Have you been to the most beautiful places in Nigeria? Nigeria is not only richly endowed with human and natural resources; it is also highly blessed with major tourist sites. These sites attract people from all over the world from different races, tribes, color and religions.
Tourist attractions have the capacity to draw attention from all around the world, and this power extends beyond the construction of a physical structure to include constructions or locations of natural and physical significance.
They portray historical significance and outstanding beauty capable of awe and amusement to the general public; the physical evidence of brilliant architectural designs and brain work, combined with the mysterious dynamism of natural ingenuity, make them the go-to place for a memorable tourism experience.
For most families, vacation is a special bonding time; the bonds and memories made during such family experiences create stories that will linger for generations. Children get a lot of knowledge from exploring new places and connecting with individuals from other backgrounds.
We have been able to compile a list of top tourist sites.
Yankari National Park is a huge wildlife park in northeastern Nigeria, located in the south-central region of Bauchi State. It has a total area of 2,244 square kilometers (866 square miles) and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, as well as several natural warm water springs.
Its location in the center of the West African savanna provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for tourists and vacationers to observe wildlife in its native habitat. Yankari was established as a game reserve in 1956, but in 1991 it was classified as Nigeria’s largest national park.
It is Nigeria’s most popular tourist destination, and as such, it plays a critical role in the growth and promotion of tourism and environmental protection.
2. Tinapa resort (Cross Rivers)
Tinapa is a business and recreational resort in the Calabar Free Trade Zone, located north of Calabar municipality in Cross River State, Nigeria. It was built in four stages as part of a Cross River State government-led Private Public Partnership (PPP). The resort is next to the Calabar Free Trade Zone and is located along the Calabar River.
Tinapa’s architectural design is breath-taking, with a wholesale emporium, retail outlets, food court with takeaway outlets, administrative centers, parking space for 3000 cars and coaches, wave pool, standing wave surfing, lazy river drop, water slides, picnic area, children’s pool and play area.
The mud bar, a branded nightclub, an arts and crafts village, and a man-made lake make up the fisherman’s hamlet. Tinapa is one of the top tourist attractions in Nigeria.
Tinapa is a world-class structure because of all of these factors. All of these facilities are backed up by a reliable, uninterruptible power supply system that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, first-rate ICT infrastructure, and top security.
3. Obudu cattle ranch (Cross Rivers)
Obudu Mountain Resort, previously Obudu Cattle Ranch, is one of Nigeria’s most attractive and enjoyable tourist destinations. In the northeastern portion of Cross Rivers State, on the Obudu Plateau, close to the Cameroon border.
This resort center has developed in popularity as a popular tourist attraction site. Chalets, ordinary rooms, executive rooms, huts, and presidential suites are available at Obudu Mountain Resort. Although this resort is open all year, the months of October to February are the finest for visiting because the sky is brilliant and the air is cold.
4. Ikogosi warm spring (Ekiti State)
The warm spring at Ikogosi is nestled away in the rustic and quiet village of Ikogosi-Ekiti in the Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State, Nigeria, in a valley from the surrounding hills. Spring vegetation is a dense forest with natural and abundant vegetation that is well-maintained and safeguarded from arbitrary deforestation.
The spring covers around 31.38 acres and is well protected from erosion by towering and evergreen trees. During the dry season and on bright days, the trees also serve as a sort of shade under which tourists can rest. The area’s undulating geography, as well as the symmetry of the surrounding hills, contribute to the area’s scenic beauty.
What makes the Ikogosi Warm Spring fascinating is that it is flanked by another spring, a frigid one. Ikogosi’s warm and cold springs emerge from close proximity, unite at a point, and flow together onward, each spring keeping its thermal character.
The heated spring can reach 70 degrees Celsius at its source and 37 degrees Celsius after it meets the cold spring. The convergence of warm and cold springs is a unique tourist attraction. Get ready for a wonderful time here and for our picture lovers, you won’t regret visiting here.
