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While authorities at the Yankari Game Reserve In Bauchi state are celebrating the recent sighting of the hitherto believed extinct leopards, the WCS camera-trap at the game reserve have also caught a rare cat. The Caracal cat which is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India…

CREDIT: WCS, NATIONALHELM

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It is a joyous moment for the authorities at Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi state after an exciting discovery was made recently. A leopard was recorded wandering by a WCS camera-trap at the game reserve. According to officials, leopard had not been recorded at the game reserve for decades as they were presumed to be extinct.

CREDIT: WCS, NATIONALHELM

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In the move to promote tourism in Nigeria, the Abuja Facts team in partnership with Velcroz Nigeria, a shoe making company and Multiple Works Ltd are bringing you an exciting tour package tagged “EXPLORE BAUCHI 2017: Amazing Trip To Yankari Resort and Safari”.

The Creative Director of Abuja Facts, Isa Ozo Mustapha, said the Explore Bauchi Trip will see to opening new doors in the tourism sector in Nigeria. He added that the choice of Bauchi was because of its Motto which reads “The Pearl Of Tourism”.
“There are a whole lot Bauchi has to offer which makes it the Pearl of Tourism and we are ready to make sure that it becomes the true pearl of Nigeria’s tourism sector. This is will be one of the most interesting trips we’ve done. In the past, we did Gurara Waterfalls Trip as well as the Kajuru Castle trip” Isa Ozo said.
Isa Ozo added that the aim is to bring professionals from different sectors together in one community to exchange ideas and discuss ways to improve the economy in their various fields.
The CEO Of Velcroz Designs Nigeria, Abdulhameed Usman (Mr Velcroz), who is an indigene of Bauchi state expressed optimism about the trip, saying his plans in organizing the trip was out of interest in tourism as well as entrepreneurship.
In his words; “Bauchi has a lot to offer in terms of Tourism and we can’t watch that go unnoticed and that’s why we are bringing you the Explore Bauchi Trip to show the world what Bauchi has to offer”.
“I am also going to use this opportunity to bring entrepreneurs within and outside Bauchi together to interact and create a relationship”, Mr Velcroz said.
The Representative of Multiple Works Ltd, Mohammed Kabeer, said he decided to partner with like-minded people and platforms who have interest in tourism and he also expressed optimism in the success of Explore Bauchi 2017 trip adding that this is only first amongst many to come from Multiple Works Ltd in collaboration with Abuja Facts, Velcroz Nigeria and others.
Abdulsalam Hamza, Digital Media Strategist at Abuja Facts, (aka Dr Khalidz, The Abuja Wakaholic) said Explore Bauchi trip will be one of the most exciting trip to be experienced by Nigerians and will just be part of his journeys around Nigeria.
Ahmed Zol, a Bauchi-based photographer who is partnering to ensure the success of the trip says it will be one of the best things to happen to Bauchi’s Tourism sector.
ATTRACTIONS:
* Accommodation
* Transportation
* Food (Buffet)
* Unlimited Drinks
* Wiki Warm Spring
* Safari Trip
* Cultural Dances
* Yankari Museum
* Sumu Wildlife Park
* Sir Tafawa Balewa Tomb
* Emir’s Palace
* Sports
* Bonfire/BBQ Night
* FIFA Tournament
* Freebies
* Performances by Classiq, iMorrel, Kannywood Actress Maryam Booth, Bauchi-based comedian Bushkiddo, MC-Tagwayi, Asu Baba and more.
* And Many More
Date: 23rd – 26th (3nights, 4days)
Singles: N35,000
Couples: N60,000
Take off point is Eagle Square Abuja by 9am.
N5000 discount for people coming from outside Abuja on their own
Payment Dealine: February 18th.

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The Yankari Game Reserve is one of Nigeria’s best known travel destinations. On a recent visit, Naij.com contributor Pelu Awofeso meets and chats up a group of Nigerians who were treated to a safari.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Entrance to the Yankari Game Reserve.

Anefiok Akpan: I have always wondered what the Yankari Game Reserve looked like, especially considering its reputation as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. It covers an area of more than 2,000 sq km. The serenity could not be mistaken; neither will tourists fail to appreciate the tranquil ambience of the reserve.

We settled quickly into the business of wandering around. The reserve boasts of one of the most well stocked artifacts museum, well curated and information nicely presented to capture the highs and lows of the game reserve: hoofs of exotic birds, skins of wild animals; tools of poachers who used to trouble the reserve. I was impressed with the guides and staff who showed us around.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Wildlife inside the Yankari Game reserve.

And what is a reserve without the wildlife? We drove through the picturesque wild, came across a jubilant tribe of monkeys. On our way to the legendary pre-historic caves, it was a beautifully weird experience, realizing that behind those small holes, a long gone civilization had existed.

