Bush time is the best time
My husband and I have recently returned from an amazing two-week trip to Uganda. Part of the adventure included a few nights in the Ishasha section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We had heard of the tree-climbing lions found in this area and were fortunate to spot them at the end of our first day. The two snoozing in the lower section of a fig tree were easy to spot. Fortunately, we decided to drive around the tree in both directions for half an hour, and our patience paid off. A quick twitch of a tail identified the male sleeping near the top of the tree. Soon after this sighting, one black padded foot could be seen swinging below a branch halfway up the tree. From this emerged three cubs – a yawn, a scratch and back to sleep! According to the locals, these lions spend much of their day in a tree to escape the heat … their answer to air conditioning, I guess. This encounter at the start of our trip set the standard for what was still to come. From the beauty of the countryside and the wildlife to the friendliness of the people and huge variety of bird species (including a rare sighting of the shoebill stork), Uganda will always hold special memories for us. – Furber Nothard, Johannesburg
TRAGIC NEWS Eleven lions were poisoned in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in April. Only about 19 lions are left. Wild lion numbers have plummeted across Africa.