Wednesday, 28 November 2012

In happier times: Yankari Game Reserve


The Yankari Game Reserve is a game park in Bauchi State, North East Nigeria.  Located in the heartland of the West African savannah, it provides a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Yankari 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.

I remember visiting Yankari as a child. I must have been about six.  We drove all the way to Jos and then to Bauchi. It must have taken us about nine hours.  That holiday remains one of my most memorable till date. 

A lot has changed since then, and with the looming insecurity in Nigeria, visitors to the park have dwindled.  Nonetheless, Yankari still offers a refreshing way to unwind and relax.

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