Pendjari National Park

Pendjari National Park, Tanguieta: Hours, Address, Pendjari National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Pendjari National Park
4.5
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Nestled in the north west corner of Benin, Pendjari National Park span a vast 4,800 km2. Representing one of the last true wildernesses of West Africa, the park supports an astonishing array of flora and fauna: contributing to it being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. On seemingly endless savannahs, herds of herbivores graze under the watchful eye of lounging lions; while elephants and buffalo quench their thirst at tranquil pools, and an incredible variety of birdlife can be spotted amongst the trees. Pendjari’s spectacular landscape is also home to a number of species distinct to this region of Africa, providing visitors with a truly unique safari experience Pendjari is home to the region’s largest population of elephants and over 100 West African lions representing a 1/4 of all remaining members of this critically endangered subspecies. Pendjari also supports a wide range of other flora and fauna with more than 60 mamal, 360 birds, 50 reptile and 800 plant species
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Hans P
Bonn, Germany93 contributions
Safari and good accomodation inside the park
Apr. 2019 • Couples
African Parks did a lot to improve the living conditions of wild animals and of the tourists. The number of animals has grown, the illegal hunting was reduced, and the accomodation inside the park is - compared to former periods - quite comfortable. For West Africa, the Pendjari can serve as a model for other national parks.
Written 23 April 2019
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Antoine S. T
26 contributions
a roaring place
Apr. 2019 • Family
This park had been poorly managed by corrupt official in kahoots with poachers. The newly elected President of Bénin has established a collaborative arrangement with African Parks (headed by Prince Harry) and in 2 years a big difference is palpable. The animals feel safe and their numbers have been re-established.
Guides and safety measures have been applied and the Pendjari Park is now contributing to the rebirth of tourism in Bénin.
Written 17 April 2019
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_steph91986
Morgan Hill, CA231 contributions
A great west African park, corrupt park management
Feb. 2019 • Friends
This review is going to be a mixed bag. First, the park itself is very nice. It is one of the main West African game parks. Keep in mind that West African game parks are not your East African parks. With that in mind, it is a very nice park. There is high grass and a lot of bushes so it can make animals difficult to spot. The watering holes are very large and can be a good place to spot animals. We saw elephants, a lion, Buffalo, cob, wart hogs, hippos, crocodiles, many birds and many different antelope. It was a very nice addition to our itinerary to have a game drive in West Africa. The park itself gets 4 stars.

Unfortunately, the beauty of the park is completely lost to a corrupt management team and a park director. After we had hired a park guide who took us to a camp site we should not have been at, we encountered issues with the park director. It was all based off a misunderstanding and was truly an issue between our tour company and the park management. Regardless of the fact, the park director order we be held hostage and basically extorted €2000 from our group. If that wasn’t bad enough, he instructed the park guards to caulk and load their assault riffles and hold us at gun point. Holding 22 tourists of 9 nationalities at gun point in a National Park is probably not the best decision you can make. Especially when your park doesn’t get much business and you’re already in a questionable safety zone given the proximity to the Burkina Faso border. (Yes the embassy’s and the local police have been contacted and are pursuing the issue). For this reason alone, i would advise not to stay or visit this park if you are a foreigner. The safety concerns from the park management are not worth risking your life over or the beauty of the park. Until the management changes, I would recommend avoiding this park.
Written 24 February 2019
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Haelen
Voorburg, The Netherlands395 contributions
Great place to see lions and elephants
Feb. 2018 • Friends
This is one of the best parks in West Africa. We saw many lions, some of them just 3 meter away. There are plenty of elephants and baboons. There are no rhinos, giraffes or zebra's. We saw crocodiles, hippos and lots of birds.
Written 14 December 2018
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK650 contributions
Go in January/February if possible
Oct. 2018 • Friends
Visited in mid October. The park closes August and September and only reopens 15th October. This meant we visited right at the beginning of the season. We saw, in terms of animals, nothing of any particular note. Therefore in terms of my safari experiences, it wasn't so memorable.

However...

It was a very nice day out. Our guide (organised through Hotel Baobab in Tanguieta) was pleasant, friendly and informative and sitting up at the top of his 4x4 watching the, delightfully green, national park flash by was a delight. We stopped for a drink at Pendjari Lodge about half way through the day and that was also very nice with good views across Pendjari.

It costs 10000CFA to enter the park although the cost is reduced if you are either a student (5000CFA) or Beninese. The park is very well maintained and the roads were generally of very good quality. A 4x4 is necessary however as the road from Tanguieta to the entrance of the park would have been tough to manoeuvre on anything other.

Overall an extremely pleasant day out. If you want to see lions/elephants/cheetahs however, October is not the time. We were told December/January/February is the best time to visit.
Written 21 October 2018
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Luca R
50 contributions
Accessible and beautiful safari
Jun. 2018 • Friends
Having a few days off while I was in Cotonou, I decided to go on a two-day safari with a friend. The way to get to the park is as beautiful as the park itself: you cross one of the Atakora valleys, where everything is red and green, and where you can see very small villages of Beninois peasants.
We went to the park during rain season, which means fewer animals, but also fewer tourists: a part from us, there was just one family. I think this is what made our experience great. Apparently in February and March the hotel is always full.
We managed to see a lot of animals, hippos, elephants... the only one we didn't see was the lion. But we saw the leopard, which apparently is very rarely spotted.
Also, the guide we had, Youssef, was extremely nice.
I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.
Written 7 June 2018
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Gerson van Luijk
Rotterdam, The Netherlands338 contributions
Not the typical safari park
Nov. 2017 • Friends
Alright, we did not see the famous elephants here. And half the park was in ashes, black soils. We saw dozens of impala. We did also see two lions. The park is definitely not the standard safari park. But for that we did only see few other visitors and had a authentic feeling of nature in west africa. In the end it is definitely worth visiting.
Written 20 November 2017
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MarinaS4
Zurich, Switzerland63 contributions
Good, but not for experianced safari tourists
Dec. 2016 • Friends
As always in Africa, especially West Africa, just getting there is quite the adventure. The road leading up to the park bumpy, but gives a really nice view to all the little villages with the little round houses with straw rooftops. The locals are friendly and everyone was waving at us. Nice waterfall to see on the way. The NP itself doesn't have tons of people, a lot of places are burned down. We saw elephants, baboons, monkeys, crocodiles, hippos and some smaller animals. For everyone who was never on safari before it is really fun. But Pendjari can definitly not compete witht he big safari places like Tanzania or South Africa.
Written 20 August 2017
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Paccaud F
13 contributions
Raw nature and wildlife
Apr. 2017 • Family
Bordering Burkina Faso and accessible via rough tracks, the park is inhabited by many wild animals you may not be used to see often in Western Africa.
Due to the lack of funding and state support, the park sometimes looks a bit abandoned and the hotel Pendjari is not reviving the impression of recent investments in the region !
Still, with the help of a local guide, you can discover a fantastic piece of nature in a remote place with little human interference.
Great discovery !
Written 28 April 2017
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TheTravelPirate
Rochester, NY822 contributions
average safari
Feb. 2017 • Friends
I was there for three days in the dry season so shouldve seen a lot more animals than we did. Not up to par with anything in east africa or southern africa at all in terms of facilities.

Some of the animals I did see were lion, Antelope, Elephant, hippo, warthog, Cape buffalo but overall a little disappointing.

I recommend staying at the hotel inside the park not the lodge. The little french guy that runs the lodge is really rude and there is no choice at dinner. You get whatever is the "special" of the day. So if you are vegetarian and the main course is fried chicken, well enjoy the potatoes, enjoy them a lot!
Written 15 March 2017
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