TOURIST SITES IN NIGERIA
Shere Hills, Jos– Plateau State
The Shere Hills are a range of undulating hills and rock formations on the Jos Plateau, situated about 10 km east of the Jos metropolis, the capital of Plateau State in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. The Shere Hills have numerous high peaks, with the highest peak reaching a height of about 1,829 metres or 6,001 feet above sea level, the Shere Hills are the highest point of the Jos Plateau and they form the third highest point in Nigeria after Chappal Waddi on the Mambilla Plateau averaging about 2,419 metres or 7,936 feet above sea level and Mount Dimlang (Vogel peak) on the Shebshi Mountains reaching a height of about 2,042
metres or 6,699 feet above sea level.
Olumo Rock, Ogun State
This rock is located in Abeokuta, as the name “Abeokuta” itself means “under the rock” has been one of the choice tourist attractions in Nigeria. Olumo Rock has long served as a rock of defence and a fortress for the people of Egba Land, since the 19th century.
Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi State
Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi State, North-Eastern Nigeria is a place to experience nature in the country’s biggest wildlife retreat. 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 living in their natural habitats. Another place to explore is the Wikki Warm Spring inside Yankari Game Reserve.
Assop Water Falls, Riyom LGA, Plateau State
Assop waterfall is situated on the slopes and top of a mid-altitude ridge of the Jos Plateau, beside the Jos-Abuja road, about seventy kilometers from Jos. The vegetation consists of gallery forests surrounded by grasslands. The waterfall occurs naturally at the bottom of the famous Hawan Kibo which is a rocky undulating hill stretching a long distance below. Going to the waterfall, you will find a huge rock formation along the way and concrete steps leading down the river.
Almat Farms, Kuje – Abuja
Almat Farms is an epitome of Agrotourism in Nigeria. Almat farms in the Kuje area council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is about an hour’s drive away from the city, which takes you totally off from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos State
The Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos is one of the best nature reserves in Nigeria. This conservation and relaxation centre offers a breath of fresh air and an escape from the forever buzzing city of Lagos. The 21-year-old conservation centre cum nature hub, which covers an area of 78 hectares, is run and managed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). Generally regarded as an icon of nature conservation, Lekki Conservation Centre represents the flagship project of Nigeria Conservation Foundation for the preservation of unique biodiversity, scenic, natural, scientific recreational values of the coastal environs of western Nigeria.
Zuma Rock, Abuja
Zuma Rock ranks high as one of the choice tourist attractions in the Country. it is the monolithic Inselberg with a human face, is located in Madalla, Niger State, to the North of Abuja.
Hi-Impact Planet, Lagos State
Hi-Impact Planet offers world-class fun for the young and old, friends and families. There are games, rides and other entertaining attractions for the young and young at heart. You and your family will enjoy a good time and form magical memories. You can grab a snack or a pastry during your day of fun or enjoy full-blown intercontinental meals at any of the three food courts located in the park.
Aso Rock, Abuja
Aso Rock is a 400-meter rock which stands out as the most noticeable feature in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja. The location is known as one of the lush tourist attractions in Nigeria, as it is a location in the Country’s seat of power. Aso Rock houses the three major seats of power of the Nigerian Federal Government namely; Presidential Villa (Aso Rock Villa), National Assembly, and the Supreme Court, albeit the Aso Rock Villa building is the only structure built in the valley of the Rock. Visits to this place is however restricted for now
Agodi Gardens, Oyo State
Agodi Gardens is a beautiful park in the city of Ibadan which has risen to become one of the top tourist attractions in the country. Also called Agodi Botanical Gardens, Agodi Gardens, Ibadan, the site is a serene environment on 150 acres of land.
Kajuru Castle, Kaduna State
Kajuru Castle is a luxury Medieval-German style villa, built over 3 decades ago located in Kaduna State, Nigeria. The villa is designed with bedrooms modelled after dungeons and several towers with crenellated walls. The medieval theme is seen throughout the castle, it even has a portcullis (the vertically closing gate) with a crocodile pit.
Nike Art Gallery, Lagos State
Nike’s Art Gallery tells its story from the outside as you approach the building; a magnificent five-storey building coated in spotless white, standing high and proud in its environs.
The fence of the compound is adorned with rare marbles. Its walls are covered in different artistic inscriptions and drawings. You immediately feel a deep sense of awe once you walk through its colourfully tattooed black gates. This historical abode ranks high in the list of bedazzling Lagos destinations.
