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Ishasha National Park

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Technically this place is called the “Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park”, but I think it’s a lot easier and clearer to just call it Ishasha NP. So I’m going with that…

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On the way to the Ishasha entrance – hours and hours of this wilderness

This remote park lies on the very Western border of Uganda, butting up against – yes, you guessed it – the mighty DRC. I put in a huge day to get all the way there, with monster thunderstorms on the horizon for the entire journey.

As soon as I get close to the park entrance I know I’m on a good thing. I actually hear elephants trumpeting while chatting to the guy at the entrance gate! Way back in Gabon, Rep. Congo and the DRC I was shocked by the landscape – rather than the insanely dense jungle I had always expected, much of the landscape was green rolling hills with beautiful grasslands.
Here, again, I find the same thing and I’m extremely happy about it.

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Within five minutes I spotted a huge herd of elephants roaming

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Rolling hills and wildlife

The scenery is simply stunning, and for around $90USD I decide the afternoon and morning in the park are well worthwhile, with a spot of camping in the middle.

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Stunning trees and DRC mountains

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These kind of tracks stretch endlessly into the distance

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Muddy roads and stunning scenery are a feature in Ishasha

This park is famous for lions that climb trees – one of the only places in the world where this is found. I keep my eyes peeled and search high and low all over the park, though I never do spot a single lion. The torrential rains keep the temperature down, and I’m told they move into the trees when the temperature skyrockets in the early months of the year.

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This massive guy was all alone, and I waited ten minutes for him to get off the road – he’s WAY bigger than the Jeep, so he has right of way

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Gravel and muddy roads beg to be explored

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The landscape is breathtaking

The massive thunderstorms swirl around all afternoon and camping at night is a rainy affair. In the morning I’m moving before sunrise, exploring far and wide all over the park.

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Dirt roads lead to massive thunderstorms

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These guys are everywhere

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Camping in Ishasha, right on the hippo-filled river

As you can see the landscape is breathtaking, and I especially like the trees which have a special quality. At about lunch time the skies open with an enormous torrential downpour, and I take that as a signal to leave the park and move onto new adventures!

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Herds of hundreds of buffalo roam in the grasslands

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Curious big guy

-Dan

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6 Responses

  1. Terry says:

    This is one of your best posts! I’ve added Ishasha to my list now!

  2. Wazungu says:

    I see you backtracked from Jinja to western Uganda, hence your long day – or days – on the road. When you were in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – just after you had crossed the border from Rwanda – you were within a few hours drive of the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park. I know you can read a map, but maybe others can’t…

    • Dan Grec says:

      Haha, Yeah it’s true.
      I went the way I did because I was catching up with a friend I have not seen in years and we wanted to get into Kampala together!
      Also my plans change my the minute. When I had just crossed the border I wasn’t really thinking about Ishasha, but then someone told me it’s incredible, so I decided to go back that way!

      -Dan

  3. C7GT1 says:

    I recently purchased 2 of The Road Chose Me Vol.1 paperback books, for me and for my brother. I was wondering how much money in US Dollars will be sent to you for the remainder of you African overlanding .

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hi,

      Thanks very much for buying the books, I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoy them.
      Please leave a review on Amazon after you have read the book!

      Amazon give me a percentage of the sale price, and trust me when I say it all helps and will keep me on the road to the end point of Cairo!!

      Thanks again very much,
      -Dan

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