Popular Tourist Destinations Found in Nigeria
Over the years, tourism has become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world and the revenue generated from tourism cannot be over emphasized. To put it in context, according to the UNWTO, “the business volume of tourism equals or even surpasses that of oil exports, food products or automobiles”.
Without a doubt, Nigeria has so many natural sites one wonders why the sector remains untapped. It would shock you to know that Nigeria has tourist destinations that are very similar to tourist attractions internationally.
KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL CENTER/NATIONAL WAR MUSEUM UMUAHIA
The National War Museum in Umuahia gets little or no publicity, the Nigerian civil war is significant to our history and should be archived for generations to witness. leaves a sour taste in everyone’s mouth and people do not want to talk about it. Listed as #1 of 53 things to do in Kigali on Trip Advisor, a reviewer described the Kigali Genocide Memorial as ” a very powerful well done memorial with good historical background”.
JEITA GROTTO/OGBUNIKE CAVES
Jeita grotto, a limestone cave, is the longest cave in the Middle East with an overall length of nearly 9 kilometers. The attractions in Jeita Grotto include cable cars, trains, miniature zoo, gardens, an air-conditioned theater, several restaurants, souvenir shops and snack bars.
Covering over 20 hectares of land, the Ogbunike Caves at the Uyi Local Government Area in Anambra State “boasts” of one million bats and a lengthy walkway made up of 317 steps constructed by the Anambra State Government in the mid-90s.
WHITE RIVER/RIVER ETHIOPE
The only difference between white river in Jamaica and River Ethiope in Abraka is a government that recognizes tourism potential and invests in it. River Ethiope gets its source from the roots of a tree in the Umuaja community which flows into the Oloku Stream and then becomes the Ethiope River. The locals in the Umuaja community believe that this tree is sacred and they worship it. The Ethiope River cuts across three Local Governments in Delta State and then flows into the Atlantic Ocean. River Ethiope should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Nigeria.