Are you looking for a place to spend quality time with your family and friends here in Nigeria? You should know that Africa's most popular country has sites that will make you swoon.
Below are a few of the many beautiful and pleasant tourist centres in Nigeria:
Yankari National Park is an environmentally friendly site located in Bauchi State. It has become the most developed and largest wildlife park in Nigeria, with a lot of attractions for visitors.
The park is well known for its availability of various animals for viewing round the year, making it the most popular destination for tourists in Nigeria.
It has played a very significant role in the development of tourism in Nigeria. The animals are better watched between the November and May period of the dry season when they converge around the Gaji River.
Baboons, waterbucks, elephants, crocodiles, bushbucks, duikers, warthogs, and hippopotamus are among the animals commonly seen at the park.
Zuma Rock is a perfect tourist attraction in Nigeria because of its serene atmosphere for picnicking and relaxation. It is situated along Kaduna Abuja highway, Niger State and is about 900 feet above the ground.
It is four times as high as Nigeria’s tallest building (the NECOM building), making it the tallest and largest rock in Nigeria.
It is generally believed that Zuma Rock possesses the most powerful spirits which render enemies powerless and provides the natives with a good hiding place.
Zuma Rock has become one the most recognisable in Nigeria and since 1999, it has been printed on Nigeria’s 100 naira note.
The name ‘‘Olumo Rock’’ comprises two words which are “olu” and “mo”. "Olu" means god while "mo" means mould.
It is traditionally believed that Olumo Rock was a natural shield for the “Egbas” during the inter-tribal conflict in the 19th century because it secured them when they needed protection during the war.
Therefore, the two words are translated as "God has ended our suffering".
According to history, the rock was discovered by a hunter named Adagba. It is located in the city of Abeokuta, Ogun State.
It is also considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria because of the fascinating things about it which include its height (137 metres above sea level).
Statutes of Egba past heroes and different symbols and logos of the Egba warriors like Ilesha Abi Agbongbakala, Agaba – the great hunter, Okonkenu – the first paramount ruler in Egba land, and Jagun Jagun – the sharpshooter and general in command can be found in Olumo Rock.
Also, during the rainy season, it is known that Olumo Rock produced water used by herbalists to cure diseases and sicknesses. However, it stopped producing such over 50 years ago.
Olumo Rock also symbolises unity and freedom among the “Egbas’’ and residents of Abeokuta
Obudu Mountain Resort, formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, is a well-known tourist attraction in Nigeria.
It was established in 1951 and is located in Cross River State about 45 miles from the border of Cameroon.
The ranch is characterised by a serene environment to suit all guests. Visitors also enjoy playing games like tennis, basketball, and horseback riding.
Other fascinating activities in Obudu Mountain Resort also include the Cameroon border view, Angel valley view, etc.
Erin Ijesha waterfalls, also known as Olumirin waterfalls, is situated in Osun State.
According to history, it was discovered by Akinla, the founder of Erin Ijesha town, a granddaughter to Oduduwa when the people of Ife migrated to Erin Ijesha.
The natives and residents of Erin Ijesha refer to the waterfall as a sacred place where their souls can be purified.
Festivals were also formerly celebrated at the site which is also a popular place for excursions for schools around the vicinity.
One of the many gifts of nature to Nigeria is the Erin Ijesha waterfalls. It has seven waterfalls. The first floor is usually less populated with water flowing down from above.
It is the favourite destination for people who with a phobia of heights and do not want to get involved in endurance tours.
The second level is the largest, with water flowing down from the top of the mountain from over 40 metres high. The third floor is one of the most difficult to climb because it has no waterfall; it is a rough path with no stairs. Climbing through the ridges is one of the hardest parts to get to the third floor.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth floors are not as challenging as the third, you just have to walk through to get to the top.
Conclusively, the seventh floor is the peak which is the most beautiful view of the Erin Ijesha waterfalls.
It is often said that there is no river that is as blue and clear as the Azumini river, that is why it is also known as “The Blue River’’.
The river is the most beautiful river in Nigeria, especially when the sun shines on it. It is located in Abia State
Crystal clear blue water, canoe rides, and canoe rides are a few of the attractive features of the Azumini river. Other relaxation activities include grilling barbeque and beach parties.
A list of the best travel destinations in Nigeria is incomplete without Ikogosi warm springs
It is a beautiful and pleasant tourist centre in Nigeria where warm and cold springs meet with both maintaining their individual temperatures. It is located in Ekiti State.
According to history, it is believed that the warm and cold water were wives of a man who turned into springs through magical powers after a long fight.
The troublesome wife became the warm water while the gentle wife became the cold water.
Another gift of nature at the Ikogosi warm spring is a well-designed trail that leads to the meeting point of the cold and warm water.
Written by Felicia Olamiji.
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