not commonly observed in other lion populations. Witnessing these agile felines perched on branches is an unforgettable sight that adds an extra layer of intrigue to the safari experience.

Where See Lions in Uganda?

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park: Queen Elizabeth National Park is a lion hotspot, offering a diverse landscape for visitors. The park’s vast savannahs are home to prides of African Savannah lions, and the Ishasha sector is where you can witness the exceptional tree-climbing lions.
  1. Murchison Falls National Park: The expansive Murchison Falls National Park, bisected by the mighty Nile River, is another lion haven. Game drives along the northern bank provide ample opportunities to spot lions, and the park’s diverse ecosystems ensure a rich safari experience.
  2. Kidepo Valley National Park: For those seeking a more off-the-beaten-path adventure, Kidepo Valley National Park in northeastern Uganda is a hidden gem. The park is home to a thriving population of lions, and its rugged landscapes offer a unique backdrop for wildlife enthusiasts.
  3. Semliki Wildlife Reserve: Semliki Wildlife Reserve, tucked away in the western part of Uganda, is a lesser-known destination that promises an intimate wildlife experience. Here, lions roam freely in the vast grasslands, providing a more secluded safari experience.


Embarking on a lion safari in Uganda is more than just a journey into the wild – it’s a plunge into the heart of one of Africa’s most diverse and captivating ecosystems. The lions of Uganda, with their unique behaviors and the enchanting tree-climbing phenomenon, add a special touch to the safari experience. So, pack your bags, set your sights on the Pearl of Africa, and get ready for a roaring adventure that will leave you with memories of a lifetime. After all, in the realm of lions, Uganda stands out as a crown jewel, waiting to be explored.

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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 .