About Bauchi State

Bauchi, usually referred to as Bauchi State to distinguish it from the city of Bauchi, is a state in Northern Nigeria.

Its capital is the city of Bauchi. The state was formed in 1976 when the former North-Eastern State was broken up. It originally included the area now in Gombe State, which became a distinct state in 1996.

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The Yankari Resort and Safari is situated about 115km south-east of Bauchi Town in Alkaleri Local Government.

Its attractions include a wide variety of animals including the African Bush Elephant, olive baboon, patas monkey, lions, the African buffalo, and Hippopotamus, among others. There is also the Wikki natural warm spring with excellent bathing facilities, Marshall Cave and fish ponds.

Yankari Game Reserve, although located in Bauchi, is one of Nigeria’s landmark tourist locations. The Park is reputed to be the first of its kind in West Africa and attracts visitors/tourists from different parts of the world.

Sumu Wildlife Park is located in Ganjuwa Local Government, Bauchi State.

In order to regenerate and further boost animal population in the reserve, the state government received about 300 animals of 6 different species from Namibia which included Giraffe, Eland, Kudu, Impala and Zebra.

These formed the foundation for the establishment of the 8 square kilometre Sumu Wildlife Park within Lame Burra Game reserve in order to allow the animals to acclimatize to their new environment under close watch.

The tomb of the late Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, is located along the Ran Road in Bauchi.

Balewa was famously assassinated in the 1966 coup that led to the Nigeria civil war. With a large tower-like structure in front of it, it is indeed a sight to behold. It is also a museum which houses the personal effects of the late Balewa, including his wrist watch, radio and cap, displayed in glass cases.

Some visitors pray at the tomb. Cameras are allowed.

About | Bauchi State

T he State has over 55 ethnic groups. Though these different ethnic groups have their own languages, customs, historical background, festivals, occupational patterns and beliefs, the peaceful co-existence with each other clearly demonstrates the unity in diversity of the people of the State.

The State is blessed with a number of mineral resources like Cassilerite Limestone, Kaolin, Gypsum, Antimony, Iron Ore, Gold, Marble, Columbite and Zinc. Noticeable deposits of Petroleum related resources have also been discovered, while precious stones like Sulphur, Amities and Aquamarine are also available.

His Excellency (Barr.) Mohammad Abdullahi Abubakar