Korup National Park, Cameroon

Korup National Park is home to one of Africa’s oldest and greatly bio diversified rainforests offering holidaymakers an opportunity to see a wide range of primates such as the red eared monkeys, crowned monkeys, putty nosed monkey and the mona monkey among others..

This rain forest is one of the oldest forests in Africa probably 60 million year old. There are several species of plants, trees and shrubs in the forests. Statistics states more than 4509 herbs, 600 tree species and shrubs.

The forests are very ancient, rich in endemics, and highly diverse. The forest canopy is generally 15-25 m tall, with emergent up to 50 m tall. A typical large tree, second-most common in terms of basal area, is Lecomtedoxa klaineana with huge boles and impressive buttresses.

It is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 435 bird species, 170 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 140 kinds of fish. Some of the animals in the park include several species of primates such as chimpanzee, red capped mangabey, red-eared monkey, red colobus monkey, baboons and the endangered drill among others. Other mammals in the park include leopards, duikers, buffalos and elephants. Many of the species are under extinction and are threatened by poaching and other human activities.

Some of the birds in the park include brilliant blue-headed bee-eaters, long-tailed hawks, Sjostedt’s owlets, black guinea fowl among others.