Yankari Game Reserve is a large wildlife park located in Bauchi State, northeastern Nigeria.
It covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometers (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.
It is home to the remaining Elephants and Lions in Nigeria.
It is under the management of the Bauchi State Government. Yankari Game Reserve is a large wildlife park located in Bauchi State, northeastern Nigeria.
It has natural tourist sites and attractions that include
- Dukkey Wells
- Wikki warm spring
- Shau iron smelting site
- Marshall caves
The Yankari museum is one of the attraction sites in the reserve. It contains trophies of wildlife parts such as tusks, bones, skins, horns, taxidermy arts, and hunting gears retrieved from poachers.
Yankari game reserve is a refuge for more than 50 mammals including African buffalo, waterbuck, Tantalus monkey, Patas monkey, African bush elephant, baboon, West African lion, waterbuck, bushbuck, and hippopotamus.
Wikki warm spring
It is the largest spring among the warm springs in Yankari it has a constant temperature of 31.1°C throughout the year both day and night and it has been developed for recreation
The wikki spring is perfect for swimming as it is 2meters deep and 13meters wide.
Dukkey Wells is an attractive site that shows how the settlers managed their water supply. It is a channel of 139 Wells linked to each other by a shaft.
It is said to be the resting place for slave traders when traveling from duguli to Pali during the slave trade period
Shau Shau iron-smelting site.
The shau shau iron smelting site is one of the world’s most extensive concentrations of early iron smelting sites with the largest historical industrial complex during its time in the West Africa sub-region.
The Marshall caves were dug out of sandstone escarpments. There are rock paintings and engravings in zig-zag form and a straight line.
The Yankari game reserve opens daily from 2 pm to 12 am and it is open to all age groups.
The entrance fee is affordable to both adults, kids, and students.
To explore the game reserve, tourists need to get a chattered vehicle to take them around the game reserve and it cost 6,000 naira for students and 8,000 naira for non-students.
Accommodations are also made available for any tourist who wants to spend days in the game reserve. The prices of the accommodation range from 2000 per bed space for students and other affordable suites.
As a tourist at the Yankari game reserve, you can have your meal at the Yankari restaurant. The restaurant with its well-trained chefs provides both local and international dishes and you can decide to eat at the restaurant or eat in your room.
In Yankari game reserve, there are also facilities made available for having events such as weddings, business meetings, corporate meetings parties, etc.
It is very important to note that’s best to enjoy, explore better, and have a memorable experience of the Yankari game reserve during the dry season. During the dry season, the temperature is warmer and this period is between October and May.