Bamingui-Bangoran National Park

Bamingui-Bangoran National Park is part of the complex of nature reserves and protected areas found in the northern part of Central African Republic. The complex includes Vassolo-Bolonature reserve, Sangba River and the faunal reserves which lie near the border with Chad.

The park lies on a plateau height of 400-500m above sea level with several perennial rivers and water streams such as Bamingui rive flowing into Chari River. The vegetation is mainly savannah woodlands of dry deciduous tree occupying much of the northern part of the park. Other tree species in the riparian forest are identified with Cono-Guinea forest especially in the southern part of the park. Part of Baningui river bank is a seasonal swamp and pond. In the south and eastern part of the park are granite inselbergs and lightly sparsed woodlands.

Wildlife

The park is also the under a protected area of UNESCO MAB biosphere reserve covering more than 1200sq kilometers. This site is also an important bird area in CAR with more than 350 recorded species of birds of which 250 are resident in the area. Notable species include Heuglin’s Francolin, wood dove, fox kestrel, western bronze napped pigeon, Guinea Turaco, eagle-owl, lovebird, cuckoo, bee eater, blue bellied roller, African pied hornbill, barbet, woodpecker, paradise birds and sunbirds among many others.

Some of the mammals in the park include the leopard, African wild dog, cheetah, lion, antelopes, African manatee and many others. There are also more than 15 species of amphibians in the park.  This park is recorded to have a larger population of wild animals than the other national parks in Central African Republic

Travel

This park is found in the central part of northern CAR near the town of Ndele and bordered to the west by Chad. The rainy season is May to October for the southern areas of the park while June to September is the wet season in the northern areas.

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