"Ad Dindar Game reserve" Ad Dindar by uglyscot
Ad Dindar Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 3 photos
Dinder is an area near Damazine ,where there is a village of that name. But there is also the more famous Dinder national park.
The area was reserved as a protected reserve in 1935.
Rules and regulations change in Sudan, but some years ago it was possible to visit and stay in the park. Perhaps this will be possible again now that there is peace.
The park, when we were there in the 1980s, offered wild nature and a rich animal life. But conditions are difficult , and locals as well as poachers have decimated the animal population.
We drove from Sennar to Dinder in a Land Rover, open backed to pile on our supplies and mattresses. My mother ,who had been sent to try and cure her bad neck, sat with me,my youngest child and the driver in front. My husband and the other two clung onto the ropes while perched on the mattresses. At one point when my son was not feeling well, I changed places, and you had to hold on tight to the ropes so as not to be thrown off.
We stayed with the park rangers in straw huts. Taking a shower behind a straw screen was an experience.
A guide took us out three times a day- very early morning, afternoon and early evening.
We bounced around in the Land Rover up and down dry river beds, among tall elephant grass, dom palms and other vegetation. We saw giraffes walking so gracefully among the trees, monkeys and baboons in family groups, different types of gazelle, and herds of water buffalo. The highlight of our trip was when a lion and the buffalo met. The buffalo must have scented him and turned en masse in his direction. The two parties faced each other from a distance, the buffalo becoming more agitated, until the lion realizing he was outnumbered loped off.
As well as the animals there were ostriches guinea fowl and other birds. The trips were aimed at seeing the animals when they were most active, and we were not disappointed.
Even just driving through the elephant grass, dom palms and nebaq trees [Zizyphus spina christi] was a joy, but driving down into the dry river beds was a bit scary. We were able sometimes to stop and pick nabaq from the trees to eat.
In the rainy season the park is closed. It is then that elephants are likely to be enter the park.
In 2009 there is a crisis because of the poor rainy season , which means herders will enter the park to graze their cattle.
- Pros:interesting to see animals in natural environment
The road from Sennar where we were living at the time to Dinder was on rough roads, so we travelled by Land Rover. A 4x4... more travel advice
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