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Yankari National Park

The Yankari National Park is described by the Lonely Planet guide to hold "about the only remnant of wildlife left in Nigeria." Yankari is located about 225km east of the Nigerian city of Jos, and about 80km from the nearest town. The park covers an area of 2,244 square kilometers, and is one of the better game parks in West Africa. It is open to visitors from 1 November to 30 June. Visitors can arrange tours on specially adapted trucks and buses or alternatively go on walking tours. Guides are required to be taken on driving trips. Some of the wildlife found in the park includes the elephant, bush buck, horned waterbuck, buffalo, hippo, lion, monkey, wart hog, crocodile and baboon. With about 550 elephants, this park has the largest elephant population in West Africa. However, sighting the animals is not so easy, as the vegetation in the area is quite dense. The best time to view the animals is late February to late April.

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The Wiki Warm Springs is another attraction to visitors. It is located near the park lodge and is about 200m long and 10m wide, containing crystal-clear water at a temperature of around 31 degrees Celsius. Baboons and elephants often come down to the springs. Accommodation is available at a hotel at the warm springs. The other option is to stay in Bauchi, 117 km northwest of Yankari. Camping facilities are also available.



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