Located on the western coast of Africa, Nigeria is a beautifully diverse country. It is filled with friendly people, melodious languages, diverse cuisines that will leave you wanting more and an energetic vibe that keeps you on the go.
Nigeria is indeed a wonderful place to explore. Thinking about taking a vacation or exploring in Nigeria? Here are places you should definitely visit.
1. Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi
This is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria. With an area of about 2,244 square kilometres, it is home to Nigeria’s stunning natural warm water springs, diverse kinds of flora and fauna and a vast village to animals that one gets to enjoy on a safari. The best time to have the full experience of Yankari Game Reserve is during the dry season.
2. Obudu Mountain Resort, Cross River
This is one of the most beautiful and pleasant tourist centres in Nigeria. It is situated on the Obudu plateau, with a close distance to the Cameroon border, in the North-Eastern part of Cross River State. This resort centre has grown to become a major destination choice for tourists. Although the resort is open throughout the year, the best time to visit is between October and February during the dry season and festive periods, as the resort is always effervescent around this time.
It has an attractive landscape and calming ambience. When visiting, you may look forward to getting on the cable car, playing outdoor games, joining the Obudu Mountain Race, getting on their canopy walkway, among other activities in the resort.
3. Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos
The canopy walkway, Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) in Lagos, boasts of the longest canopy walkway in Africa. It is one of the best nature reserves in Nigeria. It offers a breath of fresh air and an escape from the ever-bustling city of Lagos. The best time to visit is the period between December and March, as the dry season falls within this period. For a truly spectacular visit, the canopy walk is recommended as well as visiting the treehouse, having a picnic at the gazebos.
Whatever you do, though, watch out for the monkeys!
4. Ogbunike Cave, Anambra
Located in Ogbunike, Anambra State, the caves were discovered centuries ago by a hunter. It is a collection of caves used for hundreds of years by the locals in the caves’ vicinity. The cave is a wonder to behold, with bats hanging above, streams and body of water at various places. The Nkissa River flows by the side of the caves into which the water that drains from the caves empties itself. At the meeting point of the river and the stream, one can feel the warm water from the caves and the cold river water.
Folklore suggests that the cave was formed by a deity, Ogba, who resides in the cave, and as such, the natives attach a spiritual reverence to the cave by entering the cave with bare feet. The caves remain a UNESCO heritage site for maintaining its biodiversity.
5. Guarara Waterfalls, Niger
If you are in search of a waterfall, the Guarara waterfalls is a sight to behold. Not too far from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, it cascades beautifully with clean waters, trees and blooming flowers. It is the best place to go for a hike, fishing, a swim and even a light picnic. It is best to visit during the dry season to enjoy the clean waters, as the waters get muddy during the rainy season.
6. Erin Ijesha Waterfall, Osun
If you are on the lookout for a waterfall in the west, then visit Erin Ijesha waterfalls. It is made up of seven falls, cascading on each other. Climbing the seven falls should take an average human person about two hours, and situated at the top of the fall is a village called Abake. Finishing the climb guarantees you visit two states, as the first level starts at Osun State and ends in Ekiti.
You can enjoy rock climbing, picnicking and swimming at this waterfall, which is rumoured to have healing properties.