Looking Me In the Eye on Safari in Uganda

There’s no way to explain how one feels when a wild lion looks you in the eye on safari in Uganda. On our last day of touring Uganda and doing two safari's we were feeling a bit sad as we had not seen any lions on our tour….until we finally did :)

We were heading out of Queen Elizabeth Park in Fort Portal through the south gate back towards Kampala (about 6 hour drive) when my friend and tour guide Venex called ahead to the guards to ask about the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha. Lucky for us there was a family in a tree just 300 yards down the road. We quickly got moving and as we approached the area, there was already a vehicle sitting there taking photos. It was mid-day so the sun was hot and thus the lions were sleeping.

Tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - copyright @ Triple F Photo Tours

Tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - copyright @ Triple F Photo Tours

All of a sudden about 5 minutes after we parked our car, one of the cubs climbed over sleeping mom and headed down the tree limb. He headed towards his brother lying in the crook of the tree and moved his way in as the brother looked me in the eye to say “what they hell just happened?”

Tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - copyright @ Triple F Photo Tours

Tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda - copyright @ Triple F Photo Tours

Having this experience is amazing and is an understatement but something you certainly need to experience on our photo-tour to Uganda.

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