In Nigeria, we are blessed with beauty so it wouldn’t be remiss of me to say, we have amazing and beautiful natural tourist sites and destinations that represents our culture and history, and we are indeed proud to share these stories. We have over 20 Tourist destinations but i’ll be listing the Top 5 that are most popular to tourists both, local and international. Enjoy…
YANKARI NATIONAL PARK
Yankari National Park is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It is also one of the most popular eco-destinations in West Africa. It is surrounded by beautiful geographical features like, Kalban Hill, Kariyo Hill, Paliyaram Hill and, Tonlong Gorge. It also boasts of tourist facilities like, The “Wikki Camp”, which is the tourist centre of the park; also named after the Wikki warm spring, which is open for 24 hours swimming daily. There are 110 furnished chalets with varying size and quality. The camp also, provides a restaurant, bar and conference centre; and daily safari trips.
Olumo Rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria, West Africa, sits in the ancient city center of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock”. Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the Egba people who found refuge at the Olumo rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock provided sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance leading to eventual triumph in war. New renovations completed early 2006 upgraded the infrastructure of the site to include a new museum, restaurants, water fountain and an elevator that will provide even the climbing-challenged a wonderful view of the surrounding city. It is often helpful to enlist the services of a guide who possess vast knowledge of the history of the rock and the culture of the people. This makes for an interesting climb as every twist and turn will reveal a significant story making the trip a truly memorable one. On the way back down the rock, the sight of the Ogun River running like a silver chain amidst a forest of aged red corrugated roofs bordered by thick green forests which melt into the horizon is breathtaking.
OBUDU CATTLE RANCH
Obudu Plateau is a plateau found on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountain Range, in Cross River state, in the southeast of Nigeria. The plateau is found in Obanliku Local Government Area of the Cross river state. The plateau extends towards Nigeria’s south-eastern border. The Plateau is home to a cattle ranch popularly known as the Obudu Cattle Ranch. The ranch is approximately 65 km from Obudu town, in the north-eastern part of Cross River State. The plateau has a tourist lodge, built at an altitude of about 1600 metres above sea level. A cable car transport network takes visitors from the foot of the mountain to the top of the plateau. An air strip is located at the foot of the plateau for visitors reaching the plateau by air from other parts of the world.
IKOGOSI WARM SPRING
In the heart of Ikogosi, a small, quiet town with rich, local customs, in the Western part of Ekiti State (Ekiti Tourism Corridor), lies a warm spring which has now catapulted Ikogosi-Ekiti to national and international limelight. What is mysterious about the Ikogosi Warm Spring is the fact that, flowing side by side the warm spring, is another spring, a cold one. According to experts, it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation and this Ekiti flagship tourist destination is said to be the only one of its kind discovered anywhere in the world. In order to give tourists and visitors a long-lasting experience, a well-landscaped 116-hectare resort is located around the warm spring at Ikogosi-Ekiti. The resort has one (1) Executive VIP chalet, three (3) VIP villas, twelve (12) western suites, seventy-five (75) standard rooms of different styles, themes and offerings and seven support staff quarters. All accommodation facilities are currently undergoing redevelopment to turn the place to an international standard resort.
OSUN SACRED GROVE
The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria. Regarded as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheons of Yoruba gods, the landscape of the grove and its meandering river is dotted with sanctuaries and shrines, sculptures and art works in honour of Osun and other deities. The sacred grove, which is now seen as a symbol of identity for all Yoruba people, is probably the last in Yoruba culture. It testifies to the once widespread practice of establishing sacred groves outside all settlements.