The Parc National Du W Du Niger is a huge park of more than 9,000 square kilometres and is place on the Unesco World Heritage List. It is a cross border national park, shared by Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso. Although animal numbers are not huge, especially compared to its more famous brothers in the east and south of the continent, there is a wide variety of species indeed. You will definately see antelopes, buffalos, elephants, hippos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, baboons, Nile crocodiles, hyenas, jackals, warthogs and more than 300 species of bird live here as well. It mainly consists of dry savanna woodland which functions as a transition zone between the Sahel and the more humid savannas further south. The 'W' actually comes from the double bend in the Niger River at the norther border of this massive park. The entrace in Niger is at La Tapoa, about 145 kilometres from the capital Niamey and you will need a guide to get around.
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