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Parc National de la Pendjari

Address: Parc National de la Pendjari, Benin
Phone Number: +229 23 83 00 65
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Benin
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Holland, Michigan, United States
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our experience in the Pendjari National Park was absolutely fantastic! However, we believe the key to a really good experience is by obtaining a really good guide! We feel we would not have seen half of the animals without our guide. Alfred, the owner of Camp Numi outside of the Park, recommended a couple of guides and helped us secure... More 

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Tanguieta, Benin
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

A true gem in an area where wildlife and natural areas are rapidly disappearing. I've been twice, and both times have been wonderful - tons of elephants and ruminants, hippos, crocs, baboons and monkeys, warthogs, a honey badger, an small cat whose name I forget, 2 hyenas, and 11 lions (4 lionesses the first time, and 2 males, 4 females,... More 

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Natitingou, Benin
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I have been on several safaris in Africa (S. Africa, Uganda) and never have I been able to get as close to lions as at Parc Pendjari. For over an hour we watched them mate, eat a buffalo they had killed and then sit nuzzling each other, nose to nose. It was amazing! In all, there were eight lions circling... More 

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Binfield, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is our first safari experience, hence we might be overexcited about Pendjari, but I think it is really worth a visit. Even during Christmas holidays there were not too many tourists, so it is very tranquil and quiet with lots of opportunities to see the wildlife. we managed to spot lions, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, countless "gazelles" and a lot... More 

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Athens, Greece
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135 reviews 135 reviews
22 attraction reviews
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed in the park for 3 nights at the Pendjari Lodge. After getting the park experience, I can only say that 1 week is minimum time that you should spend in Pendjari park. It's a great place to take your time off, relax and get to know the nature as well as the wide spectrum of wildlife. Super recommended.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We spent 2 days and nights in the Pendjari hotel and park in February 2013. In only 2 days, we saw many elephants, buffalos, baboons, warthogs, antelopes, lots of birds, hippo's and crocodiles in this beautiful park. Our guide even managed to find us some lions, which are not so abundantly present. We saw a couple drive in the park... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were excited to visit Pendjari and compare it with other parks we have been to in Africa. We were extremely disappointed. We believe they must have poaching there as the game is very nervous. The park is surrounded by "transition" zones where hunting is allowed/encouraged. We did not see any fences between the park and the zones. We have... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Pendjari was very interesting! We saw all sorts of animals. Our guide was less than spectacularly helpful, but would answer questions if asked. I don't think he spoke much English, so a non French speaker might struggle to get a guide who can communicate. This was our first experience in an African game park so can't really compare it to... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We've been to Pendjari many times, and we continue to go back. It's certainly more rugged and less developed than the parks we visited in East Africa, but it preserved the feeling of being in the wild, and in the animals' territory better than said parks as well. The hotel within the park is rather bare, but fine, and the... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

the parc is very well organised, no mass tourism, well equiped and trained guides who are also drivers and will drive you safely through the parc. It is worthwile to stay some nights in the Pendjari hotel; outside the parc instead the TataSomba Hotel in Natitingou is absolutely recommendable with its quiet atmosphere and its professional and kind maitre d'hotel... More 

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