Yankari Game Reserve is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, Nigeria. It covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometres (866 sq mi) and is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. The reserve is also a vast village to animals such as primates, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, crocodiles, hippopotamus, roan gazelle, wild ox and countless species of monkeys.
Things to take with you: A camera, cash, sunglasses, drinking water, comfortable hiking shoes, your overnight kit and a safari kit.
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to have the full experience of Yankari is during the dry season with warmer temperature, typically between March and April. This allows you to see a wider range of animals during the safari.
Where to lodge?
Yankari offers a wide variety of convenient rooms for different budgets from a bed at a student lodge to a corporate villa and all rooms have WIFI. To book a room, call ahead before setting out on your journey. However, there are other inns and motels nearby.
Fun things to do on your visit to Yankari
- Take a dip in the Wikki warm springs
- Explore all the wonderful animals on the safari
- See the one-of-a-kind caves
- Take lots of pictures