Getting to Yankari Game Reserve

Yankari Game Reserve is a large wildlife park located in Bauchi State, in 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 Bauchi State Government.

What is the Best Time To Visit Yankari Game Reserve?

The best time to have the full experience of Yankari is during the dry season with warmer temperature, typically between October and May. This allows you to see a wider range of animals during the safari

How To Get To Yankari Game Reserve

There’s a  direct flight from Lagos and Abuja to Bauchi State, from where you can get a Bus to Yankari. When you arrive in Bauchi, take a bus that is going straight to Yankari, it costs about N5,000 for a chartered vehicle to the reserve. The distance between Bauchi to Yankari is 110km about 1 hour.

The entrance gate is located in Mainamaji Village, 69km from Bauchi, and from the reserve entrance you drive 43km to Wikki Camp.

Things To Do At Yankari Game Reserve

1. Safari Game Viewing

Yankari Game Reserve is an important refuge for over 50 mammal species including African bush elephant, olive baboon, patas monkey, Tantalus monkey, roan antelope, western hartebeest, West African lion, African buffalo, waterbuck, bushbuck and hippopotamus.

There are also over 350 species of bird found in the park. Of these, 130 are resident, 50 are Palearctic migrants and the rest are intra-African migrants that move locally within Nigeria. These birds include the saddle-billed stork, guinea fowl, grey hornbill, and the cattle egret

2. Visit Dukkey Wells, Marshall Caves & Anfara iron Smelting Site.

  • Dukkey Wells – 139 wells with interconnecting shafts representing an elaborate water storage system.
  • Marshall Caves – 59 dwelling caves dug into sandstone escarpments, which were discovered by P.J. Marshall in 1980. There are rock paintings and engravings in zig-zag form and in straight lines.
  • Tunga Dutse – a rock with more elaborate engravings than the Marshall caves. Legible writings cover an area on the sandstone rock embankment of about 4m in length in Dwall River. The writings are legible. However, their age and meanings have not been determined
  • Iron Smelting – the shau shau iron smelting works has about 60 standing shaft furnaces, which are believed to be the largest historical industrial complex of its time in the West Africa Sub-region

3. Swim at Wikki Warm Spring

The Wikki Warm Spring is the largest spring and is about 13.0 metres wide and 1.9 metres deep. It daily flows 21,000,000 litres of clear, spring water into the Gaji river. The spring has a constant temperature of 31.1 °C through the year during both day and night and has been developed for recreation.

The other warm water springs are Dimmil, Gwana, and Mawulgo springs. A fifth spring, Tungan Maliki, is the only cool spring in the park.

4. Enjoy sports

Enjoy sporting activities at Yanakri game reserve.

5. Museum

The museum in the camp is well stocked with a variety of skins, tusks, bones and fully mounted stuffed game from the park. It is educational while also acting as a conservation centre, displaying hunting gear and traps taken from poachers.

6. Go Sightseeing

For lovers of nature, go on a sightseeing adventure at the Yankari Game Reserve. You will have an astonishing time enjoying the reserve ecotourism ambiance and wild animals roaming in the environment.

7. Have A Meal at the Restaurant

The restaurant cater to the diet needs of tourists. The Restaurants and Bar would sure treat you to their delicately prepared local and international dishes. Tourists can either decide to eat at the indoor restaurant or eat at their rooms.

How much will a Visit To Yankari Game Reserve Cost?

  • Reserve entry and access to wikki warm spring: N2,000 per adult and N800 per children/student.
  • Accommodation ranges from N1,800 per bed space for student and N9,500 for studio suite to N236,000 for corporate villa per night.
  • Feeding in Yankari varies from 1,000 per meal and more for banquet.
  • Safari Game Viewing is at N6,000 for chartered vehicle for student and N8,000 for non-students

Room Rates At Yankari

CATEGORIESPRICES (N)
Studio Suite9,500 per night
Luxury Double14,200 per night
V.I.P Suite23,600 per night
Marshall Suite60,000 per night
Corporate Villa(Complete)236,000 per night
Student Hostel (Per Bed space, Available to students only)1,800 per night

*Please bear in mind that these prices are subject to change.