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The Kainji Dam and Borgu Reserve
« on: November 19, 2016, 11:10:04 PM »
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  • Kainji Dam/Borgu Reserve


    The Lake Kainji National park consist
    of 2 separate parts: the Zurgurma sector to the south-east in Niger State whose chalets and the Borgu Game Reserve, west of lake Kanji and the Dam, which has accommodation for visitors.

    Tourist sites


    a.   Kainji Dam.
    In 1958, Balfour Beatty, a British Company, was commissioned to look into the feasibility of a dam on the Niger. In 1964, the dam was started. The project was estimated to cost about E173 million. The dam itself was built by the Italians with British, Australian, Swedish and Italian electrical equipment. There are 4 sections to the dam. The principal section is concrete, 5,486m long with a height of 65.5m. The generators were designed to produce 880 mega watts of power. Unfortunately, it has not succeeded in achieving this for many reasons, including lack of water. The artificial lake covers Old Bussa where mungo Park, the explorer, was said to have come to grief in 1805. But the scene of the accident is no longer visible. The lake is 136 km long. Tours of the dam are available on request from the Niger Electric Power Authority (NEPA). Boat trips on the lake can be arranged by the Borgu Game Reserve office at Wawa. However, it is expensive unless there are several visitors to share the cost, and the road to the embarkation points is not good. Fishing is allowed on the lake.





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    The Kainji Dam and Borgu Reserve
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    Re: The Kainji Dam and Borgu Reserve
    « Reply #1 on: November 19, 2016, 11:11:51 PM »
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  • b.   Borgu Sector of Lake Kainji National Park. The park was set up as a federal Game Reserve in 1979. It is 950 sq km and is one of the largest in west Africa. The area was uninhabited and the idea for the reserve was conceived in 1960. It is in the northern guinea vegetation zone which is characterized by tall grasses and savanna woodland. The reserve still has a reasonable animal population including antelope (kobo), lion, hippopotamous , buffalo, roan antelope, jackal, baboon, monkey and crocodile but the elephants appear to have left the reserve. The reserve is open from December to June and the best time to visit is at the end of the dry season when the grass has died down and the animals have moved to closer to the water. There is always the risk of harmattan from December to mid-February but this should not put you off.

     The best times for game viewing are in the early morning or evening, and trips can be arranged
       From 6.00 am either in the park vehicles or your own vehicle. Bird life is abundant, especially
      the river, but animals are less often seen than at Yankari game reserves.
      Visitors should call at the Wawa Game Warden’s office (18 km from New Bussa) to be briefed
       and to book a game guide. The entrance to the reserve is approximately 30 km from Wawa along a
     laterite road, and the Oli River Camp is a further 50 km from the entrance.

    c.   Wildelife Trophies Museum/Restaurant. This is at the office premises at Wawa. The museum is small but may be worth a visit, especially for children. The restaurant serves local food, soft-drinks and beer. Game reserve T-shirts are on sale in the shop.

    d.   Uwuru Rapids
    . The Uwuru Rapids were on the Niger River south of the dam, but are now covered by water as a result of the jebba Dam.

    Other tourist sites
    You may wish to explore further north from Wawa towards Yelwa and the Niger ferry to the north of the kainjin Lake. There are various kamberi villages along the route, which have interesting markets on different days of the week. The road is laterite and badly corrugated.

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