The Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary in Kiphire district is ideal for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts. The sanctuary is considered to be an abode for many wildlife animals such as leopards, tigers, wild buffaloes, hoolock gibbons and mithun. Hornbill, the most popular bird in Nagaland is also abundantly found in the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.
The wildlife sanctuary is spread over 642 hectares. It was established in the year 1983, and it lies along the international border with Myanmar. The sanctuary is not only an abode for animals, but abundant flora to be found here too.
The important trees to be found here are Bogipoma, Bonsum, Khasi Pine, Amari, Oaks, Gamari, Nahor, Uriam, Hollock, Alder, Sasi and Kachnar. Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary is located in such a geographic location that it receives high rainfall facilitating the growth of abundant flora. The nearest airport to the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary is Dimapur from where easy road transports can be availed.
On the outskirts of the Kiphire town is the village of Kisatong, which is one of the places you must visit when you visit this part of Nagaland. The village which is inhabited by the Sangtam tribe is located on a very high hilltop from where you can get a mesmerizing view of the valley below.
You will feel heavenly as if Mother Nature has taken you in her lap. In foggy winter morning, this is the place to be if you are touring this part of Nagaland. Another prime attraction here are the flocks of migratory birds which come here during the winter months to escape the harsh cold of Central Asia.
It is a paradise for any nature lover as you can come across different species of birds such as the endangered Amur Falcon which make a stopover in this place on their route from Siberia to Africa.