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Ishasha and her climbing lions

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It is incredible to observe how we try to relearn things that nature has taught us many times. We work and talk about adapting to the times, that only the companies that do will survive. That is already invented and in Ishasha, sector of the south of Queen Elizabeth N.P., we check again, as in this isolated redoubt of nature it is one of the few places where we can observe lions that have learned to climb trees. They have succeeded, and we continue studying it ...

Since we arrived in Uganda, every sunrise and sunset is more beautiful than the last. At first we thought that the prettiest ones, because of their fame, would be in Kenya, but we see that we were wrong. What will the next days hold for us? At the moment another beautiful sunrise over the Kazinga canal to say goodbye


Today, after several early rises, we have decided to take it easy. That is why, after a full breakfast we leave the northern part of Queen Elizabeth N.P. around 8'15 to get into another very different area to the south. And, as we said yesterday, we are in the second largest park in Uganda, but the one with the most diversity of ecosystems, from tundra, lakes and canals, leafy forests and now a small acacia savanna. We are in Ishasha


 

We must recognize that we do not cease to be surprised. Uganda is known for mountain gorilla trekkings, but a trip through Uganda is the perfect balance between wonderful and green landscapes, animals of all kinds (mammals, insects, primates and the jewel of gorillas) without reaching the amount that Kenya and picturesque villages on foot of the clayey road that crosses them. So, as soon as we enter we see the usual water antilope, cobos and many more



As we have already spoken long and hard, we will highlight those that are overshadowed by the great mammals. For example, !! THERE ARE TURTLES !! Yes Yes. We don't see them as the Maldives, or not as big as that Samburu shell, but we are surprised to see them. Or those lizards They catch their prey with that huge tool that is their tongue.



Of course, also monkeys, dozens of species of monkeys (this we think is a "blue monkey") Not to mention the strange colors it takes some lizard. The chameleon would be outraged to see it



But Isasha has something different from the rest of the planet's points only shared with a place in Tanzania, that on the return we will look for the name because we do not point it. Here the water has a high water table that produces a kind of puddles that certain animals do not like. We talk about lions.

Lions are lazy by nature. They can spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping. What they are not is dirty. The lion is one of the cleanest animals on the planet and this makes this part of Queen Elizabeth Park somewhat uncomfortable and therefore they have developed a particular ability to climb trees. We are in the world of "climbing lions". Do you see anything from above or below girls?



For the tracking we have a ranger, and an apprentice of his. Lions rarely climb the acacias, they look for a kind of tree similar to a fig tree or ficus, with strong branches, and their glasses and trunks was where we directed all eyes ...

He climbing lion of the Ishasha sector It is an animal of the most difficult to see of nature. They can spend hours in unlikely positions on top of tree branches. The males also have a very characteristic and unique black mane ... but all our attempts were in vain. For the first time since the beginning of the African adventure, an animal resists us. Tanzania, tremble. What if you squeeze is hunger, and in the center of this area of ​​the park there is a kind of town for rangers where we found a kind of bar. There families make their lives, and children too ...



We take this opportunity to quench our appetite and chat a little with the local locals, like that mother who cleans her house at this time



We leave Ishasha to enter another type of landscape (how many go?). We are in a mountainous area with impressive slopes dedicated to cultivation where people have their lives among a thousand hills with hardly any roads.


The children, with their usual sweetness, continue to greet us as they pass. We give them t-shirts, candies, juices and everything we carry.



The road gets worse even an absolute zizgag in very bad condition, full of potholes that not even our matokarro can dodge. We do not believe that we exceed 30 km / h on the entire route.




Of course, at least we do not run the fate of others in the area. This is a long repair ...


We must recognize that we are selfish, very selfish. The more we have the more we want. Seeing these people, with their crops, their simple life and their imagination, makes them want to rethink their lives. With 4 sticks they are able to make an improvised bicycle and be the happiest people in the world



After 3 hours, and after some stop for gifts (148,000 UGX), it seems that we are arriving at our destination. We are in BwindI Impenetrable Forest, which we have already begun to understand because it receives that name.

He Bwindi Impenetrable Jungle National Park It is located in southwestern Uganda on the other side of the border with the R.D. Congo (Virunga National Park) and was created in 1991. It is only accessible on foot (hence its name) and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

But this park is not only known for something that will suppose our apogee of an incredible trip, of which we will speak tomorrow, but it is a refuge for many species of birds, more than 120 species of mammals, more than 200 butterflies, more than 160 trees, more than 100 ferns, more than 25 amphibians and reptiles and a multitude of threatened species. We are in one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.



What a restless ass we are, we are not going to leave the opportunity to go down to town. Around the hill on which we will stay, there is a small and rudimentary town, where we can find some local craft shops




Also some accommodation with curious names. Have an imagination even for this ... Do you like the one we have chosen?



!! Noooooooo! What a lie ... That after the cold showers of one of these last days, we have opted for the Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, which is named, logically, because we have come here for a good reason



And the reason is none other than !! GET TO SEE A FAMILY OF THE JUST 800 GORILLA MOUNTAINS THAT EXIST IN THE WORLD! So after dinner, we go to bed ... and tomorrow we tell you more. Family, friends, readers ... we are perfectly, somewhat more tired, but facing the final stretch of a trip always "increschendo"


Isaac, Paula, Ruth and Juve, from Ruhija - Bwindi Impenetrable N.P. (Uganda)

EXPENSES OF THE DAY: 0 UGX and GIFTS: 148,000 UGX (approx. 38.50 EUR)

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