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15+ Amazing Tourist Destinations In Nigeria You Should Know In 2020.

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Introduction.

Despite all hurdles and challenges facing Nigeria as a nation .

She keeps striving to overcome as well as keep her position as the Giant of Africa and also the only nation in the world to be inhabited by over 250 tribes with diverse languages, culture and still not yet divided long after the amalgamation.

However regardless of her challenges as a nation, Nigeria is still one of the best place to live and grow up in.

The most populated country in Africa, Nigeria has become an untapped tourist paradise with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well preserved tradition and a huge blend of cultural heritage.

 

Fun Facts About Nigeria.

There is not time to define the history of Nigeria or go about stating past events here right from the amalgamation to the post colonial era.

Here are some very quick interesting facts your ought to know about Nigeria.

1. Nigeria was the only country in Africa to have never eradicated polio.

Polio came to Nigerian as an epidemic, but through constant vaccination we were able to completely eradicated Polio.

2. HIV/AIDS rate in Nigeria is much lower compared to the other African nations such as Kenya or South Africa.

Compared to other parts of the world, Nigerians play safe a lot.

3. There are 521 languages that have been spoken in Nigeria; nine of them are now extinct.

The numerous amount of ethnic group and languages makes Nigeria a wonder of the world.

4. Nigeria’s largest city is Lagos with a population of 14 million.

The center of excellence and the economic capital of West Africa, Lagos

5. Nigeria has a space satellite .

Do you know that Nigeria have it’s own satellite that is monitored at the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency Headquarters in Abuja

6. Next to petroleum, the second biggest source of foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria are money sent home by Nigerians living abroad.

Do you know that Nigeria are every where in every part of the world.
Most of them go overseas to seek greener pastures and send financial aid to their families abroad.

7. Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves.

8. The highest point in Nigeria is Chappal Waddi located in Taraba state .
Taraba is one of the coldest locations In Nigeria, it can be as low as 9 degrees celcius around December.

9. The first coup was in January 1966 and was led mostly by Igbo soldiers under Majors Emmanuel Ifeajuna and Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu.

10. The Federation of Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom on 1 October 1960.

Nigeria never became a completely free nation until 1963, despite gaining independence it still
retained the British monarch, Elizabeth II, as nominal head of state and Queen of Nigeria Till 1963 when the nation established a Federal Republic.

11. The port of Calabar became one of the largest slave trading posts in West Africa in the era of the transatlantic slave trade.

12. The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.

13. Nigeria is the world’s 20th largest economy as of 2015.
The Nigerian economy is the first in Africa and 20th in the world.

14. Nigeria is the seventh most populated Nation on earth and the first in Africa.

Nigeria is home to over 200 Million people, making it the most populated nation in Africa and the seventh in the world accounting for over 70% it population as youth and young adults.

15. Nigeria has the most ethnic groups and Languages than any other nation.
The combination of numerous groups in Nigeria has made it one of the wonders of this world. Despite the high number of Languages and ethnicity Nigeria is the only nation still not divided.

16. Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world.

The Nigerian Movie industry is called Nollywood and has been recently rated as the largest movie producing industry behind counterparts like India’s Bollywood and the American Hollywood.

This owes to the numerous population and ethnic diversity possessed by Nigeria

17. There are More Twins In Nigeria Than Any Other nation.

The Igbo Ora Town located in Oyo State at south western part if Nigeria is home to numerous child bearing of twins and is even labelled the Home of Twins.

18. The largest christian annual gathering in the world is held here in Nigeria.

Nigeria is indeed a very religious nation, and one that has respect for civilization and moral ethics.

Religion has always been taken so seriously in Nigeria making it the next powerful institution behind the federal government.

I wrote earlier that Nigeria has the more Muslims than Saudi Arabia and i went as far to prove my findings and it was actually true.

