Tourism in Nigeria is under-exploited and under-publicised. The sector suffers from a lack of attention and development which consequently results in low patronage.
Essentially, hardly is there any tourist attraction in Nigeria that operates within its capacity. Here are 21 places every tourist must visit in Nigeria to get the full Nigerian experience.
OBUDU MOUNTAIN RESORT
Formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, the Obudu Mountain Resort is a ranch and resort situated in the mountains of Cross River.
The resort which is a top destination choice for tourists, was recently rehabilitated to create a more relaxing and serene environment.
LA CAMPAGNE TROPICANA
A true reflection of African beauty and elegance: La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort; situated at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean bordered by the freshwaters of Ikegun Lake.
With 29 fully furnished chalets that best suit your style and taste, La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort prides itself with the best Africa-design interiors in Africa. We have well experience, attentive and hospitable staff that would ensure that you are well taken care of, they ensure that each and every of our guest take home the best memories ever.
Our beach resort is entwined in the core freshness of nature amongst virgin trees and the lovely view of the gentle romantic reflection of the setting sun upon the calm Atlantic Ocean. The views are simply iconic; you can only find in La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.
All work and no play; you have to be here. At La Campagne Beach Resort, we have assorted games both on land and water to refresh your mind and team spirit with your family and colleagues. You’d always want to come back!
YANKARI GAMES RESERVE
Yankari Games Reserve is the ultimate safari getaway. It is said to have about the only wildlife left in Nigeria with the largest elephant population in West Africa.
Ideal for family vacations or a honeymoon destination, the Yankari Game Reserve is situated in Bauchi State in northeastern Nigeria.
Located in Kaduna, Kajuru Castle is actually not an ancient monument. Built in 1978 by a German expatriate, the castle’s architecture is very European. The castle is high up on a hill so the journey there is not for the faint-hearted or weak cars.
Regardless, once you get to the top, it’s absolutely a sight to behold.
The falls is located in Niger state and just an hour’s drive away from Abuja, if the bad roads permit you. Every January, the falls are reduced to a trickle and visitors can swim in clear waters at the bottom.
A plan is believed to be in motion to turn the area into a tourist resort with a 5-star hotel.
Why would you visit Nigeria and not visit the longest sand beach in West Africa?
Situated in Akwa Ibom, the beach is a relaxation spot for many tourists.
NGWO PINE FOREST
Ever seen so many pine trees side-by-side in the same area? Ngwo Pine Forest can be described as where nature births beauty.
Located in a farming community in Enugu state, the pine forest is a great spot for camping and picnics.
AWHUM WATERFALL AND CAVE
The state of Enugu has a lot to offer. Not too far from the Awhum Monastery is the Awhum Waterfall and Cave. Spilling over granite is water which forms a narrow river. Awhum is also a destination for Christian pilgrims.
This area is believed to have spiritual powers which chase away evil spirits as well as healing powers.
Cameras are not allowed there so as to not desecrate the work of the gods.
LONG JUJU SHRINE OF AROCHUKWU
Arochukwu is the third largest town in Abia State and one of the few existing kingdoms in Africa. Tourist attractions of Arochukwu include the mystical Ibini Ukpabi shrine, the slave routes and other relics of the slave trade era.
It is also in the food belt of Abia where most of the staples of food are produced.
BADAGRY SLAVE ROUTE
The Badagry slave route is an integral part of African history.
Here, you get to walk on the route where past generations were sold off into slavery and shipped to foreign lands.
GASHAKI GUMPTI NATIONAL PARK
Bordering Cameroon, this quiet town in Yola has one of the most overlooked attractions.
Gashaki-Gumpti National Park is Nigeria’s largest national park. If you’re thinking of going green and simply embrace nature, this is the place to be.
ALOK IKOM MONOLITHS
The Ikom Monoliths consist of over 300 carved stones in Cross Rivers state. The writings on the stones are yet to be deciphered but are said to represent an ancient form of communication. The stones stand about 1 to 2 meters in height.
The stone monoliths of Alok Ikom bear a form of writing and a complex system of codified information. Although they seem to share the same general features, each stone, like the human finger print, is unique from every other stone in its design and execution.
The geometric images on the monoliths suggest that their makers possessed more than a basic knowledge of mathematics, not only because they are geometric, but also because of the obvious implication that there were computations and numbers on the layout of the stones.
