Tourism and vacations are among the things people love engaging in, especially in civilized societies. This is because of the colour and richness they add to life.
It is also noted to relief one of stress in a fast-paced society like ours. It is one thing to intend going for sight-seeing, and it’s another to know the right and most enjoyable places to visit.
Nigeria is one of the countries of the world that is blessed with unique tourist attractions. In fact, tourism is one of the major sources of revenue in Nigeria. It is quite unfortunate that many Nigerians are missing out on these blessings left for our own enjoyment by God.
It is also surprising that some foreigners are even in better positions to tell an average Nigerian the most interesting places to visit in his own country.
Places In Nigeria You Should Visit
I term it ‘unfortunate’ if you fail to visit any of these places I present to you below:
1. Olumo Rock (Ogun state)
Visit Olumo rock and you’ll be left many days pondering over the wonders lavished on the earth that we are living in.
Olumo rock is located in Abeokuta town of Ogun state.’ Abeokuta’ is a name which means ‘Under the Rock’. The town itself has a considerable deposit of huge rocky mountains, but the most thrilling of all is that of Olumo. Don’t dare miss it!
2. Obudu Mountain Resort (Cross River state)
When it comes to sites worthy of beholding, the Obudu Mountain Resort Ranks top on the list.
I’ve been there personally and I bet You will want to become a full-time vacationer by the time you set your foot at the Obudu Mountain Resort.
The good thing about this tourist site is the variety you find there. The awesome landscape view from the cable car, the waterfalls, the specially cool temperature, the canopy walkway… It’s such a dazzling experience that you’ll regret missing it even while in the grave!
3. Yankari National Park (Bauchi state)
Yankari is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nigeria. Do not allow the current insecurity in Northern Nigeria to deter you from getting to see this rare game park.
A lot of the endangered species of animals scarcely found anywhere in the country are actually still in existence at Yankari National Park. You will get to see some animals you never dreamed were even in existence. The wonderful thing about the entire story is the way these animals are kept and taken care of in large numbers like they’ve never been wild animals.
This is just a tip of the iceberg; don’t stay back, you need to see for yourself.
4. Waterfall Arochukwu Town (Abia state)
The ancient town of Arochukwu may be the last place to ever cross your mind when it comes to touring, but I tell you that you’ve missed something great for so long and should not continue to.
If you are someone who values and cherishes nature and rich culture, Arochukwu is one of the best places for you to see. There are caves, waterfalls, and lots of mind-blowing nature wonders and structures of our cultural heritage there.
5. Idanre Hills (Ondo state)
Here is another place worthy of visiting before one says farewell to this world. The Oke Idanre hill consists of high plainS with spectacular valleys interspersed with inselbergs (isolated hills and mountains) of about 3,000 ft above sea level. Its physical attributes include Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Aopara) and burial mounds and grounds.
It also has diverse and variegated eco-systems of flora and fauna. One of the most significant sites that will surely catch your fancy is the unreadable letters, believed to be a mysterious handwriting inscribed on the rock, which could not be deciphered or read and interpreted by anyone since it was noticed conspicuously on the rock.
Also, there is the Arun River, which is believed to have the natural power to heal all kinds and manners of ailments and diseases, and it has been visited by many people over the years.
6. Chad Basin National Park (Yobe/Borno states)
As I said earlier, the present terrorist issues in Nigeria should never be an excuse for you not to be at the Chad Basin National Park, Yobe state, “The Haven of Various Species of Pale Arctic”.
Why? Because you haven’t seen it all until you see the range of species that this site boasts. Myriads of tourists from foreign tourists troop to this side from time to time. They could not just stay back at home to be told the story of this rare site, and so you shouldn’t too.
7. Old Oyo National Park
If you love and cherish archaeology and the ancients, then visit the Old Oyo National Park, a place where history blended with culture in the most captivating manner.
The park harbours high forest and dense savannah mosaic woodland that characterized the ecosystem and also offer the best atmosphere for relaxation, adventure and sightseeing. There are animals like baboons, bush dogs, buffaloes, etc. It is also the best place for bird watching.
8. NOK Village (Kaduna state)
If you have heard about the Nok culture and art, then you are close to knowing what The Nok Village looks like. It is the home of extraordinary artworks like figurines, sculpture, paintings, stone works, etc.
You may not just understand how some of the works there were fashioned by humans like you. The site is really a stunning one and you need to be there to see for yourself.
9. Osun Sacred Grove (Osun state)
Some refer to this grove as the cradle of the Yoruba cultural traditions. The dense forest of the Osun Sacred Grove is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria.
Wondering why it should be listed as one of the top places you should visit before joining your ancestors? A traveller is ten times well-informed than a reader! It contains the most extraordinary wood carvings that will blow your mind and leave you stunned.
10. Ikoogosi Warm Spring Resort (Ekiti State)
Being the last on our list doesn’t make this the least of all. The Ikoogosi warm spring is a natural wonder. A natural combination of cool and warm water in this sparkling spring is really awesome.
When you get cold from the cool waters, there are spots that give out naturally warm and soothing waters. Your mind is sure to be drawn to the love of God toward Mankind at this place. It is also surrounded by natural beauty such as hills and lush grounds. And as such, it is a home away from home!