A.Yankari National Park
National Park with an area of 2,44.10km is Nigeria's premier tourist
resort and is also one of The most important conservation areas in the
whole of West Africa. Located in Bauchi State, about an hour's drive
from Bauchi town, the area is effectively protected.
contains three warm springs, and opportunities to observe a wide variety
of wildlife species in their natural habitat. The most frequently seen
animal species are elephant. waterbuck, hartebeest, hippopotamus,
crocodile and baboon.
also occasionally seen. The park is visited by tourists through out the
year and most of them stop in the main camp at Wikki where there are 110
chalets as well as a conference centre, restaurant and bar. It is a
place to spend one's vacation and also to hold conferences.
Kainji Lake National Park
Lake was the first national park created in Nigeria. The 5,340 km park
was established in 1979 by the merger of the Borgu and Zugurma Game
about 8 hours drive north of Lagos in the Guinea Savannah region, it
contains a wide variety of Nigeria's floral and faunal resources. Wild
life that can be seen in the park includes Buffalo, Kob Roan,
Hartebeest, Waterbuck, Warthog and Baboon.
also a good range of Bird species both within the park and along the
nearby Kainji Lake shore. Comfortable accommodation is available at the
Olli River Camp situated at the centre of the park, which is open
throughout the year although accessibility to most parts is severely
restricted at the height of the rainy season from May to October.
Gashaka-Gumti National Park
the largest national park in Nigeria covering an area of 6,402.48 km of
mountains and valleys in Adamawa and Taraba States.
patchwork of woodland, rainforest and mountain grassland
cloaks this rugged wilderness, drained by a network of
fast flowing rivers. These - deliver their life–giving
Nigeria's second largest river, the Benue. Spectacular scenery is the
hallmark of this park, with its magnificent mountain ranges, panoramic
views and subjects of interest around every comer.
harbours the best population of primates in West Africa, since the local
people do not traditionally hunt these animals. An abundance of bird
life. butterflies fish and flowers make this naturalist's paradise.
Cross River National Park
km Cross River national park in Cross River State contains two
components, the northern Boshi-Okwang portion, north of Ikorn and about
4 hours drive from Calabar and the Southern Oban Hills portion, in the
vicinity of Oban and takes an hour drive north of Calabar.
represents the last sizeable area of intact rainforest in Nigeria and is
internationally recognised as one of the world's most important sites
for the conservation of biological diversity.
the forest has been undisturbed, it has an amazing number of species.
Scientists have identified more than 1000 plants and apart from these,
the forest contains several endangered species of wild animals, the most
notable being lowland gorilla, drill, chimpanzee, red-coleus and forest
species of birds that are threatened with extinction are also to be
found in the park amongst which the redheaded rock-fowl is worthy of
note. The park nevertheless offers boundless opportunities to the
adventurous hiker to explore undisturbed forest always with the
possibility of seeing a gorilla
Chad Basin National Park
Basin national park is split between Bomu and Yobe States and consists
of three components, Chiogurmre-Buguma Game Reserves with an area of
1,228 km, Bade-Nauru wet land with area of 938 km and Kibao Forest
Reserves with an area of 92 km.
Chingurme-Buguma, about two hours drive from Maiduguri, is accessible
only during the dry season and is especially important, as it is the
only area in the country where giraffe can be found.
Bade-Nauru wet lands in the north of Yobe State are of the extensive
Hadejia-Nguru flood plain and are particularly important for the large
numbers of water birds to be found here, many of which migrate each year
to the area from Europe.
Dagona waterfowl sanctuary, which was officially opened by the Duke of
Edinburgh in 1989, is probably the best known part of this component of
the park, as it is easily reached by branching south off the
Gashua-Nguru road. Here one can see large concentrations of water birds
with relative ease on the small ox-bow lake, which constitutes the
Old Oyo National Park
Oyo national park covers an area of 2.512 km and is located three hours
drive north of lbadan in Oyo State. The park established in 1991, was
carved out of former upper Ogun/Oyo Games Reserves.
portion of the park has dense and open woodland whilst in the extreme
north there is drier open savannah woodland where the Oyo-lle (old Oyo
kingdom) ruins can be found.
season from December to April is the best time to observe wild life in
the park at though population of animals is still small. Kobs are the
commonest animals to be found in addition, the Ogun River, which has its
source in the park, attracts a good diversity of bird life