“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa – for he has so much to look forward to. ”Richard Mullin
I will be advising 5 things to do in Nigeria without Sentiment nor emotional attachment. And Yes! that’s my country lol. Enjoy the read as I walk you through.
Nigeria is located in West Africa, sitting on the Gulf of Guinea, has a lot of natural landmarks, and wildlife reserves. The land (Nigeria) was discovered by a woman called Flora Shaw, hence, the use of ‘she’ whenever Nigeria is being addressed.
Here is the list of 5 places to visit in Nigeria.
Olumo Rock – Ogun State
Obudu Mountain Resort– formerly called Obudu Cattle Ranch – Cross River State
Yankari National Park-formerly called Yankari games reserve – Bauchi State
Ikogosi Warm Spring – Ekiti State
Erin Ijesha Waterfall – Osun state
And of course Lagos, for the city life
- Akwa Ibom international Stadium – Akwa Ibom
- Ile Oluji – Ondo State
1.Olumo Rock: Starting off with Olumo rock, it is located in the heart of Abeokuta, the state capital of Ogun State. The interesting history of Olumo Rock started off during the intercity wars. The indigenes of this city had settled under this rock during this time which in turn provided them protection. Olumo rock has since been called the monument of faith, unity source of strength and unfailing protection for Egba people. Egba people in this wise are known as the indigene.
Olumo Rock is 137 meters above sea level, has an elevator for individuals with rock climbing phobia, beautiful caves and lots of muster trees which has been persistently growing for over 200 years. It is a tourist attraction because of the structure of the rocks which has never been seen in the world. Also, the history makes it stand out of all rocks.
My experience when I visited: over 12 years ago, I had visited my sister who graduated from a university in this city. We visited with other few friends. It was a mind-blowing experience as we climbed the rock without the elevator. Matter fact, the elevator was yet to be installed. In all honesty, it is very scary climbing those rocks but worth every try.
2.Obudu Mountain Resort: Obudu Mountain Resort: As we all know, mountains are creations which brings beauty to our eyes. This mountain is not an exception. Located in Cross-River and was discovered by a Scottish man named M. McCaughey in 1949
McCaughey had camped on this mountain with his friend for a month and later felt the need to develop it as an attraction. Few features of Obudu Mountain include the use of cable cars to transport people around the mountain for sightseeing. Another is the Agbokim Waterfalls which is very close to the Mountains. Also, it might interest you to see what the border looks like since it shares borders with Cameroon. I’ve never visited Obudu Mountains but hope to do that soon.
3. Yankari National Park:
Yankari National Park: This is a place I have always wanted to visit but will insurgents in the North let us be great? I guess not soon since it has been a recurring situation for years. You want to see wildlife? this is a place to go. The park is filled with over 50 species such as African Buffalo, Olive Baboon, Antelope, Waterbuck, Cape bushbuck, Lions, Leopard, etc. This park happens to be one of the most popular Eco-destinations in West Africa which originally was created as a game reserve in 1956 (Before Independence). In 1991, it was designated as Nigeria’s biggest National Park. Another important point about this park is that, it has the highest number of elephant in West Africa with over 300 in 2005 according to Wikipedia . Although, as stated earlier about the insurgents in Northern part of Nigeria, this part of Bauchi has been said to be safe.
4. Ikogosi Warm Spring: Yay! Ikogosi Warm Spring is probably the most amazing place in the world. Ikogosi is a small town in Ekiti State Nigeria. Not only I am from Ekiti state but also from this small town where thousands of people all over the world visits to see the meeting point of the cold and warm water. It is so amazing you cannot figure out the science behind a flowing river with two significant temperatures. So basically, it is a clean and clear water which flows with a part of it been hot and the other, cold. At the meeting point, the sand tends to be a little different from the other. Isn’t God wonderful? It is however managed by the state government. Over the years, it has been referred to as a resort with hotels, restaurants, swimming pool and all other resort amenities. Water from this spring is safe to drink.
5. Erin Ijesa Waterfall has a beautiful history of the Yoruba tribe. It was discovered by one of the daughters of the then king of the Yoruba tribe (Oduduwa), in Osun state. Erin Ijesha is a seven-step waterfall, the awe-inspiring falls is an assemblage of seven distinct cascades located on the south-western slopes of the lush Effon Ridge, in Erin-Ijesha town, Osun state Nigeria. It is an eye-catch for every traveler along the Ilesa-Akure Highway, as it towers into the distant skyline, forming a spectacular backrest for the sleepy towns of Erin-Oke, Erin-Ijesha and Erinmo. It’s believed by people of Erin-Ijesha that the waterfalls exude from a big pot located at the top of the ridge. Did I mention it has 7 steps, the 7th floor has the pot? Getting to the topmost would be an adventure and you should give it a try.
6. PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!
Although, there are tourist attractions in Lagos such as the Banditry slavery museum, African Shrine, Nike Art exhibition, etc. which will be another Write up entirely.
Below are few extras you should research:
Akwa Ibom international Stadium – The only international standard stadium in Nigeria with over 30,000 capacities
Ile Oluji – this is a small town in Ondo State where cocoa was first discovered. Till date the town still produces raw cocoa which is one of the best in the world. Nigeria ranks number 4 in cocoa production. Safe to remind us Chocolate is made out of cocoa seed? haha!