Tarkwa Bay Beach, Lagos State
Tarkwa Bay, a sheltered beach located near the Lagos Harbour. If you are looking for a quiet romantic time, you should visit Tarkwa Bay Beach on a weekday. It is popular with swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts, also home to a welcoming resident community.
Obudu Mountain Resort, Cross Rivers State
Formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, is one of the most beautiful and pleasant tourist centre destinations in Nigeria. Located on the Obudu Plateau, close to the Cameroon border, in the Northeastern part of Cross Rivers State. This resort centre has grown to become a major destination choice for tourists, locally and internationally. It has an attractive landscape and calming ambience, with clouds smiling down on its peaks and valleys. It offers visitors a good blend of warm and cold temperature, as it has a very temperate weather.
Eleko Beach, Lagos State
Eleko Beach offers a peaceful retreat for privacy seekers or couple’s looking to enjoy a good time away from the hustle of Lagos. This public beach, located close to La Campagne Tropicana, offers private beach features and bamboo huts. It is also less rowdy than other public beaches in Lagos and considered to be cleaner. It’s definitely one of the few tourist attractions to offer such services.
Osun Sacred Grove, Osun State
Classified as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. This sacred forest attracts a large number of tourists as it is definitely worth visiting and is reputed to rank high in the list of tourist attractions in Nigeria. Situated on the outskirts of Oshogbo, the capital of Osun state along the banks of the Osun river. Osun state is one of the states in the South-western part of Nigeria. Majorly populated by the Yorubas who are indigenes of the state. Yoruba people believe that Osun sacred grove, which spans about 75 hectares of land, is home to Osun– the goddess of fertility. A festival that celebrates this fertility goddess takes place every year in Oshogbo. You will find scattered about the forest, shrines, and effigies of different deities. In addition to that, the forest contains about 400 different species of plants that are used for medicinal purposes.
New Afrika Shrine, Lagos State
The New Afrika Shrine, an open-air entertainment center located in Ikeja, Lagos State. It serves as the host location of the annual Felabration music festival. Currently managed by Femi Kuti and Yeni Anikulapo-Kuti. Serves as a replacement of the old Afrika Shrine created in 1970 by Fela Kuti until it was burnt down in 1977. The New Afrika Shrine showcases photo galleries of Fela and musical performances by Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti.
Mandara Mountains, Adamawa State
The Mandara Mountains are a volcanic range extending about 190 km along the northern part of the Cameroon-Nigeria border. Mandara Mountains is the most popular mountain in Adamawa and one of the most popular attractions in the state. Mandara Mountains, which lie in the northeastern part of the state along the Cameroon border is an ideal place for hiking, rock and mountain climbing.
Sukur Kingdom, Adamawa State
Sukur, popularly referred to as Sukur Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a hill above the village of Sukur in the Adamawa State. Sukur which is located in Madagali Local Government Area, and has been accredited as a World Heritage site by UNESCO because of its natural exposition of human nature and its preserved structures. Dating more than 500 years, Sukur is said to be one of the most visited places by tourists in Adamawa state.
The Emir of Katsina Palace, Katsina State
The palace is a tourist attraction because of its unique architectural structure. The palace which was constructed with traditional building materials depicts northern Nigeria’s traditional architectural designs dated as far back as the early 19th Century. Dating back to the early 19th century, the palaces of the Emir of Katsina and the Emir of Daura are sights to behold today. The ancient architectural designs of the palace structures make them a tourist attraction to many visitors, and several tourists can’t do without taking pictures of them or asking questions about their history.
The Katsina Royal Palace or the Emir’s Palace, which is popularly referred to as Gidan Korau by the locals, is a masterpiece of Hausa architecture, symbolizing the culture, history and tradition of Katsinawa. The imposing complex located at the centre of the city is believed to have been built in 1348 by Muhammadu Korau, the first Muslim Emir of Katsina. It is also believed to be one of the oldest and among the first generation palaces in Hausaland, the others are that of Daura, Kano and Zazzau. In the olden days the palace was encircled with a rampart (ganuwar gidan sarki) but that is now extinct.
The Emir’s residential quarters, which is the epicenter of the palace, is a large compound built in the typical Hausa traditional architecture. The buildings are made of conical-shaped and sun-dried clay bricks (tubali) mud (kwababbiyar kasa) and rafters (kyami). The wall of the house is about 90 centimetres at the base. It is enforced with high quality clay mixed with cow dung and grass. A mixture of red soil (jangargari), colorants obtained from the empty pod of locust bean tree (makuba) and loda, a plant fluid extracted after pounding the leaves was used to adorn the outer walls and the interior of the rooms with beautiful artistic designs.
