Ready to Meet the Buffaloes, a very robust species with height range from 1 to 1.7 m (3.3 to 5.6 ft) and its head-and-body length which can range from 1.7 to 3.4 m (5.6 to 11.2 ft). alongside the Chimpanzees (sometimes called chimps) in Nigeria’s largest national park, Gashaka-Gumti a remotest and least-explored part of the country.
Gashaka-Gumti National park with 6700-sq-km area contains rolling hills, savannah, montane forest – as wild and spectacular a corner of Africa as you could wish for. It also holds incredible diversity and is one of West Africa’s most important primate habitats, as well as supporting lions, elephants, hippos and buffaloes.
Located in the mountainous region of north-eastern Nigeria adjacent to the international border with Cameroon, and immediately to the north of Mambilla Plateau in Adamawa and Taraba States,
The park is home to a variety of animals including rare and elusive leopards, endangered elephants, lions, wild dogs, antelope, forest hogs, golden cats, as well as eight species of primate, including the chimpanzee, and many more. The park is also abundant with bird life, insects, aquatic life and reptiles.
In 2000, University College London founded the Gashaka Primate Project which aims to better understand the way primates interact with their natural environment. The project has lead to park protection, eco-tourism development and community outreach as well as developing the park infrastructure and biological research.
Gashaka sector of the park can be accessed through Katsina Ala-Takum-Bali-Serti –Bodel Gate and the other from Jalingo-Mutum Biyu-Bali-Serti-Bodel Gate, while the main access to Gumti sector is from Yola-Mayo Belwa-Ganye-Sugu-Toungo. The closest airport is at Yola. However, there is an airstrip for light aircraft in Serti, which could be used by visitors.