Welcome to Yankari National Park
The best time to see animals is from late December to late April, before the rains, when the thirsty animals congregate at the Gaji River. You're permitted to drive your own vehicle if you take a guide; otherwise, the park has a safari truck that takes two-hour tours (N300) at 7.30am and 3.30pm daily.
Yankari's other attraction is the Wikki Warm Spring, near the park campsite. The crystal-clear water is a constant 31°C, forming a lake 200m long and 10m wide. Bring your swimming gear – the spring is a real highlight and shouldn't be missed.
Set high above the spring, the Wikki Camp has chalets for rent (from N9000) and a serene view over the lush area. There's a decent restaurant and bar.
You can get to the park gate at Mainamaji by minibus from Bauchi (N600, five hours). After paying the entrance fee (N300), you'll need to arrange transport to the camp – around N3000 in a taxi or N1000 by okada.