Nigeria is also home to the largest christian community worldwide holding the largest christian annual gathering in the world.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God with headquarters in Nigeria is responsible for this, gathering over 15 – 30 million Christians annually in its annual programmed called the Holy Ghost congress

Tourist Destinations In Nigeria You Should Know

Nigeria is strategically located in west Africa and this has led to the creation of amazing tourist centers within it borders notwithstanding, some of them are.

1. The Ibeno Beach.

 

 

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A blissful destination for tourists stretched over 245km on a sand bank in Ibeno lies the Ibeno Beach, a little haven for leisure seekers.
The roaring waves, spots for sunbathing, unpolluted foliage of the mangrove forest, cool breeze from the water and a lush surrounding give this destination an unimaginable allure for tourists.

Location: Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State

2. Obudu Mountain Resort.

 

 

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Above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the famous Sankwala Mountains sits majestically the Obudu Mountain Resort. The temperate climate, breathtaking views, idyllic tranquility and beautiful scenery has made this resort one of the famous tourists’ sites in Nigeria.

Location: Obudu, Cross River State

3. Ngwo Pine Forest.

 

 

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The unique forest dynasty that is found in Ngwo Pine is a huge draw for visitors, romantically set by Mother Nature with sharp twists for adventure seekers, beautifully set pine trees and gently flowing stream for lovers, and the loud splashing of the waters inside the dark cleft inside a cave would blow off one’s imagination.

Location: Ngwo, Enugu State22. Coconut Beach

4. Coconut Beach.

 

 

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No place tells the story of tourism fused with history like Badagry. It has breathtaking and beautiful ocean views, a perfect place for relaxation. 20 miles before you get to the Republic of Benin lies Coconut beach, and it is surrounded by a lot of coconut trees.

Location: Badagry, Lagos State

5. Bar Beach.

 

 

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If you are looking for a beach without plants or even coconut trees, Lagos Bar Beach should be your destination. Located close to the center of the magnificent Victoria Island and it is open to the public. The cool breeze from the ocean and the ocean side walk can be thrilling. Not forgetting the occasional parties and events that take place here.

Location: Victoria Island, Lagos

6. Millennium Park.

 

 

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The Millennium Park is the largest public park in the capital city of Abuja. It is situated in the Maitama district. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was the one who inaugurated the park that has become kids’ paradise and a relaxation haven.

Location: Maitama, Abuja

7. Nana Living History Museum.

 

 

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The magnificent national monument of the Nana Living History Museum is situated in Koko in Warri, a museum that was built by a powerful 19th century business man, Chief Nana Olomu Ebrohimi.

Location: Warri, Delta State

8. The Ancient Nok Settlement

All over the world, the antiquities from the Ancient Nok Settlement are seen in galleries and museums. This little archaeologists’ haven is located in Jaba Local government. It was here that the Terracotta figurine was discovered in the world.

Location: Jaba , Kaduna State

9. New Afrika Shrine (Fela Shrine).

 

 

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When you feel like getting lost in music from the legendary Fela’s family,the New Afrika Shrine is where you should visit. This is the replacement of the original Shrine that was burnt down.

A cover charge of N500 is collected. It is located in Adeleye Street, Ikeja.

Location: Ikeja, Lagos State

10. Abuja Arts And Crafts Village

Abuja Arts and Crafts Village is located at the Central Business District in Abuja , behind the Silverbird Cinema. There are lots of artefacts and handicrafts here for visitors to see and even buy.

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

11. Kainji National Park.

 

 

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Kainji National Park was established in1978 which has 3 distinct sectors, the Borgu Game Reserve, the Zugurma Game Reserve and the Kainji Lake where fishing is prohibited. It is situated in Kwara and Niger State.

Location: Niger State

12. Yankari National Park.

 

 

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In Bauchi State is the 2,244 km2 Yankari National Park; a home to wildlife in the state’s South-Central part. It houses a lot of natural warm water springs and it is the one of West Africa’s eco-destinations.

