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  • Elephants in Pendjari Park
    Elephants in Pendjari Park
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  • Heron Flying over Mare Bali, Pendjari
    Heron Flying over Mare Bali, Pendjari
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  • Tanougou Waterfall
    Tanougou Waterfall
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    by janiebaxter Written May 10, 2009

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    The are many antelope in Pendjari Park.
    We saw a lot of herds of Roan Antelope which look a bit like horses with horns, Defassa Waterbuck by Mare Bali, Reedbuck and a duiker, which are quite small and difficult to see.
    The best places to see Antelope are by the Mares when they go to drink.

    Waterbuck in Pendjari Park Roan Antelope in Pendjari Park
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    by janiebaxter Written May 10, 2009

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    Lions, leopards and cheetah all live in the Pendjari Park. We saw Lions twice on our visit - one sighting each day. The first lion was stalking some antelope but suddenly stopped and roared, basically announcing its presence. We couldn't understand why it did this but then I thought I saw a hyena through the binoculars so maybe the lion was put off by it being there.
    Although there are quite a few cheetahs we didn't see one.
    We didn't see leopard either but they are very shy and difficult to see here.

    Lion in Pendjari Park
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    by janiebaxter Updated May 10, 2009

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    There are many crocodiles and hippos in the "Mares" in Pendjari park. You can sit in the shaded hide at Mare Bali and watch the hippos, which are usually lazing around in the water in the middle of the Mare.
    The crocodiles can be seen surfacing sometimes or basking at the edges of the Mare. They are quite small crocodiles - even so I wouldn't walk close the the edge of the Mare!

    Hippos in Pendjari Park Crocodiles in Pendjari Park
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    by janiebaxter Updated May 8, 2009

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    A 4WD vehicle is essential for travelling in the North of Benin if you want to see the Tata Sombas and the Pendjari National Park. Alex hired ours, called "The Red Elephant" after an incident with an elephant in Pendjari, with our driver in Cotonou and we had it for the whole trip until we swopped vehicles to go into Burkina Faso.
    Natitingou is a good place to hire 4WDs. There are many hire places and travel agents who can organise it for you in town. Alternatively, the Tata Somba Hotel can organise the vehicle and accomodation the Pendjari Park.
    The roads in both the Tata Sombas and Pendjari are not paved and are dirt roads which can get very muddy even in the dry season. If you try to go in anything other than a 4WD I'm sure you will get stuck, particularly in the wet season.

    Our 4WD -
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Tanguieta Warnings and Dangers

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    by janiebaxter Written May 8, 2009

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    You cannot use a flash when photographing the elephants in Pendjari Park - they don't like it at all and may charge the car. The elephants that we saw here are quite skittish and tetchy and very wary of the vehicle.
    Our 4WD was nicknamed "The Red Elephant" as on a previous trip a tourist's camera flashed and one of the elephants charged the car, leaving a big dent in the front wing. Needless to say the driver is now quite wary..............

    Elephants are quite tetchy in Pendjari
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