Contrary to popular belief, Nigeria is more than a simple developing country. Like any country, it has a variety of tourist attractions many are not aware of. Nigeria is a land rich in culture and history, along with incredible beaches, hot springs, and tourist resorts – there is no limit to the attractions you can visit and see for yourself. If you want to visit Nigeria as a tourist, here are some of the most popular tourist destinations you should definitely have on your radar when you get there!
Tucked away in Osun State, the Olumirin Waterfalls are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria. The area has everything an adventurous soul might need – gushing waterfalls, sharp cliffs, greenery everywhere you look. Besides visiting the site for its scenic beauty, it’s also a great place for mountaineering or hiking if those are your areas of interest! On top of all that, the locals are a delight! If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to meet them, welcoming you with their songs and elaborate dances.
Obudu Cattle Ranch
The Obudu Ranch Resort or the Obudu Cattle Ranch is located in Cross River state. The resort perches more than five thousand feet above sea level, quite literally up in the clouds! The temperatures tend to drop relatively low, so make sure you have some extra layers on you. The resort has all sorts of activities for tourists, from stunning waterfalls to scenic forests, natural pools, hiking trails, and even a Gorilla camp! You’ll be hard-pressed to find this variety elsewhere!
In Taraba State lies the Mambilla Plateau, a favorite among the energetic and adventure-loving tourists. True, reaching the plateau is no easy feat, but the end result is worth the energy and time you exert to get there. Once you reach the plateau, you are greeted with the most mesmerizing scenery you might encounter in your life. The Mambilla Plateau is particularly popular among the younger travelers and those who have a taste for exciting and energy-exerting activities!
This one is for the explorers out there! Located in Anambra State, the Ogbunike Caves are perfect for adventurers and explorers who prefer slight intrigue and danger rather than the comfort and calm of a holiday resort. Although scary at first sight, the caves are incredible for an afternoon of exploring. There are wild animals, tunnels, and spiritual ceremonies – what more could an explorer want?
Gashaka-Gumti National Park
As the largest park in Nigeria, Gashaka-Gumti spans two states – Adawama and Taraba – with an area of almost 6,600 sq. km! It’s not all grassland – with its massive size, the park covers everything from scrubs and savannas to forests and peaks. It’s perfect for animal lovers too. You’ll find various species, including but not limited to giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, and hogs. The ponds even have hippopotamus and crocodiles in them, so beware of them!