Nigeria, the giant of Africa is not only blessed with the best rainforest, flora, it also has exciting wildlife sanctuaries and preservation centres that are located in different parts of the country. So, if you are a wildlife lover, you do not need to visit South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania to see the wild. There are lovely and beautiful wildlife destinations in Nigeria. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares some of them.
Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience the amazing wildlife at Afi mountain sanctuary. The wildlife reserve is a preservation centre for chimpanzees, gorillas, drill monkeys and many other endangered primates. It is also home to large migratory roosts in Africa. It is located in Cross River State.
Yankari Games Reserve
The Yankari Games Reserve will always top the list of Parks to visit in Nigeria. The Park was established in 1956 and opened to the public in 1962. It is located around Gagi River, South East of Bauchi Town. The reserve covers 2,058 sq. km. of savanna woodland and is inhabited by elephants, baboons, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, crocodile, hippopotamus, roan antelope, buffalo and various types of monkeys.
Ogba Zoo and Nature Park
The Ogba Zoo covers about 750 acres and was established in 1966 and sits comfortably on Airport Road in the ancient Benin Kingdom. You will see the King of animals – lions, chimpanzees, giant tortoises, rock python, peafowls and many more.
Gashaka Gumti National Park
The Gashaka Gumti National Park holds the title of the largest National Park in Nigeria covering about 6,402 Km and it is situated in-between Taraba (Gashaka and Adamawa (Gumti). This natural habitat is home to a wide range of plant and animal life from the leopard to elephants, lions, wild dogs, antelope, forest hogs, golden cats, birdlife, insects, reptiles and aquatic life. The mountain is a stone throw from the Chappal Waddi, which is Nigeria’s highest mountain.
Jos Wildlife Park
The Jos Wild park attracts inter- and intra-visitors yearly.The park is located in the Rantya area of Jos. It is home to species of rare animals like elephants, lions, hyenas, birds, chimpanzees, baboons and monkeys. You are guaranteed a swell time in Jos as the park is only one of many tourist destinations in the state.