Game and Nature Reserves

Game and Nature Reserves – Today, there are nearly 7,000 national parks around the world, … the eye of the beholder, these parks offer the best in magnificent landscapes.

The Niger River

The Niger River– The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending over 2,500 miles (about 4,180 km). It runs in a crescent through Guinea, Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria, discharging through a massive delta, known as the Oil Rivers, into the Gulf of Guinea. The Niger is the third longest river in Africa, exceeded only by the Nile and the Congo Rivers (also known as the Zaïre River). Its main tributary is the Benue River.

The " W " National Park

The ” W ” National Park-The National Park is so named because of its “W” shape. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that cut across three countries—Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso. The park is popular for its fauna, including endangered species of wild African Elephants, rare West African Giraffe, aardvarks, buffalo, and baboons among others. The park is situated 150 kilometers (km) south-east of Niamey.

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The giraffe reserve at Kouré– Located only 60 kilometres from Niamey and connected with a decent road (45 minutes trip), the giraffe reserve at Kouré is an absolut must see should you be visiting Niger. Not only these giraffes are the last from Western Africa but they are also evolving completely freely and are interacting with human activities pretty well (even though farmers are complaining about the special interest shown by giraffes for beans, mangoes and watermelons during their nigth incursions in villages !).

 

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