This is the second of a series of posts that would be exploring top tourism and sightseeing attractions in various African countries. The first post focused on top #10 Tourist place to visit in Nigeria. Whether you are in the country or you plan on visiting, here are ten vacation destinations worth visiting in Nigeria.
1.0 Tinapa Business Resort
It is the realization of an exciting dream – the first integrated business and leisure in resort in Nigeria. Tinapa Free Zone has world-class facilities that enable visitors to engage in retail and wholesale activities as well as leisure and entertainment.
Situated by the Calabar River, Tinapa is a business and leisure resort conceptualized to be an integrated business resort. It is a four phased development promoted by the Government of Cross River State, under a Private Public Partnership (PPP), and very close to Calabar Free Trade Zone.
2.0 La Campagne Tropicana
It also has luxuriously furnished holiday/investment homes with highly cosmopolitan African Decor. All rooms are fitted with ultra – modern appliances such as air – conditioners, TV and wireless Internet Service etc. it is also located within 2 minutes’ drive of a 27 – hole golf course currently under construction. Awaiting you there are Spa treatments, massage therapy, fully equipped cardiovascular gym with personal trainers. Cultural dance displays for guests / residents, fresh palm wine bar with an excellent ocean view, fine dining in elegant restaurants and much more. Other activities include hiking, hunting, horse riding, canoeing, ocean water fishing, aqua aerobics, beach volleyball, and soccer.
3.0. Obudu Mountain Resort
The resort provides accommodation in the form of African round huts and chalets on stilts maximizing the breathtaking views. It also offers self-contained suites varying in size from the 2-bedroom Governor’s Lodge with its own lounge/dining room and kitchenette to the 20 Mountain Villas, each with three bedrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchenette and balcony. There’s a fully equipped gym, two floodlight tennis courts, a squash court and a natural swimming pool. Keen golfers can show their prowess on the hotel’s 9-hole golf course.
4.0. Yankari National Park
Located in the South-Eastern part of Bauchi, Yankari National Park is undoubtedly Nigeria’s most developed animal reserve and park. The park has the largest collection of Animals than any other park in the country. It currently hosts 50 different species of animals and about 550 elephants – the largest herd of elephants in West Africa. It’s best visited between February and late April.
5.0 MicCom Golf Course Ada
MicCom Golf Hotels Resort is Nigeria’s only privately owned golf course with hotel facilities attached to it. It is situated in the rustic town of Ada in Osun State. The course is set in the serene, picturesque location deep within the lovely and tranquil forests of the South-West. This tranquility is only broken by the musical chirping of birds.
6.0. Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort
In order to give tourists and visitors a long-lasting experience, a well-landscaped 116-hectare resort is located around the warm spring at Ikogosi-Ekiti. The resort has one Executive VIP chalet, three VIP villas, twelve western suites, seventy-five standard rooms of different styles, themes and offerings and seven support staff quarters.
7.0 Idanre Hills
The historic Idanre hills are a marvelous tourist attraction in Ondo state. Located in Idanre town, 9 miles 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 colorful history. From a few miles to the town center, 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.
8.0 Mambilla Plateau
The Mambilla Plateau is a high grassland Plateau which is a part and extension of the Adamawa, Obudu, Shebbi and Atlantic mountain chain. The Mambilla Plateau, which lies to the southern edge of Taraba State, is renowned for its rich scenic beauty. It stands at well over 1,830 meters above sea level and has a temperate climate with lush pasture green vegetation. The access route up the Plateau and the canyons is a breath-taking delight, with snake-like winding road that ascend the Plateau and natural springs that bore through rocks adorn the road.
9.0 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 2,258 sq km 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 1228 sq km in the districts of Gulumba and Woloji in the Borno state. The sector is made of large acacia woodlands and is dotted with dense patches of elephant grass in a stratified formation that adds to the natural beauty of the ecosystem. The sector has recorded 66 species of birds which include black-crowned crane, Aviles bustard, Demoiselle crane, Arabian bustard, African-collared dove, yellow-breasted barbet and much more.
10.0 Owu Water Falls
This heaven on earth is located in Owu Isin Local Government of Kwara State. The existence of Owu Falls is untraceable, but the fall has been described as the highest and most spectacular natural waterfalls in West Africa. The water fall cascades 330 feet down an escarpment with rocky outcrops to a pool of ice cold water below which gives a beautiful landscape and offers visitors a refreshing atmosphere.
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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