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Visit Nigeria; Africa’s Home of Tourism

Over the years, the majority of Nigerians have never hidden their preference to travel outside the country for tourism. According to figures released by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigerians spent over 9.01 billion dollars on foreign travel from 2009 to 2021. If these lush funds were retained here in Nigeria, they could turn around the entire tourism and travel subsectors.

Interestingly, many players in the tourism and hospitality sub-sectors in Nigeria agree that the sector can contribute meaningfully to foreign exchange earnings, help balance our national economy, and set it on the path of growth. Nigeria, no doubt, is a potential tourist paradise that boasts good tropical weather, a variety of wildlife, awe-inspiring waterfalls, historical relics, captivating beaches, rolling hills, and mind-boggling caves, coupled with warm-hearted and culturally active people.

Here are some exotic tourist destinations in Nigeria you wouldn’t want to miss.

  1. GEMBU TOWN

Gembu town is situated on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State, North Eastern, Nigeria. It is the headquarters of the Sarduana Local Government Area. It sits at an average elevation of about 1,348 meters above sea level. It is among the highest-elevated towns in Nigeria. Gembu is blessed with high, tall hills lush with tea plantations, fantastic streams, waterfalls, and cattle ranches.

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2. YANKARI GAMES RESERVES 

In Bauchi State, northern Nigeria, there is a sizable wildlife park called Yankari Games Reserves. It has a surface area of roughly 2,244 square kilometres and has a large variety of flora and wildlife in addition to various natural warm-water springs. Because of its prime location in the centre of the West African savanna, it offers travellers and vacationers a singular opportunity to observe animals in their natural settings. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast. However, these numbers have recently decreased as insecurity persists in the area, even though Bauchi is generally safe.

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3. ALMAT FARM

Almat Farm is located in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, a ten-minute drive from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. It engages in the commercial production and sale of vegetables and livestock. They also provide pasture grounds for livestock grazing. The farm is a leisure and corporate gateway destination that allows one time away from all the bustling noise of city life to relax, refresh, and reinvigorate oneself. Almat Farm has redefined the agrotourism sector in Abuja and its environs.

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4. FUGAR CAVES

A group of early humans are considered to have lived in these prehistoric caves. According to accounts, Oghodoghodo has a bigger capacity and can accommodate up to 200 people, but Edegbake, the smaller of the two, can comfortably handle 50 people.

A meandering stream in Edegbake offers opportunity for excursions, leisurely strolls, and amateur fishing. Near Fugar, in the Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State, are these caverns.

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5. ZUMA ROCK RESORT

Few Nigerians are aware that on the outskirts of Abuja, close to the well-known Zuma Rock, there is a lovely resort. The resort boasts one of Nigeria’s best golf courses and offers luxurious hotel, meeting space, and conference facilities. The resort is about 35km from Abuja city center.

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6. OGBUNIKE CAVES

These caves are located in Anambra State, few kilometers to Onitsha, the commercial nerve center of Eastern Nigeria. The entrance to the main cave is a large, open chamber that is approximately 5 meters high, 10 meters wide, and 30 meters long. The main room has twelve tunnels that branch off in various directions. Large chambers and other tunnels of various lengths, some of which are interconnected, can be found inside the tunnels. A sizable colony of bats of varying sizes lives in the caves. Several locations have streams and bodies of water. One of the tunnels has a stream that empties into the swift-moving River Nkissa. The warm water from the caves and the chilly river water may both be felt where the river and the stream converge. Visitors to the caves can relax on a table area that is around 5 X 5 square meters large and located next to this section of the river. Up to 200 meters around the caverns, the nearby surroundings are covered with dense tropical rainforest-style flora. The site has enough perimeter (20 hectares) to shield its values from the direct impacts of encroachment by people.

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7. OBUDU CATTLE RANCH 

Cross River state, specifically, in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta, is where Obudu is situated. Many local and foreign travelers call it home. Nigerian nature has often returned home to rest, as seen in Obudu Ranch. It’s interesting to note that a Scottish man named M. McCaughley created the ranch in 1951. Obudu cattle ranch is home to thousands of Tourists yearly and its known for its hilly and serene mountains.

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8. KAJURU CASTLE

The elite, opulent Kajuru castle is a faithful recreation of Bavarian medieval grandeur. The bustling city of Kaduna, the former capital of northern Nigeria, lies roughly 44 kilometres away from the castle. Kajuru Castle is located in the Southern Kaduna town of Kajuru, which has been ravaged by insecurity in recent times. The huge medieval building, which a German ex-pat constructed between 1981 and 1989, is a masterpiece of architecture and continues to draw many Nigerians and visitors from around the world.

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9. AWHUM CAVE

The Awhum cave, which is situated in Amaugwe village in Awhum town, Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State, is a well-known tourist attraction in south-eastern Nigeria. A huge outcrop of granite rock called Awhum Cave was created by the flow of water, which created a stream at the top. Through the seasons, a portion of the waterfall is often warm.

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10. LEKKI CONSERVATION CENTER

The facility, which was built by the Chevron Corporation for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as a reserved sanctuary for the rich flora and fauna of the Lekki Peninsula, was established in 1990 to serve as a biodiversity conservation icon and environment education center. Since then, the company has provided annual funding for the management of the center.

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