Pendjari Biosphere Reserve

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Tanguieta, Benin

Pendjari Biosphere Reserve Tanguieta Reviews

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Best game park in West Africa May 14, 2010
Pendjari Park in Benin is one of the best organized wildlife parks in West Africa. It is part of the vast transborder park system that includes parts of Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. There is a hotel located within the park or you can stay in the nearby town of Tanguieta. The park is home to antelope, elephant, cheetah, waterbuck, roan antelope, hippo and more. The animals are fewer in number and smaller than in Eastern African parks.

The park is well maintained and has a list of accredited guides (most only speak French). We arranged for 60,000 CFA per day which included the 4WD and guide, but not petrol (~30,000 CFA for 2 days). The park entrance was another 10,000 CFA each and the hotel was 24000 CFA for a triple room. So all-in the two-day safari was about $400, split three ways.

Around 4PM we headed off for the afternoon game drive.. this time going along the Pendjari river separating Benin from Burkina Faso. We drove for a few hrs, seeing more antelope (water buck) but nothing else... but suddenly I heard a noise I knew to be elephant.. a warning trumpet off to our right! We drove ahead and came across a dozen or so elephant off to the left of the road, we had cut them off from the access to the river! There were a few babies but hard to see as immediately the elephants formed a wall to protect the young ones. I've been on safari in east and southern Africa before so have seen elephant many times before.. the ones here were smaller but much more aggressive. One of the bulls charged our 4WD. He kept coming at us, finally relenting as we passed the remainder of the herd. They sat there with their trunks in the air sniffing us out, then moving off to the side away from the water. What luck!
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