We will find out if the tai national park is truly an eden.
03.12.2015 -50 °C
I had to take a boat from the main city Yamoussoukro all the way to Taï the country's biggest national park. It was quite a journey going on a speedboat all the way there, it made me feel alive. When I arrived after a 10 minute boat ride, I could smell something not very pleasant, some sort of animal excrement. I asked the guide what it was and surely enough it was elephant dung. He gave me a tour around the park and showed me some of the prettiest waterfalls and most exquisite animals I have ever seen, such as the pygmy hippo which is currently going extinct which is really sad. And I also saw some of the 11 different types of monkey's living there. It made thinks of how many hidden wonders the world still has, such as this one. The experience made me really think of how beautiful the world is and that it is unfortunate that many people don't get to visit these magical places. We traveled past many of the great lakes, we even got to swim in them which was really nice. The water was a bright blue color showing the pureness of it. We continued through the trek passing by vast savannah's filled with all kinds of African wildlife such as elephants lion's and giraffes.
The guide even let us come really close to the antelopes. The only issue with the time in the park is that it's really hot and humid, if you are not prepared to experience extreme heat and sunburns I wouldn't recommend going on this adventure. After the savannah we came across many big hills filled with endangered types of fauna and flora. I stopped and asked the guide if we could pick some of the flowers to smell. He told me we couldn't because this was a nature reserve and that they didn't want people to be tampering with nature, but even without sniffing them from close up you could really smell the lovely scent of typical garden flowers. We walked down a long road which lead us all the way back to the beginning of the trek.
I took some picture while I was one it and wanted to share them with you guys.
That was was going to the park by boat.
That was no a photo I took but rather a visual guide to know where it is.
That is a picture of one of the waterfalls.
In short the trek was around 3 hours long up hills and down streams. We also caught some river fish and ate that for lunch which a truly gratifying experience.
This park is one of the last major remnants of the primary tropical forest of West Africa. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1982 due to the breadth of its flora and fauna. The Tai Forest reserve was created in 1926 and promoted to National Park status in 1972. It was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and added to the list of Natural World Heritage Sites in 1982.
I thought that this park was a very fun experience for adventurers like me or anyone who just wants to have a nice time enjoying the park. This park could also be a good time for some kids, very beautiful animals and just a generally good time if you are with friends or family.