Nigeria is a multi-cultural and diverse nation with a long rich history that extends from the slave trade to the civil war. There are various vacationers’ attractions across the breadth and length of the country. Notwithstanding the allures of these extraordinary objections, the warm accommodating nature of Nigerians and their mindful nature makes Nigeria a spot to be.
A lot of times the media fail to show the vast and beautiful nature of the most populous African nation on the face of the earth. From the south-east to the south-south and the deep south-west and norther south and down to the northern central the nation is blessed with a minerals resources yet to be tapped for years, this great nation also has so many tourist sites for your relaxation and site seeing and research. Here are 10 tourist sites to visit if you do visit the giant of Africa
1. The Ibeno Beach
Ibeno beach is a blessed destination for tourists which extends over 245 km on a sandbank. It is arguably the best place for leisure seekers. The stormy waves, spots for sunbathing, cool breeze thanks to the water, pure leaves from the mangrove forest, and a lush surrounding give this place of interest an unbelievable allure for tourists.
2. Mambilla Plateau
The Mambilla Plateau is located in Taraba State in Nigeria. Standing at approximately 1,830 meters above sea level, this Plateau has a temperate climate and a lush green pasture. Plants such as apples, pears, strawberries, tea, Irish potatoes, and Arabica coffee that are exotic grow pretty well on the famous Mambilla Plateau.
Tourists love going to the cafes to drink a mug of coffee and relax. The environment of the plateau is devoid of tsetse flies and mosquitoes. The winding uphill road that provides access to this tourist attraction is bordered by cliffs, giving you a great stimulating experience.
3. Osun Sacred Grove
Osun Sacred Grove is classified as one of the best heritage sites in the world by UNESCO. This sacred forest usually attracts a big number of tourists from different parts of the world because it ranks high in the lists of tourist destinations in Nigeria. Osun Sacred Grove is located on the borders of Oshogbo, the main capital of the state of Osun along the banks of the river Osun in the South-western parts of Nigeria.
Osun state is mainly populated by Yoruba people who believe that the Osun sacred grove is the home to Osun, their goddess of fertility. There is a popular festival that celebrates this goddess each year in Oshogbo. In this tourist destination, you will find shrines and statues of different deities scattered in the forest. Again, the forest has around 400 different plant species that are mainly utilized for medicinal purposes.
4. The Benin City National Museum
The Benin City National Museum is a national museum in Benin City, Nigeria. Located in the city center around King’s Square, the museum has a significant number of artifacts related to the Benin Empire such as terracotta, bronze figures, and cast iron pieces.
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5. Kajuru Castle
6. Obudu Cattle Ranch
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Obudu Cattle Ranch is a favorite destination for both international and local tourists alike. Special features of the ranch include horse riding, bird watching, sporting facilities, a natural swimming pool, gorilla camp, a beautiful waterfall, and exquisite hotels.
It is located in Cross River State near the Nigerian border with Cameroon. The Ranch has temperate weather around the year.
7. Ikogosi Cold and Warm Spring
The fusion and presence of cold and warm spring are some of the most famous wonders at Ikogosi Ekiti. This tourist attraction is an awesome sight to experience and is known to be the only one of its kind across the globe. To complement this wonder, you will find rich green scenery and a fine topography in this place. A big resort has been constructed around the cold and warm spring to provide tourists with relaxation, comfort, accommodation, and conferencing services.
8. Olumo Rock
This popular showplace is located in Abeokuta in Ogun State. Also known as the Fortress of Abeokuta, the Olumo Rock is the name of the city and can be translated as underneath the rock. This site is one of the best tourist destinations in Nigeria. Here, the tourists can see natural tunnels, unusual trees, natural cantilevers, gardens on the rocks, and monuments of various ancient religious symbols.
9. Abraka-Gordon River Resort, Abraka
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Situated in Abraka, the Abraka River Layout is a perfect spot for a quiet picnic away from the hustles and bustles of the city. Swimming, boat riding, fishing is some of the favorite activities here. Taking a walk on the sandy beach and watching the Ethiope River flowing rhythmically and slowly is such a soul-refreshing experience.
Children’s playground, rackets, and badminton courts, and lawn tennis courts are some of the side attractions at this resort.
10. Idanre Hills
Located in Idare/Ifedore local government Area Of Ondo state is Idanre Hills. Idanre Hills is natural splendor. The top of one of the hills has 600 steps to be climbed before getting to its top from where visitors are rewarded with the beautiful sights of these “ancient castles” built by nature herself.
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