The Bandingilo National Park, sometimes spelled Badingilo, is located in South Sudan’s Equatoria region, within the states of Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria. It was established in 1992. Situated in a wooded area near the White Nile River, it is over 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) in size.
It contains large marshlands stretching up into Jonglei state. The park supports large bird populations. Though a major wildlife preserve, the park lies within a Total oil concession, potentially exposing it to surveying and drilling.
In the wet season April, May, June, July, August, September and October the herds are migrating into the park from the Boma National Park. The major animals that migrate into the park at this time are white-eared kob antelope, Tiang antelope, Mongalla gazelle and Elephant.The animals congregate in this park during the European Summer vacation time, making it an excellent time to see wildlife in South Sudan.
Bandingalo (also known as Bandingilo or Badingilo) National Park has changed size and absorbed Mongalla Game Reserve with changing requirements to preserve a larger area and protect the animals present. Roughly the park is now 8000 square kilometers (800,000 hectares or 1,976,000 acres) in size.
Being part of South Sudan’s protected areas, the Badingilo (Bandingilo National Park) supports some of the most important and spectacular wildlife populations in Africa. This park also hosts what is known to be the second largest wildlife immigration which involves various species of antelope like tiang, reedbuck as well as white-eared kob.
What is also interesting about the Badingilo is that it lies within a Total oil concession where it could potentially be exposed to drilling and surveying.