TINAPA BUSINESS AND LEISURE RESORT
Tinapa, built during the administration of Donald Duke, is where business mingles with pleasure. Located near the Calabar River in Cross River, it is the first merge of business and leisure resort in Nigeria.
It is also in close proximity to Calabar Free Trade Zone.
Some of the attractions found in Tinapa, include the Tinapa Games Arcade, Tinapa Water Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Tinapa Nollywood Studio.
OSUN OSHOGBO GROVE
The thick forest of the Osun Sacred Grove, on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, is one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria.
The Grove is believed to be the home of Osun (the Yoruba goddess of fertility).
It is littered with sanctuaries, shrines, sculptures and art works in honor of the Osun goddess.
SUKUR CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Sukur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site found on a hill above the village of Sukur or Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa State. Its key attractions include the palace, terraced fields, ritual features and villages whose unchanged settings have survived for many centuries.
Sukur is located in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state of Nigeria along Nigeria/ Cameroon border, some 290 km from Yola, the Adamawa state capital of north eastern Nigeria. It is a hilltop settlement which stood at an elevation of 1045 m. The total land area covered by the site is 1942.50 ha with core zone having 764.40 ha and the buffer zone 1178.10 ha respectively. Sukur is an ancient settlement with a recorded history of iron smelting technology, flourishing trade, and strong political institution dating back to the 16th century.
QUEEN AMINA’S WALLS
The walls is named after Hausa warrior, Queen Amina of Zazzau (now Zaria). Zaria city was originally surrounded by walls built by Queen Amina, but those walls have since been removed.
The Oban Hills rainforest lies in the southern section of the Cross River National Park of South-Eastern Nigeria and adjoin the Korup National Park in Western Cameroon. The steep-side hills are covered in ancient Biafran type rainforest. A “neck” between village enclaves serves as a crucial link between two sections of the Oban Hills.
42 species of snakes are reportedly found there while there are at least 75 mammal species. Some of which include – the African Buffalo, the endangered African Forest Elephants; Chimpanzee, Preuss’s Red Colobus and Sciater’s Guenon.
This tourist attraction is situated in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria.
The cave is segmented into sections and there are different stories about each section.
ANCIENT KANO CITY WALLS
Ancient Kano City Wall is a 14km radius earth structure, while associated sites are made up of these features, Dala Hills, Kurmi Market and Emir’s Palace. The ancient Kano city wals were built in order to provide security to the growing population. The foundation for the construction of the wall was laid by Sakri Gijimasu from 1095 – 1134 and was completed in the middle of 14th Century during the reign of Zamnagawa. In the 16th century, the walls were further extended to their present position. The gates are as old as the walls and were used to control movement of people in and out of the city. Though, most of them are largely in ruins.
Ancient Kano city Walls and associated sites are places of spiritual, historical and cultural significance. Dala Hill was the place of the first settlement in Kano city and it formed the nucleus for the peopling of the rest of the city and was the foundation of its economic and political development.
The site bear testimony to local craftsmanship and ingenuity as is evidenced in the materials used for the construction of the walls and palace. The ancient Kano city walls and associated sites is a cultural landscape that the people still pride themselves in. On the other hand, Kurmi market has retained its preeminence in the sale and marketing of traditional crafts in leather, local textile materials and clothing etc. The site can compare with other sites like Zaria city wall, Kufena archaeological site and Daura City wall in the northern part of Nigeria.
Located at the coastal town of Badagry, Coconut beach is towards the border of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, through the Lagos-Badagry expressway.
Badagry has the reputation of being a center of slave trade in West Africa, in the 1800s.
This is where you can enjoy the peaceful, relaxing version of Lagos – away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.
NEW AFRIKA SHRINE
In the words of ‘Lonely Planet’, “Just by showing up [at the Afrika Shrine], you’ll get a political education, a scandalizing lesson in shakin’ it, and a contact high.”
Located in Ikeja, Lagos, it was originally the famous Fela Kuti’s shrine before it was burnt down and revived by his children who currently run it.
While different grades of marijuana are on quick-sale, edibles like palm wine, Asun, Suya, etc. are sold there.
Every other night has a unique musical experience with Femi and Seun Kuti occasionally performing.