The mixture also serves as protective plaster. This explains why the buildings have withstood the effects of harsh weather for many centuries,” the book explained. The royal compound is divided into three sections; the living quarters of the Emir and his family which is called Soro and Barga, the yard where the Emir’s stable is located, where his servants and slaves also live. In addition, there is the Gidan Ganye, where the royal garden and the Emir’s guest house are located.
Gidan Makama, Kano city – Nigeria
This is Located in the heart of the city of Kano. The structure is believed to have been built in the 15th Century AD by the then emir of Kano Abdullahi Burja for his grandson Rumfa. It was said that Burja decided to reward his grandson’s show of bravery by building the house for him.It became Gidan Makama when the emir appointed Rumfa as the Makaman Kano. Rumfa lived in the house while he was Makama and also when he eventually became the emir of Kano. He was living in the house when he decided to build the present emir’s palace, and he relocated to the new palace on completion.A visit to Kano’s famous museum reveals its delightful history, memorable gallaries — and numerous challenges. One of the best known historical buildings in Kano, that had once served as a temporary palace of the emir before it now houses the city’s collections of arts, crafts and other historical materials, is Gidan Makama (the house of Makama). The building, turned into a museum, appropriately called Gidan Makama Museum, is attracting tourists to Kano city on account of its magnificent architectural design and the priceless collections it holds therein.
Kerang Highlands, Mangu LGA – Plateau State
The Kerang highlands are located about 88 kilometres from Jos. These beautiful, volcanic mountain hills are the source of natural mountain springs, which supply the popular spring water company (SWAN)
Mambilla Plateau Taraba State
Located in the highland region of Taraba State of Nigeria, Mambilla Plateau houses Chappal Waddi mountain considered the highest point in Nigeria with an average height of about 2,419 metres (7,936 ft) above sea level.
The major tourism attraction sites on the plateau are: The mountain chain, the plain green view, and a magnificent water fall. Then there is the historic site — the famous cave in Mbamnga — Ndumyaji Cave. There is the rock with a giant foot print of an ancient warrior at Kabri, the rock with a horse foot print at Hienary, the historic site of the ancient blacksmith that existed before the modern one at Killa yang.
It also has the second largest tea plantation in the world second to the one in India. Livestock like cow, goats, sheep and other rare birds thrive on the plateau. There are also natural forests like the Ngel Yaki mountain forest and the Ndum-yaji forest that are home to very rare species of birds and trees which have attracted lots of researchers from around the world.
Zuma Rock Resort
Located on the Zuba Expressway in Tafa local government area of Niger, Nigeria. It gives visitors a wonderful setting with a superb view of one of the country’s most sort after natural monument, Zuma Rock. Zuma Rock is an enchanting entanglement with nature. It is a tranquil private 18 hole golf resort intertwined with nature.
The Garu Emir’s Palace
This is a major tourist attraction located in the heart of Dutse, the capital city of Jigawa, Nigeria. It is popular for its contemporary and indigenous architectural design with chalets that are over 200 years old. Right opposite the palace is a museum with artifacts that date back hundreds of years.
The Emir’s Palace Dutse is best described as a center of ancient and modern culture.
LUFASI Nature Park
LUFASI – Lekki Urban Forestry and Animal Shelter Initiative is a nongovernmental organisation established in 2013 and dedicated to the preservation of natural habitats in urban areas. LUFASI has a Nature Park that sits on her 20 hectare pristine Farm-Forest, situated in the heart of highly urbanized Lekki, Lagos Nigeria. Officially launched for full operation since 2016, the centre provides a meeting point for nature and leisure walk, outdoor sports, field research, school excursions, wildlife rescue & rehabilitation and other activities.
Kwatarkwashi Rock, Zamfara State, Nigeria
This rock is about 350 meters above sea level and has a massive land mass of about 1 square meter. The Rock is located in Kwatarkwashi Town of Bungudu local government area, 12km from Gusau, the capital city of Zamfara, Nigeria.
Kwatarkwashi rock is a magnificent granitic rock formation, beautiful to behold. The surrounding scenery offers natural ambience for relaxation and adventures. It is one of the most exotic natural rock formations in Nigeria. Its shape and size is breathtaking.
Kwatarkwashi Rock is an ideal place for excursion, picnics, sightseeing, bird watching and relaxation.
Moist Beach Club, Oniru Estate, Lagos Nigeria
Moist beach club is privately-owned, accessible to the public, and situated within Oniru Royal Beach.