The Federal Republic of Nigeria commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa. Explore Nigeria holidays and discover the best time and places to visit as we bring to you the Top 7 Interesting things you need to know about Nigeria. Nigeria been full of every good and perfect things, we have some places listed down you will never believe exist in Nigeria.
7. OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT (CROSS RIVER STATE- CALABAR)
Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly known as the Obudu Cattle Ranch) is a ranch and resort on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River State, Nigeria. It was developed in 1951 by M. McCaughley, a Scot who first explored the mountain ranges in 1949. The resort is found on the Obudu Plateau, close to the Cameroon border in the northeastern part of Cross River State, approximately 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of the town of Ogoja and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from the town of Obudu in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State. It is about 30 minutes drive from Obudu town and is about a 332 kilometres (206 mi) drive from Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
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The climate of the Obudu Cattle Ranch is semi-temperate mountain climate, which is the general weather condition experienced on the Obudu Plateau due to its 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) elevation. The ranch has in recent times seen an influx of both Nigerian and international tourists because of the development of tourist facilities by Cross-River State Government, which has turned the ranch into a well known holiday and tourist resort center in Nigeria.
6. AGBOKIM WATERFALLS (CROSS RIVER STATE)
Agbokim waterfalls are situated in the Etung local government area of Cross River State in south-eastern Nigeria, very close to its border with Cameroon. The waterfalls are about 15 km from Ikom and 320 km from Calabar. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, valleys and steep hills which are enveloped in a rainbow-like aura. Its freshness is captivating and has an alluring serenity. Agbokim Waterfalls is most spectacular during the rainy season when on a lucky day you have a chance to see the rainbow across the face of the waterfall. Its proximity to neighbouring Cameroon offers a unique opportunity for cross-border experience.
5. YANKARI NATIONAL PARK (BAUCHI STATE)
Yankari National Park is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometres (866 sq mi) and is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its location in the heartland of the West African savanna makes it a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. Yankari was originally created as a game reserve in 1956, but later designated Nigeria’s biggest national park in 1991.
The “Wikki Camp” is the tourist centre of the park. Located about 42 kilometres from the main entrance gate, the camp is built beside, and named after, the Wikki warm spring, which is open for swimming 24 hours a day. There are 110 furnished chalets with varying size and quality, ranging from the ‘’presidential’’ suites to the youth hostel, all of which are being upgraded in phases. The camp also provides a restaurant, bar and conference centre. Daily safari trips depart at least twice from the camp. The museum in the camp is well stocked with a variety of skins, tusks, bones and fully mounted stuffed game from the park. It is educational while also acting as a conservation centre, displaying hunting gear and traps taken from poachers.
4. OLUMO ROCK (ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE)
Oluma Rock is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. It was used as a fortress by the Egba people in the early 19th century. Olumo rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria, West Africa, sits in the ancient city centre of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock”; it has a height of 137 metres above sea level.
Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the egba. People who found refuge at the Olumo rock during intertribal wars in the 19th century. Abeokuta is just about an hours drive from the bustling metropolitan city of Lagos providing convenient access to an array of hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos and various nightlife activities. Lagos is also home to the closest airport to Abeokuta, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Hotels in Abeokuta within minutes drive from the rock include Gateway Hotel and Olumo Guest House.
The month of March is always a great time to pay a visit to the Olumo Rock, as it is the dry season around the environment of the Rock. Visiting Olumo Rock in March would also afford you the opportunity of enjoying the razzmatazz of the Lisabi and Olumo Festivals, which both climax at the Olumo Rock. The entrance fee to Olumo Rock is 700 Naira, which is for those who would be climbing the stairs while those would be using the elevator would pay 2000 Naira. There’s also a camera fee of 200 Naira and a parking fee of 200 Naira.
3. FIRST STOREY BUILDING IN NIGERIA (BADAGRY, LAGOS)
The foundation of the ancient historical laden was laid by the rev. Henry Townsend of C.M.S (Church Missionary Society) on the Marina waterfront in Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria in the year 1842, and was later built by other missionaries in 1845. The building served as vicarage for Saint Thomas Anglican Church and was later used by Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African C.M.S bishop that translated the Holy Bible from English to Yoruba. In one of the two rooms on the upper floor of the building, there lay glass case containing the English and Yoruba version of the bible translated by Ajayi Crowther. It was said that the English bible is 173 years old while the Yoruba version is 170 years old, therefore, it was translated around 1845.
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According to punchng.com, it was said that “the floor also housed the room of the ‘first teacher in Nigeria’, Mr Claudius Philips. Philips, who wore a black shirt, suit and a white trouser in the portrait which adorned the wall, lived in the room for 23 years, from 1845 to 1868.” In another room, the picture of Herbert Macaulay, Ajayi Crowther’s grandson hung on the wall. There was also a well in the compound of this historical building which was dug in 1842. The well served as a source of drinking water for some people living in the community.This building was originally built with coconut fibers and bamboo, and located on an area of 1,144 square feet. The more than a century and half monument building was given a face lift to preserve it for coming generations.
2. TINAPA RESORT (CALABAR, CROSS RIVER)
Tinapa is a business and leisure resort just north of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria associated with the Calabar Free Trade Zone. It is being developed in four phases under a Private Public Partnership (PPP) promoted by the Government of Cross River State. The resort is located by the Calabar River, contiguous with the Calabar Free Trade Zone. Tinapa was initiated by Governor Donald Duke as a way to boost business and tourism in the state. Over $350 million was spent on initial development. The first phase of Tinapa Business Resort & Free Zone, Calabar, was commissioned on the 2 April 2007. Tinapa is a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) drive from Calabar by a roundabout route, but the Federal government is building a more direct 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) access road to link it with the city.
1. IDANRE HILLS (ONDO STATE)
The Idanre Hill, or Oke Idanre is located in Idanre town in Ondo State of southwestern Nigeria. The hill of Idanre is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria. It includes such cultural sites as “Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Apaara) and burial mounds and grounds”.