Nigeria has limitless attractions to offer visitors, whether you’re on a brief visit or you have a residency card in the works. And since you’ve never truly lived in a place until you travel it, here are 20 unmissable sites across Nigeria that you should definitely spend time visiting.
This natural wonder is about 800 years old. The magic of Idanre Hills includes a diverse landscape, 667 steps, enigmatic footprints, and handwritings on rocks, as well as an ancient civilization with gripping myths and legends around its existence. Located in Ondo State.
This Bavarian-style castle—complete with an armory and a dungeon—set atop one of the Kaduna mountains is everything from the movies. Its medieval architecture and natural surroundings are an astonishing sight to behold. Location: Kachia Road, Kajuru, Kaduna.
Gurara Waterfalls is so awesome, they named it after two gods. A fantastic spot to see wildlife or go fishing in the Gurara River. Gurara Waterfalls is a tributary of the River Niger. Location: Suleja-Minna Road, Gurara, Niger.
Zuma Rock was once an idol and a fortress in times of war. The magnificent monolith stands at about 725 feet above sea level. It is visible from the Abuja-Kaduna expressway. Location: Niger State
Ikogosi Warm Springs
Hot meets cold at this geological wonder of spring. The results? A confluence with fantastical healing properties amid a thrilling scenery. Location: Ikogosi, Ekiti.
The locals call it “Ogbuide” or “Uhamiri.” Oguta Lake is five miles long and Nigeria’s largest natural lake. Location: Oguta, Imo
Yankari National Park
Flora, fauna, wildlife, warm springs, and tons of history are some of the attractive features of this national park. Location: Bauchi, Bauchi.
Obudu Mountain Resort
This resort is located on the Obudu Plateau. Its surreal landscape and modern facilities make it one of the top holiday spots in the country. Location: Obanliku, Cross Rivers.
Oshun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
This is the last sacred grove in Nigeria and the home of Osun—the Yoruba Goddess of fertility. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is lined with shrines, sculptures, and works of art in honor of ancient Yoruba religion and tradition. Location: Osogbo (outskirts), Osun.
Ancient Kano City Walls
A national monument and historically significant landmark, these approximately 1,000-year-old walls gave invaders a good 20th-century fight and still stand to tell the story. Location: Kano, Kano.