Yuletide: Interesting Places To Visit In Nigeria
LaCampagne Tropicana Resort, one of the foremost African theme resorts in Ikegun, Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State, sits on 65 acres of land and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. This resort offers a unique blend of natural environments, which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea.
The resort provides world-class accommodation and a variety of activities to make sure you have an experience like no other on your visit. , The resort is even set to expand its business and explore the huge tourism opportunity in East Africa.
Tinapa Business Resort 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.
Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Resort is in Cross River State, situated close to the border of Cameroon. It offers the leisure seeker and the conference goer a complete contrast. Nestling at the top of the mountain, the Obudu Mountain Resort is situated on a plateau at 1576 meters above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the Sankwala Mountains. The temperate climate offers a total contrast and welcome respite from Africa’s tropical heat.
MicCom Golf Hotels Resort
This resort is the 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. The musical chirping of birds only breaks this tranquility. The Golf course is set within the most natural hazards, and its every golfer’s delight.
Ikogosi Warm Spring
In the heart of Ikogosi, a small, quiet town with rich, local customs, in the Western part of Ekiti State, lies a warm spring, which has now catapulted Ikogosi-Ekiti to national and international limelight. What is mysterious about the Ikogosi Warm Spring is the fact that, flowing side by side the warm spring, is another spring, a cold one. According to experts, it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation and this Ekiti flagship tourist destination is said to be the only one of its kind discovered anywhere in the world. The meeting point of the warm and cold springs is a unique attraction to tourists.
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.
Obudu Cattle Ranch
Obudu Cattle Ranch is located in Cross River State towards the Nigeria-Cameroon border in the South-East. The Ranch is over 1,524m, with a temperate weather condition to ensure green vegetation and grazing of cattle round the year. The Ranch is a tourist delight as a result of its divergent attractions. There are natural swimming pool, horse riding, beautiful waterfall to behold, gorilla camp, bird watching, sporting facilities and accommodation.
Some short distance away from the Nigeria-Cameroon border is the very captivating sight called Agbokim Waterfalls. The Falls situated in Cross River State lies less than 30km from Ikom and is highly recommended for picnics. The falls are pleasantly surrounded by green vegetation.
Near the Nkpologu campus of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) is found this very important mineral deposit. The hill, which is more than 300 metres above sea level and almost half a kilometre long, has silica, an important raw material for the manufacture of glasses. The surrounding environment is very captivating with hills, valleys and plaips, beautifully wrapped up such that one cannot ignore its breath-taking views.
Mbari Cultural Centre
This is the home of Mbari sculptural house. These sculptures are robust art manifestations of the prevalent social life and a monumental art sacrifice to “ALA” the earth goodness. In Mbari, Imo State there are very many objects like the terrorising beast, the plastic forms of symbols of the prevalent deities among which is the “ALA” herself, the Amadioha (Thunder god), the Ogwugwu (forest god) each deity with his or her mystical messengers such as snakes, monkeys, rams, tortoise and owl are properly represented. A number of symbolic models were sculptured or painted. These sculptures reflect the lgbo aesthetics. The Mbari Cultural Centre is an open-air museum and found in Ikenegbu layout Owerri and at Eke-Nguru in Aboh Mbaise.
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