Nigeria has limitless attractions to offer visitors, whether you’re on a brief visit or you have a residency card in the works. And since you’ve never truly lived in a place until you travel it, here are 20 unmissable sites across Nigeria that you should definitely spend time visiting.
This natural wonder is about 800 years old. The magic of Idanre Hills includes a diverse landscape, 667 steps, enigmatic footprints, and handwritings on rocks, as well as an ancient civilization with gripping myths and legends around its existence.
Location: Idanre, Ondo.
This Bavarian-style castle—complete with an armory and a dungeon—set atop one of the Kaduna mountains is everything from the movies. Its medieval architecture and natural surroundings are an astonishing sight to behold.
Location: Kachia Road, Kajuru, Kaduna.
Gurara Waterfalls is so awesome, they named it after two gods. A fantastic spot to see wildlife or go fishing in the Gurara River. Gurara Waterfalls is a tributary of the River Niger.
Location: Suleja-Minna Road, Gurara, Niger.
Zuma Rock was once an idol and a fortress in times of war. The magnificent monolith stands at about 725 feet above sea level. It is visible from the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
Location: Niger State
Another historically significant formation, the rock’s reputation as a formidable refuge during wartime in 19th century Yoruba-land is so legitimate, the city where it is found literally means “under the rock.” Stairs have been carved into this one, so it’s an easy enough climb up.
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun.
Hot meets cold at this geological wonder of a spring. The results? A confluence with fantastical healing properties amid a thrilling scenery.
Location: Ikogosi, Ekiti.
Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, also known as “Olumirin Waterfalls,” is located in the “State of the Living Spring.” But that doesn’t tell you all you need to know about this wonderful attraction.
Location: Erin Ijesha, Osun.
The locals call it “Ogbuide” or “Uhamiri.” Oguta Lake is five miles long and Nigeria’s largest natural lake.
Location: Oguta, Imo
The “White Water” is one of the highest waterfalls in Nigeria at a total height of 150 meters. Brave the tasking journey to arrive there and witness its spectacle.
Location: Farin Ruwa, Wamba, Nasarawa.
One of Africa’s oldest and extremely popular discoveries, the Nok civilization was made in this rural settlement.
Location: Jaba, Kaduna.
You can find all sorts of fabulous arts, crafts, jewelry, souvenirs, and other indigenous handmade designs in this village.
Location: Sani Abacha Way, Central Business District, Abuja.
Flora, fauna, wildlife, warm springs, and tons of history are some of the attractive features of this national park.
Location: Bauchi, Bauchi.
You need to take off your shoes for this one. Visitors are not allowed to descend into the mythical caves with footwear because of its historical and spiritual significance.
Location: Ogbunike, Anambra.
This resort is located on the Obudu Plateau. Its surreal landscape and modern facilities make it one of the top holiday spots in the country.
Location: Obanliku, Cross Rivers.
Ngwo’s pine haven provides visitors with a fun maze, cool shade, long, refreshing breaths of air, and wide stretches of beautiful greenery.
Location: Old Enugu-Onitsha Rd, Ngwo-Asaa
This is the last sacred grove in Nigeria and the home of Osun—the Yoruba Goddess of fertility. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is lined with shrines, sculptures, and works of art in honor of ancient Yoruba religion and tradition.
Location: Osogbo (outskirts), Osun.
Remarkable dry stone architecture, farmlands, paved walkways, and a palace are what’s left of this once prominent iron-smelting civilization.
Location: Madagali, Adamawa.
The largest park in Nigeria’s capital city, its vast greenery and Italian architectural design attracts thousands of visitors each day.
Location: Maitama, Abuja.
A national monument and historically significant landmark, these approximately 1,000-year-old walls gave invaders a good 20th-century fight and still stand to tell the story.
Location: Kano, Kano.
Here you’ll find Chappal Waddi—the highest peak in Nigeria—and a wide range of exotic wildlife and various impressive natural terrains.
Location: Gashaka Village, North of the Mambilla Plateaus, Taraba.