Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria is one of the largest parks in Nigeria. The merger of Zugurma game reserves and Borgue, created the park in 1979, covering an area of 5340km².
The Park is a typical inselberg landscape with round hills wide pediments/plains separating them and incised river channels slopping down towards the River Niger valley.
The Park houses a lot of wildlife like elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelope, hunting dogs, hippos, Patas, monkey, lion, python, Nile crocodile, leopard, hyena, buffalo, kob, cobra, green snake, bushbuck, tilapia, mountain reedbuck, red flanked duiker, oribi, Grimm’s duiker, warthog, mongoose, stone partridge, snakehead, Hadada ibis, Bee-eaters, electric catfish clawless otters, hartebeest, turtles, manatees, roan goanna, baboons, antelopes, kob, ape, Ducker, crocodile, and so many others.
There are varieties of bird species which are approximately 180 species of birds have been recorded. These include Secretary Bird, Ground Hornbill, jugglers, oriole warbler, great white pelicans, and other rare pale arctic migrants.
There are two rivers in the park namely, Oli Menei, Doro, and Manyara Rivers”
Size of Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
Kainji Lake National Park (KLNP) was the first National Park to be established among the eight that are currently present in Nigeria. The Park covers an area of 5,340.82 km2 and is comprised of two sectors, Borgu and Zugurma.
Location of Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
Kainji National Park is a national park in Niger State and Kwara State, Nigeria. Established in 1978, it covers an area of about 5,341 km2 (2,062 sq mi). The park includes three distinct sectors a part of the Kainji Lake in which is home to Hippos.
How to get to Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
Kainji Lake National Park is located in the northwest central part of the country between latitude 9°40’N and 10°30’N and longitude 3°30’E and 5°50’E in Niger and Kwara states,500km from Lagos and 385 km northeast of Abuja.
Things to do in Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
At Kainji Lake National Park, you can enjoy conservation-education-lectures, easy housing, and restaurant, boating on the Lake plus a tour of the Hydropower station, a tour of cultural places, fishing, camping facilities, and indoor games. There are two rivers in the park namely, Oli Menei, Doro, and Manyara Rivers.
When to visit Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
The Climate exhibits wet and dry seasons from April to November and November to April respectively. The mean annual rainfall is 1100 to 1200mm about 200 days.
Where to stay in Kainji Lake National Park Nigeria
Clients can stay at the Kainji parkway hotel which is more convenient while doing activities in the park.