Regarded as the ‘giant of Africa’, Nigeria is a country with beautiful tourist attractions. Visitors and locals alike can get a lifetime opportunity to witness some of the best nature reserves and game parks in the whole of Africa.
There is also stunning scenery and huge massifs awaiting anyone interested in exploring the country.
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Considering the global pandemic amid other local concerns, this guide has been curated to showcase only the five best places to visit in Nigeria when it’s safe.
Idanre Hills, Ondo
Come here to witness one of nature’s finest that has been on solid ground for over 800 years. The Idanre Hills in Ondo state has fascinating elements that include about 667 steps, a distinct panorama, mysterious footprints, and handwritings on rocks. There are also tour guides who take time to put visitors through the history of the great natural phenomenon.
Gurara Waterfalls, Niger
Approximately 30 metres high, Niger state’s Gurara Waterfalls serves as the stream of the River Niger. This natural phenomenon was worshipped by people living in communities around it before it became a tourist attraction. Named after two gods ‘Gura’ and ‘Rara’, Gurara River and Waterfalls is a great place to fulfil one’s fishing fantasy and also spot incredible wildlife.
Zuma Rock, Niger
Standing about 980 feet above sea level, this great monolith constituting gabbro and granodiorite is regarded as the Gateway to Abuja from Suleja. It served as a huge refuge to the Gbagyi people during wartime. Consider visiting here to witness the great wonder of nature.
Yankari National Park, Bauchi
Bauchi’s Yankari National Park is one of the most famous places to visit in Nigeria. Spanning an area of about 2,244 square kilometres, Yankari was originally created as a game reserve in 1956. It, however, became the biggest national park in Nigeria in 1991. In addition to the over 350 bird species such as the guinea fowl, grey hornbill, cattle egret and saddle-billed stork which can be found here, over 50 species of mammals also make this park their home. They include the African bush elephant, olive baboon, patas monkey, West African lion, African buffalo, hippopotamus, bushbuck, waterbuck, roan lion, and Western hartebeest. Visitors who come here can enjoy their stay in the Wikki Camp with over 110 chalets ranging from standard to basic accommodation. There is also a restaurant, bar, and a conference centre.
Farin Ruwa Falls, Nasarawa
The Farin Ruwa Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Nigeria. About 150 metres tall, the Farin Ruwa Falls is a lot higher than the popular Victoria Falls which is about 108 metres. Literally translated as White Water Falls, the Farin Ruwa Falls is called so by the indigenes because of the white colour of the waters. A visit during the rainy season between March and November will have you witness the heavy volume of the waters as it descends from the mountains.