Places To Visit On A Family Vacation in Nigeria is blessed with so many natural and breathtaking sights. From the beautiful hills and plateaus to the awesome waterfalls. You can’t help but agree that we have certain attractions that are just outstanding and out of this world. This is why it is a bother when we spend money on international vacations when we are yet to exhaust the wonders of the massive reserve of natural and man-made beauties we have locally.
Below are the top ten beautiful places to visit on a Family Vacation In Nigeria
#1. Obudu Cattle Ranch:
The Obudu Mountain Resort offers a fully equipped gym, a golf course, two floodlit tennis courts, a squash court and a natural swimming pool. The tours to view the magnificent scenery and spectacular bird-life are a must for visitors to this part of the world and these tours can be taken on foot or on bicycle. For those who forgot to pack binoculars, the Canopy Walkway which is situated in the trees allows visitors thrilling close-ups of the birds in their natural habitat high above the ground. A major impressive point for guests is Africa’s longest cable car system. At 4 kilometres, Obudu Mountain Resort cable car gently transfers guests (and their luggage) from the tropical climate at the base of the mountain right to the hotel’s reception area on the mountainside which is often in the clouds and is accompanied by an invigorating drop in temperature.
#2. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort:
La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort is a 65 acre tranquil paradise located just an hour’s drive from Victoria Island in Lagos State. This resort offers a unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. The resort provides world class accommodation and a variety of activities to ensure an experience like no other on your visit. The staffs are professional and friendly and the cuisine is second to none with 24hrs security. Care has always been taken to ensure that the Infrastructure at the resort blends in perfectly with the surroundings so that the spectacular ambiance of the tropical countryside is not lost.
#3. Oguta Lake Holiday Complex:
In Oguta Local Government Area, Imo State is located Oguta fresh water Lake. Oguta Holiday Resort has a lot of facilities and services to make your family enjoy their vacation which includes: Golf course of international standard, mini children recreational park, cruise boat services much more. Swimming is another activity and the confluence of Oguta Lake and Urashi River make for good sightseeing.
#4. Abraka Turf and Country Club
Located on the plains of Delta coastline, Abraka Turf and Country Club offers savannah adventure, natural reserves and clear emerald green river. It’s a holiday retreat for families and it provides recreational activities to keep adults and children happy. Watching the river flowing rhythmically and slowly is a fascinating way to bond with both your family and nature.
#5. Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens
Located at the heart of Lagos, Jhalobia Recreation Park and Gardens features children’s play ground, waterfalls, sculpture, green lawns, exotic trees, flowers and palms, ponds and much more. A perfect atmosphere to bond with both nature and your family.
#6. Idanre Hills:
The historic Idanre hills are a marvellous tourist attraction in Ondo state. Located in Idanre town, 15km southwest of Akure, the state capital, Idanre Hills is no dreamland or imagery of sorts. Said to be 800 years old and reached by about 640 steps with 5 resting points on your way to the top, it is a breathtaking landscape that also provides a window to the town’s colourful history. From a few kilometres to the town centre, a first time visitor will not cease to marvel at the aesthetics, architecture and thoroughness employed by nature in the assemblage of hills of various shapes and sizes at Idanre, also called ‘Oke Idanre’ by the locals.
#7. Millennium Park:
Millennium Park is the largest public park in Abuja. A narrow river run through the centre of the park, there are pleasant walkways with fountains and lights. A section of the park is devoted to scientific knowledge of the natural environment, it has Italian-style garden layout while another section comprises of untouched nature with brushwood and greenhouses for tropical birds and butterflies.
#8. The Chad Basin National Park:
The Chad Basin National Park is a delight for nature-lovers. Located in the Sudano-Sahelian ecological zone of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria between Borno and Yobe States, Chad Basin National Park covers a total area of 2,258km2 and fragmented into three sectors. The Chingurmi-Duguma sector, which is in Borno State, is in a Sudanese Savanna ecological zone while the Bade-Nguru Wetlands and Bulatura sectors are in Yobe State in the Sahel ecological zone. The park which is generally referred to as the conventional basin of the famous Lake Chad, is indeed a veritable heaven of adventure where visitors are spoilt with activities that will make the spirit soar. The largest is the Chingurmi-Duguma Sector covering an estimated 1228sq km in the districts of Gulumba and Woloji in the Borno state.
#9. Olumo Rock, Abeokuta -Tourist Centre:
Located in Abeokuta, Ogun State is Olumo Rock; a massive outcrop of granite rocks of prehistoric formation. The highest point of the rock is about 137m above sea level. There are several caves on the rock a few of which is 20 feet long and 25 feet wide. It is such a serene environ for family vacation.
#10. Enemabia Warm Spring:
Ememabia Warm Spring located in Benue State is a spectacular location for swimming in its natural warm water. It is also an amazing spot for family excursion as the scenery of its surrounding make for a good family sightseeing adventure.
There are more places to visit in this vacation filled country like the Ogbunike caves in Anambra, the Azumini Blue River in Abia, the Agbokim waterfalls in Cross river and the NOK village in Kaduna; Nigeria boasts of a haven of scenic beauties and the list is endless. We hope you will find time to visit one of the top ten selected vacation places in Nigeria.
Sanusi M Olaitan is a Senior Associate at maboplus. An undergraduate student of Federal University of Agric. Abeokuta, studying computer science. Murphy loves Graphic Designs,Surfing Internet, Reading, Writing