20 Unmissable Attractions in Nigeria

A view of Idanre Hills |© Ayobami Macaulay / Wikimedia
A view of Idanre Hills |© Ayobami Macaulay / Wikimedia
Photo of Cynthia Okoroafor
11 September 2017

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.

Idanre Hills

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.

A view of Idanre Hills | © Ayobami Macaulay / Wikimedia

Location: Idanre, Ondo.

Kajuru Castle

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.

The Kajuru Castle in Kaduna | © Bela Becker / Wikimedia

Location: Kachia Road, Kajuru, Kaduna.

Gurara Waterfalls

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.

A view of Gurara Waterfalls from the river. / Jeff Attaway / Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/attawayjl/3329165410/in/album-72157614732105237/

Location: Suleja-Minna Road, Gurara, Niger.

Zuma Rock

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.

Zuma Rock. / Jeff Attaway / Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/attawayjl/3329179458/

Location: Niger State

Olumo Rock

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.

Top of Olumo Rock. / Sanni Kazeem Seun / Wikimedia https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e7/THE_LIMIT.jpg

Location: Abeokuta, Ogun.

Ikogosi Warm Springs

Hot meets cold at this geological wonder of a spring. The results? A confluence with fantastical healing properties amid a thrilling scenery.

Ikogosi Confluence / Godwin Oluyomi / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Ikogosi_Cold_and_Warm_Spring%2C_Ekiti_State%2C_Nigeria.jpg

Location: Ikogosi, Ekiti.

Erin Ijesha Waterfalls

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.


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Location: Erin Ijesha, Osun.

Oguta Lake

The locals call it “Ogbuide” or “Uhamiri.” Oguta Lake is five miles long and Nigeria’s largest natural lake.

Oguta Lake. / Ochiwar / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/Oguta_Lake.JPG

Location: Oguta, Imo

Farin Ruwa Falls

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.

Nok Settlement, Jaba

One of Africa’s oldest and extremely popular discoveries, the Nok civilization was made in this rural settlement.

Location: Jaba, Kaduna.

Abuja Arts and Crafts Village

You can find all sorts of fabulous arts, crafts, jewelry, souvenirs, and other indigenous handmade designs in this village.

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Location: Sani Abacha Way, Central Business District, Abuja.

Yankari National Park

Flora, fauna, wildlife, warm springs, and tons of history are some of the attractive features of this national park.

A bush pig takes a stroll within the Yankari National Park's environs. / Charles Emogor / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Bushpig_%28Potamochoerus_larvatus%29_-_Wikki_Camp%2C_yankari_game_Reserve.jpg

Location: Bauchi, Bauchi.

Ogbunike Caves

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.

Obudu Mountain Resort

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.

A road path along the Obudu plateau. / Dotun55 / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Obudu_road.jpg

Location: Obanliku, Cross Rivers.

Ngwo Pine Forest

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

Oshun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

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.

The river-side shrine at the Grove. / ChuksToluObu / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/River-SideShrineAndSacredGroveOfOsun.jpg

Location: Osogbo (outskirts), Osun.

Sukur Cultural Landscape

Remarkable dry stone architecture, farmlands, paved walkways, and a palace are what’s left of this once prominent iron-smelting civilization.

Stone formation at Sukur. / StefanCramer / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Sukur_Adamawa_Nigeria.jpg

Location: Madagali, Adamawa.

Millennium Park

The largest park in Nigeria’s capital city, its vast greenery and Italian architectural design attracts thousands of visitors each day.

Fountain at the Millennium Park. / Kingabizzy / Stone formation at Sukur. / StefanCramer / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Sukur_Adamawa_Nigeria.jpg

Location: Maitama, Abuja.

Ancient Kano City Walls

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.

A section of the Kano mud city walls. / David Holt / https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Kano_City_Mud_wall_Nigeria_Nov_1995_%281541425846%29.jpg

Location: Kano, Kano.

Gashaka Gumti National Park

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.

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