The prides of Uganda’s unique natural endowments. Uganda’s wilderness is well packed with different wildlife species and among them are the kings of the beasts “lions”. The African lions can be seen in several game parks spread all over the country “ the pearl of Africa “ and there are greater chances of you not missing seeing one only if your safari takes you to the right game park containing these beautiful creatures. But do you know these parks in Uganda with the kings of the jungles or the pride of nature? You can choose to contact us at Jewel safaris and we arrange you a Uganda safari taking you to the destination park in Uganda with lions.
Today we choose to celebrate one of the looked out for prides of Uganda’s jungles after the mountain gorillas. Jewel safaris explores on all the lions in Uganda. Uganda is blessed with over 400 lions in about 5 or more lion populations living in habitats across the different national/ game parks in Uganda The lions are the second most sought after tourism attractions in Uganda of course after the Mountain Gorillas and can be seen all year round in different game/ national parks across Uganda.
Lions in Uganda tagged “King of the Beasts” are of course African lions, they are fierce strong big deep-chested cats that prey on other animals for food. Their habitats are savannah flat-topped grounds because lions are not necessarily adapted to survive in forested areas. However in Uganda especially in Queen Elizabeth National Park, we have the unique and famous “Ishasha” tree climbing lions that live in trees. They still have all the other characteristics of the African lion but climb and stay in trees during the day to hide from the sunshine and other conditions that are not unfavorable. Male lions have a mane as their distinctive feature and their big nature makes them the leaders of the pride which are normally made up of females and their cubs. Lions are territorial and can stay in a territory for a lifetime for as long as they are not threatened and there is enough food for them. In Uganda, the lions can be spotted in game parks like:
- Murchison falls national park
- Queen Elizabeth national park (tree climbing lions)
- Kidepo valley national park
- Semuliki national park
- Lake Mburo national park
Though in Lake Mburo and Semuliki it’s rare to actually sight a lion however you will hear their roars the whole time, you are there. The Lion in Lake Mburo national park is nocturnal and if luck is on your side, you can see him at Night while on night game drive.
Like other cats, the lions are active at night and that’s when they hunt for their food. If on a night safari, you are most likely to bump into a pride enjoying its prey or a group of lionesses ceasing their prey. In moments when a lion feels threatened or it senses danger, it will charge up in agitation and rage becoming dangerous to the humans around it. In this state, a lion can inflict on human fatal injuries or even can kill the human on the spot.
Recently, Letaba (a lion) that was brought to Uganda in 2015 from South Africa to replace the popular Lion Kibonge was shot on the spot by the conservationists (Uganda wildlife education centre) themselves and will be dearly missed. It all happened on Friday 13th September 2019 in Mubende District on their way back from exhibiting at one event that was staged in Fortportal dubbed Empango celebrations in the Tooro Kingdom, Letaba was part of the Conservation Education Program activities that took place in the week-long.
While travelling back, there was an accident that happened that opened the crate carrying Letaba and it opened instantly and Letaba went astray and escaped going into a nearby community. Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) rangers, Uganda Police and community leaders joined forces for Letaba’s search however by the time Letaba was found he had already caused harm to 3 pigs and 1 cow. He was highly charged, agitated and dangerously posing a serious danger to human life in the community. After trials by the UWEC Veterinary doctor to dart the animal had failed, the team made a painful decision to put Letaba out of action. And that is how Letaba died at 9:00 am and his carcass was then transported back to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, where a post-mortem was done and the animal stuffed for further conservation education studies.
It was indeed a sad and painful situation for UWEC and the entire tourism sector but all hope is not lost because Letaba is survived by 3 lionesses and 4 cubs of which one of his male cubs Africa now takes up the role of head lion in the pride. Letaba also has relatives all over Uganda, which can be seen all year round in the different national parks across the country.
If you are planning Uganda safari and want to join other travelers that have come to celebrate the life of the legendary Letaba and see the prides of Uganda’s jungles, make an inquiry and do a booking for your safari with us at Jewel safaris for an authentic reach to the homes of these kings of beasts. While celebrating Letaba’s life, you will see Letaba’s brothers, sisters, cousins etc. in the different parks. Let Jewel safaris experienced guides take you and show Letaba’s relatives that we treasured him that we share this loss with them and we deeply miss him.
Welcome to the pearl of Africa with Jewel safaris.