Niokolo-Koba National Park (1981)

Back to index

Located in a well-watered area along the banks of the Gambia river, the gallery forests and savannahs of Niokolo-Koba National Park have a very rich fauna, among them Derby elands (largest of the antelopes), chimpanzees, lions, leopards and a large population of elephants, as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

Senegal 1960. Giant Eland. Senegal 1960. Roan Antelope.
  • Senegal 1960. Giant Eland. 

  • Senegal 1960. Roan Antelope. 

Senegal 1960. (Top middle) Savannah Buffalo.
Senegal 1960. (Bottom middle) Bushbuck.
Senegal 1960. Warthog. Senegal 1960. Defassa Waterbuck.
  • Senegal 1960. Warthog. 

  • Senegal 1960. Defassa Waterbuck. 

The Niokolo Koba Park is an international biosphere reserve. It counts 350 bird species and 80 mammal species such as lions, leopards, elephants, antelopes, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, buffaloes, hippopotamus, and crocodiles. 

Senegal 2002. Gorillas. Senegal 2002. Giraffes.   Senegal 2002. Ostrich and Tortoise.

Senegal 2002. White Rhinoceros.

The Niokolo Koba Park extends on about 900.000 hectares of land. It presents varied ecosystems and almost all the plant and animal species of the West African savannahs. The landscape is rather flat with only a few hills like the Assirik (311 m of altitude). The Niokolo Koba Park is watered by the Gambia River and its two affluents, the Niokolo Koba and the Koulountou. The vegetation is diversified: savannah, forests, lakes and marshes. 

  • Senegal 2002. Gorillas. 

  • Senegal 2002. Giraffes. 

  • Senegal 2002. Ostrich and Tortoise. 

  • Senegal 2002. White Rhinoceros. 

Sources and links: 

Other World Heritage Sites in Senegal (on this web site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Senegal section, for further information on the individual properties. 

Back to index

Revised 20 jul 2006  
Copyright © 1999 Heindorffhus 
All Rights Reserved