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Yankari Resort & Safari 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 square kilometres (866 sq mi) 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 originally created as a game reserve in 1956, but later designated 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. It is also one of the most popular eco-destinations in West Africa.

The “Wikki Camp” is the tourist centre of the park. Located about 42 kilometres from the main entrance gate, the camp is built beside, and named after, the Wikki warm spring, which is open for swimming 24 hours a day.

 

Tour Details

The tour is a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat.

Spot the remaining Elephants and Lions in the  home in Nigeria. On the safari ride, see the reserve’s important refuge for over 50 mammal species including African bush elephant, olive baboon, patas monkey, Tantalus monkey, roan antelope, western hartebeest, West African lion, African buffalo, waterbuck, bushbuck, hippopotamus and also over 350 species of birds in the park. 

See the evidence of early human settlements in the museum, caves, wells, rocks and other attractions at the reserve. Enjoy the warm springs and sporting activities throughout your stay.

 

 

Departure & Return Location

Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 5 Nights Hotel Accommodation

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • All road transport to Yankari
  • Entrance Fees
  • Room Service Fees
  • Tour Features
  • Feeding

Complementaries

  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
What to Expect

When you arrive in Bauchi, you will be guided to take a bus that is going straight to Yankari, it costs about N5,000 for a chartered vehicle to the reserve. The distance between Bauchi to Yankari is 110km about 1 hour.

The entrance gate is located in Mainamaji Village, 69km from Bauchi, and from the reserve entrance you drive 43km to Wikki Camp. Entrance fee into the reserve is N2,000.*

 

*Students enjoy a big discount

  • Air travel to Bauchi State
  • Road travel to Yankari
  • Road Travel to Yankari Game Reserve
  • Safari Tour
  • Warm springs, caves, wells and hills exploration
  • Delicious continental and international meals (lookout for bush meat delicacies)
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bauchi, Nigeria

Fly from Lagos or Abuja to Bauchi. Arrive in Bauchi International Airport, Bauchi. From the airport, take a vehicle going to Yankari Game Reserve. Enjoy the scenic drive, check in to the resort, check out the restaurant and enjoy the rest of the day.

Day 2Safari Ride

Enjoy an orientation tour around the game reserve and experience a natural appreciation for the wonder in nature. 

Day 3Historical Exploration

Get your camera and history notepads out on your visit to

  • Dukkey Wells – 139 wells with interconnecting shafts representing an elaborate water storage system.
  • Marshall Caves – 59 dwelling caves dug into sandstone escarpments, which were discovered by P.J. Marshall in 1980. There are rock paintings and engravings in zig-zag form and in straight lines.
  • Tunga Dutse – a rock with more elaborate engravings than the Marshall caves. Legible writings cover an area on the sandstone rock embankment of about 4m in length in Dwall River. The writings are legible. However, their age and meanings have not been determined
  • Iron Smelting – the shau shau iron smelting works has about 60 standing shaft furnaces, which are believed to be the largest historical industrial complex of its time in the West Africa Sub-region

Day 4Warm springs, fauna exploration and relaxing games

The Wikki Warm Spring is the largest spring and is about 13.0 metres wide and 1.9 metres deep. It daily flows 21,000,000 litres of clear, spring water into the Gaji river. The spring has a constant temperature of 31.1 °C through the year during both day and night and has been developed for your delight.

The other warm water springs are Dimmil, Gwana, and Mawulgo springs. A fifth spring, Tungan Maliki, is the only cool spring in the park.

Take another look at the diverse fauna of the park and enjoy the games in the park.

 

Day 5Visit the Museum for Souvenirs

It’s market day in Yankari! Enjoy browsing the museum’s curation of wildlife parts such as skins, tusks, bones, horns & full mounts of some wildlife species of the park. Pick up something for your journey back home. Journey back to Bauchi International Airport to catch your flight to the rest of the world. 

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