When it comes to learning about our environment, nature and all the amazing animals, there is no better place to visit than an African national park. Africa; incredibly rich in its wildlife biodiversity, has the highest concentration of national parks in the world with 335 of them protecting more than 1,100 species of mammals, 100,000 species of insects, 2,600 species of birds, and 3,000 species of fish. So if you’ve never visited an african national park, now is the time to do so! Get ready to be blown away by these 25 incredible African National Parks.
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Tai National Park, Ivory Coast
Covering an area of about 1,300 square miles, this park was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. There over 140 mammal species to be found in the park, including twelve regional endemics and five of the red list threatened species: Pygmy Hippopotamus, Olive Colobus monkeys, Leopards, Chimpanzees and Jentink’s Duike.
Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo
Located in the Congo River basin, it is Africa’s largest tropical rainforest reserve. There are no roads in the park, most of it is accessible only by the river. Salonga National Park is home to numerous animal species, notably monkeys, leopards, forest elephants, and African slender-snouted crocodiles.
Deux Balés National Park, Burkina Faso
Founded in 1937 as one of the first protected areas in West Africa, this small, unassuming national park in the heart of Burkina Faso might not have the highest concentration of big game animals but it can offer spectacular sceneries. The Black Volta River flowing through the park features hippos, crocodiles and many aquatic birds.
Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal
Established as a wildlife reserve in 1925, the park is a World Heritage Site now. Apart from its incredible collection of 1500 plant species, this park also hosts 20 species of amphibians, 60 species of fishes, 38 species of reptiles, 80 mammal species and around 330 species of birds.
Ahaggar National Park, Algeria
Dominated by the Ahaggar Mountains, this immense park is 40 times the size of the entire Gambian nation. Despite being in the middle of the world´s greatest desert, Ahaggar National Parkis a surprisingly diverse area, boasting of classic dunes, woodlands, as well as a 9,550 feet high mountain range. The biodiversity in the area is also excellent – number of animal species that have died off in other parts of the Sahara can be still found here.