Nigeria Resorts and National Parks
Yankari Game Reserver
Yankari National Park is the leading game reserve in Nigeria. Yankari
Park and Wikki Warm Springs are to be found around the Gagi River, approximately
1.5 hours by road, southeast of Bauchi Town. The beauty and size of The
Yankari Game Reserve makes it one of the most visited reserve in Nigeria.
It was set up in 1956 and opened to the public in 1962. The reserve is
open all year round. Tourists from all over the world visit this park
in droves. The reserve covers 2,058 sq. km. of savanna woodland and is
well-stocked with baboons, elephants, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribis, roan
antelopes, crocodiles, hippopotamus’, buffalos and various types
of monkeys. Lions can be spotted as too. The best time to visit is between
November and May, when one is likely to see more game since the dense
vegetation usually has dried out and the animals assemble around the rivers.
The Wikki Warm Springs is one of the best
features of the game reserve. At night it is Flood-lit, and it is wonderful
after a hot day to relax in the warm water. The spring gushes out from
under a cliff, where the water is at least 6 ft. deep, with a bathing
spot that extends for 600 ft. in an open area. The park is inhabited by
a variety of birds, including the huge saddlebill stork, golliath heron,
bateleur eagle, vultures, kingflshers, bee-eaters and more. It is a must-see
for all bird-watchers.
The Mambilla Plateau is in the southeast corner of Taraba State and shares
a border with Cameroon. It is a high grassland plateau averaging about
1800 meters. It is a welcome relieve from the heat and humidity of Lagos
and hence enjoys frequent visits. The roads are not very good and a sport
utility vehicle or 4WD is recommended. Visitors should pack personal essentials,
camping equipment and food. There are a few hotels on the plateau.
The Park is a tourist attraction well worth a visit.
Mambilla has tea plantations, cattle ranches and rolling, grassy hills.
It is different from the rest of Nigeria with regard to flora and fauna
and is home to some rare species of birds and animals, especially at the
Gashaka-Gumti National Park.