Nigeria is a great country blessed with quite a number of sight attractions. It will interest you to know that thousands of people visit people Nigeria annually for tourism. You don’t have to travel to Paris, Dubai or Tokyo before you cab have a nice holiday. There are many places in Nigeria you need to explore and have the best experience of your life. If you’re clocking 30 soon, then you need to pamper yourself by taking yourself out on a visit to any of the places mentioned below. You’ll definitely wanna come back again!
1. Yankari Game Reserve
It is the richest wildlife oasis in Nigeria and houses great number of elephants. It is situated in Bauchi and beautiful wildlife like hippocampus, roan, buffalo, lion, gazette, etc. The game reserve also has a natural spring which is ideal for relaxation in a warm weather. You can even pay a visit to the cave that houses the Wiki Warm Spring. The Baboons found in the game reserve have been trained to cohabit with man. This makes visitors have closer look at the creature, though at their own risk.
2. Obudu Mountain Resort
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 Mr. McCaughley, a Scot who first explored the mountain ranges in 1949. The experience here is better experienced than explained or imagined. The Obudu Cattle Ranch is located in Obudu, Cross River State. It attracts tons of tourists every year including important dignitaries such as presidents of different countries.
3. Erin Ijesha Waterfalls
It is also referred to as Olumirin Waterfalls. The waterfall is a natural sauna found in Erin Ijesha, Osun state. You’ll definitely not regret visiting this place if you love the wonderful works of nature. Ensure you capture those wonderful moments on camera as only pictures can explain the freshness of the environment.
4. Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort
Simply put, it is nature’s gift to mankind. The Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort is located in Ekiti state. It is found in a valley with a beautiful vegetation. Tourists relax under the canopy formed by trees. This resort provides you with warm and cold spring which will leave a lasting memorable with you. If you’ve heard myths about this spring, visiting the resort will give you the opportunity to enjoy those myths.
5. Idanre Hills
History has it that the Idanre Hills is over 800 years old. You have to climb about 640 steps to get to the top. There are 5 resting points on the way to the top. If you’re brave enough to find your way up the hill, you get the opportunity to experience the breathtaking landscape. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful view of the Idanre town (in Ondo state) where it is found.
6. Mambilla Plateau
The Mambilla Plateau is a high grassland Plateau found at the southern edge of Taraba state. It is an extension of Obudu, Adamawa and the Atlantic mountain chain. The route that leads you to the Plateau goes with a snake like winding road. Temperate plants such as pears, strawberries, Irish potatoes and apples can be found in this place.
7. La Campagne Tropicana
This exotic place with an exotic name is a place you need to visit before you clock 30. It is a beach resort found in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos state. The resort will give you access to a natural environment suitable for both holidays and relaxation. You definitely need to check it out.
8.Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa State
It is located on top of the highest plains on the Mandara Mountains in a place called Madageli and populated by rich avifauna and rare species. Sukur is Nigeria’s first landmark to be listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The landscape has a palace, ritual featured terraced fields decorated with dry stones and granites, which make the village setting so natural and outstanding.
9. Oban Hills in Cross River State
Oban Hills is an array of hills located within Cross River National Park, sharing border with the Korup National Park of Cameroon.It is one of few sites where wildlife such as Xavier’s Green Bull can be spotted along with odd species like Cassin’s Hawk eagle, Bat Hawk, Crested Guinea fowl and Lyre-tailed Honey guide. It also houses over 400 Chimpanzees.
10. Osun-Oshogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State
This is a sacred forest known as the home of “the goddess of fertility”, situated by the banks of the Osun River, on the outskirts of the capital city of Oshogbo. Shrines, sculptures, art works, and shelters surround the river in tribute to the goddess and other local deities. It is said to be the last Yoruba sacred forest still standing. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005. Its yearly festival brings thousands of tourists, audience and Osun worshippers from around the world.