When it comes to safari star power, the great national parks and reserves of southern and eastern Africa – Kruger, Serengeti, Maasai Mara – tend to hog the headlines. But Pendjari National Park is building a compelling case to head west. Its shrub-covered landscape, dotted with hippo-filled lakes, is home to a quarter of the remaining critically endangered West African lions and the largest elephant population in the region, plus buffaloes, leopards and more than 460 bird species. Pendjari is a ‘conservation stronghold’, says Dave Wilson, the organisation’s head of commercial development, and the aim is ‘to realise its potential as an exceptional West African wildlife destination’. Now read:Incredible safari lodges in South AfricaIncredible safari lodges in South Africa Safari Incredible safari lodges in South AfricaWhy you should be seeking out black-owned safari campsAdvertisementWhy you should be seeking out black-owned safari camps Inspiration Why you should be seeking out black-owned safari campsIs it possible to go on safari sustainably?