Pendjari National Park situated in the Northwest corner of Benin.
Pendjari National Park gets its name from Pendjari River. National
park protects the delicate biosphere of the river along with
watershed are of about 2755 km². It is home to various species of
antelopes, hartebeests, West African Lions, buffalos and
hippopotamuses and many other animals.
The Penjari Nature Reserve was founded in 1954, in
1961 it received the status of a National Park, and in 1986 it was
declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the north-west
of Benin, between the Atacor Mountains and the border with Burkina
Faso, in the basin of the Penjari River, at an altitude of 100 to
500 meters above sea level. In the immediate vicinity are Arly
National Park, Reserve Partiel de Pama (both in Burkina Faso), as
well as W National Park (covering parts of the territories of Benin,
Burkina Faso and Niger).
Penjari National Park covers an area
of 2755 km². Natural landscape - wooded savannah, swampy and
grassy meadows. About 1,000 mm of rain falls annually on average
here. The pride of the reserve is the cheetah population protected
here. In addition, in a significant amount in Penjari you can see
lions, elephants, hyenas, leopards, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles,
pythons, Nile monitor lizards, water goats and various types of
Up to 6,000 foreign tourists visit the Panjari
National Park every year.