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The Outamba-Kilimi National Park

Outamba-Kilimi National Park, Freetown is one of the most well-known and frequently visited sites in this part of Sierra Leone. Outamba-Kilimi is the only extensive area of savanna woodland and grass savanna, which is under protection in Sierra Leone. The Outamba-Kilimi National Park, Freetown is an attraction for its chimpanzee population and its considerable potential for ecotourism and educational purposes and must be included in your itinerary for Freetown tours. The Outamba-Kilimi National Park is located in the extreme north, approximately 296 km north of Freetown.


The Outamba-Kilimi National Park, Freetown consists of two areas - Outamba, which covers 74,100 ha, and Kilimi that are spread across a total area of 36,800 ha. The vegetation consists of grassland, closed woodland and gallery forest. Outamba has a predominance of tall grasses, woodland and closed canopy forest at places while Kilimi has more grassland and more open woodland. Also, there are traces of Raffia swamp vegetation and riverine grassland in both areas. Outamba also has a perennial lake, Lake Idrissa. The several streams of the region flow into large rivers like the Mongo and Little Scarcies at Outamba and the Great Scarcies at Kilimi.


The total number of bird species recorded in The Outamba-Kilimi National Park, Freetown is 220. 11 of these species are dependent on the Guinea-Sudan savanna biome in Sierra Leone. There are 4 species, which are of global conservation concern, and one of these is Pallid Harrier, a rare migrant. Wintering plovers, sandpipers, herons and egrets can be found around the Lake Idrissa and river courses region. This area is also visited by thousands of Cattle Egrets.


There are nine species of primates found in The Outamba-Kilimi National Park in Freetown. Among them, four species are threatened and these are Western Chimpanzee, Red Colobus Monkey, Black and White Colobus Monkey and Sooty Mangabey. A small population of Western Elephant can be spotted in Outamba. Other large mammals include Leopard, Pigmy Hippopotamus, Water Chevrotain, Maxwell Duiker and Savanna Buffalo.

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