List of National Parks in Nigeria And Their Locations

Do you need the list and locations of all the national parks in Nigeria? Do you want to visit some of the game reserves in Nigeria but don’t know where to start from?

If yes, you might find this article helpful as it will unravel the locations of each and every game reserve/national park in Nigeria.

These national parks to be discussed are under the watch of the Nigeria National Park Service.

A government agency saddled with the responsibility of enhancing, preserving, protecting, and managing the vegetation, environment, and wild animals in the game reserves.

Without further delay, below is the list and locations of all the National game reserves in Nigeria.

  1. Gashaka Gumti

Gashaka Gumti is one of the National game reserves and the largest park in Nigeria. Located in the eastern part of Taraba and Adamawa State, covering a landmass of 6,402 KMSQ.

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There is diverse wildlife in Gashaka Gumti reserve ranging from Chimpanzee, African buffalo, African elephant, African golden cat, West African wild dog, yellow-backed duiker, varieties of antelope, klipspringer, and many other mammals that are too numerous to mention.

  1. Yankari National Park

Second, on the list is the Yankari Game Reserve. This game reserve is located in Bauchi State, very popular and the most tourist attraction center in Nigeria.

This most visited national park in Nigeria is home to wildlife with over 50 species of mammals inhabiting there. Some of these mammals are Patas monkey, olive baboon, African bush elephant, Tantalus monkey, roan antelope, western hartebeest, African buffalo, West African lion, water-buck, hippopotamus, and bushbuck.

Findings also show that Yankari National park is having one of the largest numbers of elephants inhabiting there in the whole of Africa.

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There are over 350 birds in Yankari too. Among them are guinea fowl, stork, white-rumped vulture, cattle egret, grey hornbill, and some other avian species.

  1. Kainji National Park

Kainji National park could be categorized into three; Kainji Lake (fishing is totally prohibited), Borgu, and Zugurma Game Reserve.

The National park has abundant wildlife such as baboons, kobs, hyenas, duikers, hippopotami, roan antelopes, warthogs, and so on.

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  1. Chad Basin National Park

Chad Basin is another National Park in Nigeria that covers Borno and Yobe state. It also covers part of the Sambisa Game  Reserve and the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands.

Like any other Nation Park, Chad Basin also have numerous species of wildlife seeking refuge there.

  1. Cross River National Park

Cross River National Park is located predominantly in a tropical rain forest and mangrove swamp. It is one of the oldest rainforests in the whole of Africa.

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It is about 75 species of mammals, 350 avians’ species, and close to 42 species of snakes. All in all, this National Park has been forecasted to house about 400 chimpanzees.

  1. Kamuku National Park

This National Park can be found in Kaduna state. It has a climate of Sudan savanna and the park is situated in the west part of Kaduna and adjacent to the Kwiambana reserve to the northwest.

The Kamuku Park housed a lot of mammal species and among them are elephants, duikers, roan antelopes, hartebeest, warthog,  patas monkeys,  and nothing less than 117 species of birds.

  1. Okomu National Park

This is the smallest National Park in Nigeria. It is situated in Edo State and the park has numerous numbers of mammals and aves.

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