Nigeria, in West Africa, is much more than home to the second largest film industry on the globe. For many people in love with the culture and beauty of the African terrain, Nigeria has always been a star attraction. It is a culturally diverse and vibrant country and one of the most densely populated places in Africa. But that has not marred its natural beauty and you can experience scenic waterfalls, the sea beaches, jungles and even hills and mountains when you travel through the country, we have listed the best hill stations in Nigeria specifically to give you a glimpse of the lesser-known holiday destinations of the country.
1. Obudu mountain resort
Perhaps the most well-known hill station in Nigeria is the Obudu Mountain resort, if you are looking for a tranquil and adventurous ambience with a moderately cool climate, this is the perfect place. It is one of the finest and most beautiful places of Nigeria. Cable cars, canopied walkways and many family activities together make this a perfect destination. It is located in the highlands of Nigeria and within deep tropical forests of Cross River States.
2. Ikogosi Warm Springs
Ikogosi warm springs is located in Southwest Nigeria. It is located between the steep-sided north south trending hills and at an altitude of 400-500meters above the sea level. The confluence of a cold spring and a hot spring happens here and both retain their thermal properties. This is what makes the place an attractive tourist destination. It is a natural wonder and a photographers’ haven. There is a bit of trekking involved as well to reach the destination, making it appealing to adventurers too.
3. Idanre Hills
The Idanre Hills are located in the Idanre Akute city in the Ondo state. It is an ancient city rich with culture and history. It is one of the best hill stations in Nigeria if you are looking to ‘experience the country’s culture, history and natural beauty altogether. There are steps cut through the hill to help you trek the rocky hills better. Take the 682 steps route which will take you to the highest point of the hill. It gives a glorious view of the city and the landscape below.
4. Erin Ijesha waterfalls
This is not exactly one of the hill stations in Nigeria, but Erin Ijesha waterfalls is a fascinating and adventurous destination nevertheless. It is a collection of seven cascading waterfall that flows down a cliff. If you have a taste for adventure and love quaint and dense forest areas, this can be a great place on your checklist for a honeymoon to Nigeria. Each level of the waterfalls has new surprises and beauty that is an experience worth the hassle of reaching the place. It is a great family destination as well as suitable for a day out.
5. Zuma Rocks
The Zuma rock is a large monolith located near Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. It is also known as the “gateway to Abuja from Suleja” and located to the west of the capital city. For any experience hiker, this is a safe hill station in Nigeria to visit. Otherwise, it is advised to be accompanied by someone who is trained in rock climbing if you are planning to scale the monolith. Being close to the capital city, the place has all the possible amenities but have not lost its natural charm. The rugged beauty of the place is a witnessed all over the country and makes it one of the most beautiful destinations you must visit.
6. Nok Settlement
The Nok settlement is another historically and culturally rich location of Nigeria which is famous for the plethora of terracotta models that have been excavated here. The ancient village is located at the foot of a hill and offers a spectacular insight of the ancient Nok settlement. For a history and archaeology buff, this is a perfect destination. The village also have a museum which hosts many of these archaeological marvels.
7. Gashaka Gumti National Park
Chappal Waddi which is the highest peak in Nigeria is located within this national park. The wildlife, greenery and entire natural terrain is also noteworthy here. Experience the most exotic flora and fauna that are exclusive to Africa here. The place has a serenity and mystic beauty that cannot be ignored. The wilderness sprawls over 6731 sq. km and calls for a proper vacation to explore its entirety. It is an adventurous destination and hence attracts numerous tourists across the world. It is named after two of the areas’ oldest and historic settlements. The plunging valleys, savannah plains, rivers and overall rugged terrain make the place the perfect destination for an adventurous trip.
8. Shere Hills
Nigeria is dotted with rugged and rocky formations and one such place is the Shere hills on the Jos Plateau. It is located approximately 10km east to the Jos metropolis. There are several high peaks within the Shere hills and they are around 829 meters above the sea level. This is also the third highest peak in Nigeria after the Chappal Waddi hills and the Mambila Plateau. Since it is close to the Jos metropolis, the destination is well connected. It is a great day out location and ideal for photographers and hikers.
9. Mpape Hills
The rocky cliffs are alluring adventure for hikers particularly. The location has a rugged natural beauty. There are small green hills, moss-lined footpaths, and a lake right at the foot of the cliff. The scenic beauty of the place is the primary attraction to visitors. It is also called the Mpape Crushed Rocks because of its rugged appearance. It has recently gained the popularity as a tourist attraction and much like a weekend destination for residents of Abuja.
Nigeria has many offbeat locations that are bound to gift you with beautiful memories for a lifetime. If you are planning a new vacation, these can be great destinations within a budget. Enjoy an adventurous and beautiful trip to Nigeria by including at least few of the places shared here.