I didn't believe Lions could climb trees. Or at least I thought they may just walk up a small dead tree trunk slightly higher than the ground...................
But these Lions were right up the tree, high up in the branches, lying there with legs dangling either side. I didn't see them get up the tree but we parked the Land Rover (open top!) right underneath the tree and looked up to see 3 lions up above our heads. Scary.
Ishasha is famous for it's tree climbing lions and I believe the only other place they do this is in Selous in Tanzania.
It's a beautiful remote corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park, on the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, with the Ishasha river which is full of hippo and many antelope including Topi.
The road that runs between Mweya in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Goma in Democratic Republic of Congo turns into an incredible mud bath when it rains, with vehicles stuck all the way along a stretch of it.
I got out of our vehicle and sank knee deep in the mud. Being the main road to and from Goma there are many trucks using the road and they all get stuck too. The truck drivers are all well prepared and have tarpaulins which they spread under the trucks (as nothing is moving) where they set up their small stoves to cook their Matoki, smoke cigarettes and wait until somebody further down the line gets themselves out of the mud. Eventually we were towed out by a truck.
It is great fun but you have to make sure you have enough food, water and supplies for at least a full day, and possibly overnight. And don't forget you are travelling in African time, which means you get there.......................eventually.