 

Our journey literally came to halt at the Wikki warm spring. I couldn’t help but get a dip, relishing its therapeutic effect.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Preserved animal parts in the Yakari Museum.

Chukwuemeka Ekenaka: The journey from Bauchi State capital to the Yankari Games Reserve is about 1hr 30mins, covering a distance of 110km. We visited the museums and saw preserved skins, skulls and skeletal system of animals such as the wolf and cheetah. The reserve has hostel accommodation for researchers and tourists. A truck took us into the reserve (natural habitat), where animals are allowed to reproduce naturally without any human interference or aid. We met a handful of animals—from Impala to Monkeys—who depend on a stream that runs through the reserve.

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Our group was taken to the Marshall Caves, named after the person who later proved that humans once lived in the caves. The caves are carved in rocks close to the stream, which served as a source of water for the inhabitants hundreds of years ago. The safari was as scary as it was exciting—unsurprisingly only our guide was relaxed.

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The road networks in the reserve are not paved and you could feel the refreshing expanse of nature. Bridges in the reserve are made of woods and stones. Sadly, we didn’t see the ''big five''—Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Giraffes and Elephants. Its either poachers have reduced the animal population in the reserve or they were sleeping/ grazing far away. All in all, it was a trip worth every minute spent there. 

 
Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Wikki Warm Spring.

Samuel Igbomiye: I won’t forget the experience of visiting the Yankari Games Reserve in a long time. I felt the natural breath of fresh air for a couple of hours at a stretch. The reserve is one of Africa’s finest tropical forests; within it there is a museum, which consists of preserved remains of wildlife (elephant, leopard, crocodile, lion, tiger to mention but a few); it was the first time I saw some of the wild animals in their natural habitats, roaming freely in search of prey.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

The Marshall Caves.

There are also shackles used by the colonial masters on our forefathers during the slave trade era. The Wiki Warm Spring was another pleasant experience, because I had never set my eyes on a spring before. It was pure and clean, a fine specimen of the finest of waters. It’s impossible to describe the allure of the reserve to those who have not been there; but I can say that you’ll be thrilled when you visit. Also, visiting the Marshal Caves, where the early men lived was another mind blowing experience on its own. The caves, as small and as deep as they are, were very cold inside-out.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Wildlife inside the Yankari Game Reserve.

Adeniyi Philip: Going to Yankari Game Reserve was a dream come true. For so many years, I wanted to visit tourist attractions in Nigeria. Apart from seeing these places, It’s an opportunity to identify with the hidden treasures embedded in Nigeria, which have not been tapped into by the various state governments.

 

The opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat made me so happy. The Wikki warm spring added flavour to the visit as it was discovered that one could swim in water that is constantly warm anytime of the day. Visiting the museum was also a very memorable experience. Seeing guns and traps seized from poachers was fantastic. If I have an opportunity to visit again, I will lodge in the reserve’s nicely built chalets with my family. 

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Wildlife inside the Yankari Game Reserve.

Abel James: My visit to the reserve will forever remain etched in my mind. The whiff of the dry forest and other natural sights were too good to forget. The pageant of wild animals and nature, especially the bluish warm wiki spring, thrilled me on end: I swam like a toddler.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Nigerians on a safari inside the Yankari Game Reserve.

Miracle Umoh: It was an opportunity for me to go to Yankari Game Reserve and experience what most Nigerians travel outside the country to experience. We can have all the money in the world to throw around, but something is paramount here, which is to visit some extraordinary local places and see wonders of the world and the handiwork of God. YGR is one of those places one needs visit to appreciate God, the creator of the world. Truly, Yankari Game Reserve is a reserved place for all and sundry.

Why You Should Visit The Yankari Game Reserve

Pelu Awofeso for Naij.com

Pelu Awofeso is an award-winning travel journalist and blogger. Follow him on twitter @PeluAwofeso.

Tourism: Forget Dubai,London; visit Yankari — Bauchi gov

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Governor Mohammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi state, has urged tourists to visit the state, stressing that it is safe and boast of good facilities.

Governor Abubakar who took to his twitter handle (@GovMAA) called on Nigerians to holiday in Yankari, Bauchi state, as it is now too expensive to do so in Dubai and London at the prevailing exchange rates. The governor who posted scintillating pictures of the games reserve, caused a twitter storm. Most Nigerians applauded the idea including former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, and Senator Ben Murray Bruce. Others however, raised security concerns about visiting the North Eastern state.

The governor in subsequent tweets allayed any security fears, saying that Bauchi is not only safe and secure, the people are also peace loving and accommodating. He further stated that his administration will take advantage of the slump in international tourism to grow the local economy, and Yankari Games reserve remains pivotal to the growth of tourism.