Nigeria might be in the news for some bad reason but it is definitely one of the most beautiful tourist attractions. These places depict historical significance and outstanding beauty capable of awing and amusing the public.
However, majority travel out of Nigeria on tourist vacations forgetting that their country is also blessed with beautiful sites and environments that they can talk about for a lifetime. These places are coupled with mysterious dynamism of natural creativity.
Legit.ng gathers 10 most talked about tourist sites to visit in Nigeria:
1. Olumo Rock:
Touring Abeokuta without vising the famous Olumo Rock is incomplete. No surprise that this rock is located in Abeokuta, meaning ‘under the rock’ as has been one of the choice tourist attractions in Nigeria. Olumo Rock has long served as a rock of offence and a fortress for the people of Egba Land, since the 19th century.
2. Erin Ijesha Waterfall:
Also known as the Olumirin Waterfalls, this is a tourist attraction located in Erin Ijesha, Osun state. It is said that Erin-Ijesha waterfall was first discovered in 1140 AD and was called Olumirin, which means another deity, because it seemed it had the appearance of a mysterious figure.
The fall features seven floors, on top of which the village Abake is located. The waterfall is said to have medicinal properties and people came from all over to drink from the waterfall and be healed.
3. Lekki Conservation Centre:
Located in the heart of Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, the conservative centre is reportedly one of the best nature reserves in Nigeria. This conservation and relaxation centre offers a breath of fresh air and an escape from the buzzing city of Lagos. The 21-year-old conservation centre turned nature hub, covers an area of 78 hectares, is managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF).
4. Yankari Game Reserve:
The Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi state, is another tourist site that should not be left unvisited. At the reserve, you will be captivated by the number of activities you can participate in. Marvel at the largest herd of elephants in the country, embark on a guided safari tour and explore the tropical forests. At the Reserve, you’ll find different varieties of animal species.
5. Hi-Impact Planet:
Located along Lagos/Ibadan expressway, Hi-Impact Planet offers world-class fun for both young and old. There are games, rides and other entertaining attractions for the young and young at heart. You and your family/friends will enjoy a good time and form magical memories of the environment.
6. Kajuru Castle:
Located in Kaduna state, the Kajuru Castle is a luxurious Medieval-German style villa which was built over three decades ago. The villa is designed with bedrooms modeled after dungeons and several towers with crenelated walls. The medieval theme is seen throughout the castle, it even has a portcullis (the vertically closing gate) with a crocodile pit.
7. Obudu Mountain Resort:
This amazing tourist attraction was formerly known as, Obudu Cattle Ranch, it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Nigeria. Located on the Obudu Plateau, somewhere close to the Cameroonian border, in the northeastern part of Cross River state, the resort has grown to be a major tourist attraction.
It has an attractive landscape and calming ambiance, with clouds smiling down on its peaks and valleys. It offers visitors a good blend of warm and cold temperature. Although this resort is open to visitors throughout the year, but the best time to visit the ranch is between October and February, as it is the time when the sky is very bright and the air is frosty.
8. Osun Sacred Grove:
Ranked amongst the list of top tourist attractions in Nigeria, the Osun Sacred Grove is a forest classified as one of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) world heritage rites. This sacred forest is located on the outskirts of Oshogbo, Osun state, along the banks of the Osun River.
Yoruba people believe that Osun Sacred grove, is home to Osun, the goddess of fertility. A festival that celebrates this fertility goddess takes place every year in Oshogbo. In addition to that, the forest reportedly contains about 400 different species of plants that are used for medicinal purposes.
9. Kano City Walls:
Although the city has long taken a modern cosmopolitan hue, relics of the city’s past as the hub for commercial activities during the trans-Saharan trade still remain. The real identity of Kano can best be felt in the old city area.
However, gradually being lost as the ancient structures go modern, relics have gradually been wiped away by both man and nature. The walls also helped in monitoring the movement of people in and out of the city.
10. Zuma Rock:
Zuma Rock ranks high as one of the most tourist attractions in the country. The rock which has a human face, is located in Madalla, Niger state, to the North of Abuja. It was once described as the unquestionable watchman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Visiting Zuma Rock between April and October, which marks the rainy season in central Nigeria where the rock is situated, would afford you the opportunity of seeing the much talked Zuma Rock Fire, as the apex of the Zuma Rock catches fire under heavy rainfall. This has remained the wonders of the rock.