Hingol National Park of Baluchistan Province of Pakistan...
Hingol National Park of Baluchistan Province of Pakistan...

Hingol National Park, established in 1988 alongside the Makran coast in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan and covers an area of 6,100 square kilometres (2,400 sq mi) and lies within sections of Lasbela District, Gwadar District, and Awaran District. The Gulf of Oman of the Arabian Sea are to the south. The provincial capital of Quetta is approximately 717 km. The provincial capital of Sindh is 190 km to the southeast on the coast.

Hingol National Park also includes famous Kund Malir Beach and Princess of Hope. Tourists go to Kund Malir on weekends from Karachi and other areas of Sindh to explore the beach.

Hingol National Park contains a variety of topographical features and habitats, varying from arid subtropical forest in the north to arid montane in the west. Large areas of the park are covered with drift sand and can be classified as coastal semi desert. The park includes the estuary of the Hungol River which supports a significant diversity of bird and fish species. Some 250 plant species were recorded in the initial surveys including seven yet undescribed species. Many more species are yet to be collected.

Hingol National Park is known to support at least 35 species of mammals, 65 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 185 species of birds. The park forms an excellent habitat to wild Sindh ibex, Baluchistan urial, and chinkara gazelle. Ibex is found in all steep mountain ranges and are numerous in the Hinglaj and Rodani Kacho Mountain areas. The population is estimated over 3000.


Sindh leopard, Indian fox, Jungle cat, Pakistan sand cat, Striped hyena, Golden jackal, Sindh ibex, Urial, Chinkara, Honey badger, Indian pangolin, long-eared hedgehog, Indian crested porcupine, Indian gray mongoose, Cairo spiny mouse


Marsh crocodile, Olive ridley, Green sea turtle, Desert monitor, Yellow monitor, Indian fringe-fingered lizard, Indian sand-swimmer, Carrot-tail viper gecko and the Melanophidium bilineatum.


Houbara bustard, Spot-billed pelican, Dalmatian pelican, Bonelli's eagle, Imperial eagle, Golden eagle, Tawny eagle, Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Cinereous vulture, Laggar falcon, Red-necked falcon, Kestrel, Brown-necked raven, Lichtenstein's sandgrouse, Grey partridge, See-see partridge, Stone-curlew, Indian sandgrouse, Crowned sandgrouse, Painted sandgrouse, Eurasian stone-curlew, Eagle owl, Sind pied woodpecker, Hume's chat, Long-billed pipit, Striped buning, Finch-larks, Hoopoe, Shrike, Black bittern, Goliath heron, Black ibis, Wheatear, Amphibians, Skittering frog, Indus Valley toad.


Golden mahasheer, Botchee, Non-Living attractions, Princess of hope, The Balochistan sphinx

Conservation: There are 14 species of birds of special conservation interest on account of being threatened (as per IUCN Red List 2005), very rare or key species of the park;

Sociable lapwing (critically endangered), Saker falcon (endangered)), White-backed vulture (vulnerable), Spot-billed pelican (vulnerable), Dalmatian pelican (vulnerable), Eastern imperial eagle (vulnerable), Pallas's fish eagle (vulnerable), Houbara bustard (vulnerable), Black ibis (near-threatened), Black-tailed godwit (near-threatened), Sooty falcon (rare), Goliath heron (vagrant), Desert owl (confined to Makran Coast only), Brown fish owl (very rare).


According to independent reports, 20 staff members, 18 game watchers and 2 deputy rangers are responsible for the management of the park. They are under the guidance of the park manager, who reports to the conservator and the Secretary of Wildlife, Forest, Livestock, Environment and Tourism.