If lions, elephants, antelopes, baboons, and hippos aren't enough for you... how about giraffes? Although giraffes are still common in East Africa, they have nearly been wiped out from West Africa. The only remaining wild giraffes live near Niamey, Niger, outside the park boundary at Kouré. They were featured in the November 2008 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.
South of Pendjari, the Tanougou Waterfall is a lovely stop. A stream pours over a cliff in the Atakoara Escarpment in a dramatic waterfall, even in the dry season. The pool at the base is cool and refreshing, and because it is so close to the spring the water is safe for a swim. Sleep in a private hut with ceiling fan.
The Gobnangou Escarpment runs east-west in southeastern Burkina Faso, much of it along the road between W and Arly. One of the highest parts of the very flat country, it has distinctive flora and fauna as well as geology. Abstract of research on the Gobnangou Escarpment
Ecotourism is also being developed outside the parks in northern Benin. Community tourism site
In addition to these sites immediately adjacent to the WAP parks, the national tourism websites and printed guidebooks listed in Resources have many more!