5 Of Africa's Best National Parks
Iona National Park, Angola
It is the largest national park in Angola, located in Namibe Province, southwest of the country. It became a national park in 1964 which forms part of the northern Namib desert, the only true desert in Southern Africa due to its distinctive habitat and climate. Iona national park is characterized as having a wild dunes, vast plains, rough mountains and cliffs in topography.In Iona, there are various types of wildlife and epidemic animals, predominantly reptiles. The endemics include two lizards, three geckos, and three skinks. Some of the wildlife there are ostrich, kudu, gazelle, cheetah and mountain zebra. One of the oldest living (Welwitschia Mirabilis) plant is also found in the park.
Pendjari National Park, Benin
This is a beautiful park located in north-west of Benin. It became a National Park in 1961. Pendjari National Park is one of the most interesting parks in West Africa. Known for its wildlife and birds, it serves as the home for the African elephant. It also serves as an important refuge for buffalo, hippopotamuses and West African lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, various antelopes and many different birds. It is bounded on three sides by Pendjari River and forms the international border with Burkina Faso along the park’s northern edge. The park includes both Sudan and Northern Guinea savannas, with areas of grassland dominated by Acacia sieberiana and Mitragyna inermis or Terminalia macropter.
Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria
Gashaka Gumti National Park Nigeria’s largest national park. It lies in the mountainous north-eastern border of Cameroon. In this park, some of the world’s most rare and endangered species including the beautiful black-and-white Colobus Monkey can be found there. In the north Gumti sector the land is relatively flat and covered with woodlands that house buffalos, lions, elephants and waterbuck. While the mountainous southern region is covered by vast rainforest that contains many species including leopards, chimpanzees and golden cats. Other than the wildlife there is also a very interesting German fort that was built during the war in 1918.
Belezma National Park, Algeria
It is one of the most important national parks in Algeria and it is located in Batna Province, northern Algeria. It has north African landscapes and a remote archaeological sites. It homes some extraordinary species of wildlife and plants. Some of the animals are gazelles, including endangered species, Barbary sheep. The park includes the caves of Jijel, in addition to sand beaches and manycliffs and grottoes.
Akanda National Park, Gabon
Akanda National Park was set up in 2002 by President Omar Bongo and its one of 13 National Parks in Gabon. It is located in the northeast of the country. The park is designed to encourage tourism and biodiversity of the country. Akanda National Park has mainly mangrove and tidal beach habitats. It is an important internationally site and is home to the largest populations of migratory birds in Gabon.