Enjoy wild life in Yankari National Park, NigeriaFriday, January 15, 2010 9:15
The world is a global village. Form one corner to other of the world, there are countable ways and means of reaching the farthest horizons and exploring your heart’s desire. The most convenient one begin “air journey”. Even booking flights is now a piece of cake. Online revolutionary systems have taken over the old means of searching for cheap flight by visiting one shop or another. You can book online any thing from a match box to a plane.
In many books we read that if you want to learn or explore, “travel”. Travel gives the most practical and amazing knowledge that is there in the universe to get. The feeling of being in a foreign land itself is a fresh feeling a warm taste and happiness. Specially, when being in the foreign land brings you closer to the universe’s most amazing, unique and wondrous objects, plants, animals …simple nature. South Africa, being at the top, African continent has abundance in natural resources and wild life. Nowadays, if you want to save some money on your trip (as after effects of recession are still high) or just are bored off of visiting Far East of South Africa over and over again, consider going to Nigeria. Wild life in Nigeria and natural resources of the country are no less than its African competitors. Besides, it is more cost effective. Cheap flights to Nigeria are easily available over the net and major airlines including British Airways, Airik Air and Virgin Atlantic offer very cheap flights to Lagos, Nigeria.
One such attraction in Nigeria that will bring you closer to Mother Nature and fill you with excitement and wondrous surprises is the “Yankari National Park”. It is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It covers an area of about 2,244 km² (870 mi²) and is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its location in the heartland of the West African savanna makes it a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Yankari was designated and opened as Nigeria’s biggest national park in 1991. It is the most popular destination for tourists in Nigeria and, as such, plays a crucial role in the development and promotion of tourism and ecotourism in Nigeria. As Tourism may evolve as a major industry some day in Nigeria and expand developments and progress for the country.
The Yankari National Park is an important refuge for over 50 species of mammal including African Bush Elephant, Olive Baboon, Patas Monkey, Tantalus Monkey, Roan Antelope, Western Hartebeest, Lion, African Buffalo, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and Hippopotamus. It also has a large and diverse freshwater ecosystem around its freshwater springs and the Raji River. These rivers add enigmatic effects to the beauty and splendor of the location. There are also over 350 species of bird found in the Park. Of these, 130 are resident, 50 are Palearctic migrants and the rest are intra-African migrants that move locally within Nigeria. These birds include the Saddle-billed Stork, White-rumped Vulture, Guinea fowl, Grey hornbill, and the Cattle Egret. For bird watchers, you may call it a paradise.
The crowning beauty of an African Jungle is “Elephants”, the huge titans of the jungles. Yankari National Park’s necessary ingredients of perfect wild life collections are complete with the African Elephants. It is recognized as having one of the largest populations of elephants in West Africa, estimated at more than 300 in 2005. The rest of the attractions in this parks, I leave on you to explore.
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