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Location: Northwest of Benin Map

Area: 2755 km²

Pendjari National Park

Pendjari National Park






Description of Pendjari National Park


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 antelopes.

Up to 6,000 foreign tourists visit the Panjari National Park every year.





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