5. Badagry (Lagos State)
A town in Lagos State where relics and major artefacts of the slave trade era are being displayed. Artefacts such as guns used and the chain locks that were used. These items were kept under the care of the Mobe family.
This town is also the home of the first story building in Nigeria and the spot where Christianity was first preached. Badagry is also the first point of contact between Nigerians and Europeans.
6. Idanre hills (Ondo State)
The Idanre Hills are a historic city perched on a hill in the city of Idanre Akure, Ondo State. The landscape of Idanre Hill is well-known. Its cultural diversity, including ‘Owa’s Palace,’ shrines, The Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, thunder water (Omi Apaara), and burial grounds, has earned the area prominence and the nation’s submission for the UNESCO World Heritage Site shortlist.
It is about 3000 feet (914 meters) above sea level and is home to a unique environment that has been integrated into the cultural landscape. Make sure you climb the 682 steps to the top of the hill with your family to take in the city’s stunning scenery.
7. The Mambila Plateau (Taraba State)
In Nigeria’s Taraba State, the Mambilla Plateau can be found. This Plateau is 1,830 meters above sea level and has a temperate climate and lush green grassland has a temperate climate. On the famed Mambilla Plateau, exotic plants such as apples, pears, strawberries, tea, Irish potatoes, and Arabica coffee thrive. Tourists enjoy relaxing at cafes while sipping coffee.
Tsetse flies and mosquitoes are not present in the plateau’s ecosystem. The winding uphill road that leads to this tourist destination is surrounded by cliffs, providing an exciting experience.
Olumo Rock is a mountain in Nigeria’s southwest. It was traditionally used as a natural fortress during inter-tribal fighting in the eighteenth century and is located near Abeokuta, Ogun State. Its patron spirit is known as an Orisha in the Yoruba religion.
The term Olumo is made up of two words: “olu” (which means “God”) and “mo” (which means “moulded”), which together indicate “God has ended our sorrows and troubles.”
It’s no surprise that this rock is in Abeokuta, as the name Abeokuta means “under the rock,” and the city has long been a popular tourist destination in Nigeria. Since the 19th century, Olumo Rock has acted as a fortification and a rock of offense for the people of Egba Land.
Natural tunnels, peculiar trees, natural cantilevers, gardens on the rock, broken walkways, memorials to the religious system of the rock’s primaeval settlers, and other attractions may be found at Olumo Rock. You don’t want to miss out on these sights, do you?
9. Osun state Sacred Grove (Osun State)
UNESCO has designated the Osun Sacred Grove as one of the world’s finest heritage sites. Because it is high on the list of tourist places in Nigeria, this sacred woodland attracts a large number of travellers from all over the world.
The Osun Sacred Grove is situated on the outskirts of Oshogbo, the state capital of Osun, on the banks of the Osun River in Nigeria’s south-western region.
The Yoruba people of Osun state believe that the Osun sacred grove is where Osun, their fertility goddess, resides. Every year in Oshogbo, there is a major festival honoring this deity. In this tourist site, temples and statues of many deities are dispersed throughout the forest.
Again, the forest has over 400 distinct plant species, the majority of which are used for medicinal purposes.
10. Zuma Rock (Niger State)
The Zuma Rock is a prominent tourist attraction in Nigeria, located in Madalla, Niger State, north of Abuja. In most cases, it’s a monolithic Inselberg with a human face. It’s a cloud of sand that lingers over Zuba Town like a mist.
The Zuba people regard it as a specific form of respect paid by other mountains due to its royal presence in the neighborhood, and the Zuba people see it as a special form of respect paid by other mountains due to its royal presence in the neighborhood.
You can see the popular Zuma Rock Fire if you visit Zuma Rock between April and October, which coincides with the rainy season in central Nigeria, where this beautiful rock is located.
You’ll be enthralled by the sight of this fire when the pinnacle of this well-known rock catches fire due to heavy rain. Over time, the Zuma Rock Fire has remained one of the most well-known wonders of the Zuma Rock.