The colour and richness travel add to our lives, cannot be overemphasized. Yet, our overall vacation experience is much more the hotel, or the new foods and culture we experience. It is also about the places we visit while on our trip.
Nigeria is fast becoming a tourist destination because of the unique places it has to offer to tourist. Travelers to Nigeria are presented with a range of places they can visit, while traveling in Nigeria.
These ten (10) places are the ‘must-see’ places in Nigeria.
- Obudu Mountain Resort:
Obudu mountain resort is at the top of this list for a reason. It is the most exotic place I have ever been in Nigeria. The waterfalls, the cable car (I almost died from fear of height, when I boarded the cable car for the first time, but the second time was so fun), the cool temperature, the mountains, and the canopy walkways, are just a tip of the iceberg of fun you will find in Obudu mountain resort.
It was formally called Obudu Cattle ranch, and is located on the Obudu Plateau, in Cross-River state.
- Idanre Hills:
Located in Ondo state, Idanre hills is made up of high plains and valleys, with inselbergs measuring up to 3000 ft. above sea level. It is house to the Owa palace, Thunder water, Agboorun footprints. The rocks have inscriptions that have not been deciphered by anyone and believed to be supernatural. Not forgetting the Arun River which has people traveling from far and near, because it is believed to have the powers to heal all kinds of diseases.
- NOK village:
This is located in Kaduna state, and is home to figurines and stone works. The people of Nok were the first to use terracotta in sculpting. Strangely, the people of Nok disappeared in 200 AD, but before then, they had an advanced social system, not forgetting their artistic excellence. Take a trip to Nok village, to be taken back into the past of our world. The place is great for history students, archaeologists, and anyone with the innate desire to know history.
- Ikoogosi Warm Spring:
The Ikoogosi warm spring is located in Ekiti state, and has become one of the most visited tourist attraction centres. It is surrounded by lush vegetations, rolling hills, clear skies and a warm spring that defies human reason in its ability to heal skin diseases, hypertension, arthritis and other ailments.
- Osun Sacred Groove:
This is located on the outskirts of Osogbo in Osun state. The dense forest is one of the remaining high forests in Southern Nigeria. Regarded as the home of the goddess of fertility, Osun, and the identity of the Yoruba tribe, the landscape of this groove is dotted with shrines, sanctuaries, scriptures, and artworks in reverence of the goddess Osun.
A visit here gives you a firsthand taste of culture of the Yoruba people and a dose of spirituality.
- Oluwo Rock:
A visit to Abeokuta without a visit to Olumo rock is really no visit at all. Abeokuta’s identity is entwined with that of Olumo rock because, the name means ‘under the rock’. This is referring to the use of the rock as a fortress and strategic position for offense during war, for the Egba people in the 19th century.
The highest point of the rock stands at 137 meters above sea level, and has stairs carved into the rock to aid climbing. There is also an elevator to convey those who want to go to the apex; this comes at a cost.
The rock features natural tunnels, unusual plants, 131 year old priestesses (Iya Orisa) living under the rock, the cowries-studded statues, and carvings. The Itoku market lies outside the Olumo rock, where you can buy beautiful Adire (tie-and-dye) fabric. There is also a museum at the foot of the rock. An all-round experience will be achieved with a visit to Olumo rock.
- Oguta Lake:
The Oguta freshwater lake is located in Oguta local government of Imo state. One of the wonders of the world is found in this part of Imo state, where two rivers flow side by side without ever coming together. The river Urashi is one of the two rivers that flow side by side, and it empties alongside with rivers into the Oguta Lake. The locals believe the rivers are male and female (man and wife), who had a quarrel and decided to flow separately.