Location: Bauchi State

13. Awhum Waterfall.

 

 

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Awhum boasts of numerous immaculate lakes, waterfall and a monastery.
The waterfall forms beautiful scenery where water cascades over its top forming a stream, which has become a religious tourist site. It is close to the Awhum Monastery.

Location: Awhum, Enugu State

14. Arochukwu Long Juju Slave Route.

 

 

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The sacred altar, a six foot gully that takes people to the temple and the waterfall in Arochukwu Long Juju Slave route, beg tourists to explore the shrine of Ibn Ukpabi and the cult momument of Kamula.

Location: Arochukwu, Abia State

15. The Giant Footprint of Ukhuse Oke

In a sacred grove where prehistory meets the modern, between a village called Ukhuse-oke and Ukhuseosi lies this distinct footprints of a prehistoric giant that are embedded permanently on flat granite rocks.

Location: Owan, Edo State

16. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach.

 

 

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If you are looking for a destination where you can run away from the bustling life of a city; one that is built on an artificial sand beach, Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is where you should be. It is a leisure hub along Kolabi Creek.

Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State

17. Gashaki-Gumpti National Park.

 

A national park that offers a fascinating insight into life in medieval times in Nigeria is the Gashaki-Gumpti National Park. It is located within the Chappal Wadi, Mountain, Chappal Hendu and the Mountain of Wind. It is Nigeria’s largest and most diverse National Park.

Location: Gashaki-Gumpti, Taraba State

18. Alok Ikom Monoliths.

 

 

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300 carved stones standing upright in circles, facing each others in groups with images and texts inscribed on the monoliths are how you would see Alok Ikom Monoliths (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that are in form of a phallus.

Location: Ikom, Cross River state

19. Isaac Boro Garden Park

Isaac Boro Garden Park is situated opposite the Mile One Bridge along the Old GRA in Port Harcourt. Today, it has become a tourist location where baseball and softball are played and a center for trade fairs and live entertainment. The tomb of Major Isaac Boro, a soldier killed in the Nigeria Civil War lies here.

Location – Rivers State

20. The Tinapa Free Zone & Resort.

The charm of Calabar mingled with the taste of its rich culture gives Tinapa Free Zone & Resort that magnificent scenario that mesmerizes tourists. It has 860,000 sq ft lettable retail space, an entertainment strip that houses a digital cinema, restaurants, a mini amphitheater, casino, and children’s arcade, a Studio Tinapa for Nollywood, a night club and pubs. Visit: Tinapa Free Zone and Resort

Location: Calabar, Cross River State

21. Osun-Osogbo Grove.

 

 

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This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures and art works that are created in the honour of the goddess of fertility, Osun. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated along the Oshun River.

Location: Oshogbo, Osun State

22. The Emotan Statue.

Located opposite the Oba market in Benin City- Emotan Statue stands majestically, clad in her traditional wrapper and a headgear that is associated with royalty in the Benin Kingdom.

Location: Benin, Edo State

23. The Royal Palace Of Oba Of Benin.

The royal palace of the Oba of Benin is a UNESCO listed heritage site, centrally located near the King’s Square. It holds a huge collection of sculptural pieces of a lot of Benin Obas in bronze, ancestral shrines and ivory.

Location: Benin, Edo State

24. Sukur Cultural Landscape.

 

 

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Madageli- is the home of the Sukur cultural landscape is populated with traditional cemeteries and ritual terraced areas. Blessed with lush avifauna and situated on top of the Mandara Mountains. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Madageli, Adamawa State

25. Queen Amina’s Wall.

In the city of Zazzau (Zaria) was built well-fortified walls to protect the ancient city by Queen Amina of Zaria, who is renowned for her wise military exploits and strategies so many years. This wall still stands majestically in the modern city of Zaria.

Location: Zaria, Kaduna State

26. Surame Cultural Landscape

When it comes to the wonders of human creativity, ingenuity and civilization, Surame cultural landscape makes that possible. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has walls made of huge stones and a palace for the village chief; Hidi.

Location: Surame, Sokoto State

27. Oban Hills

Korup National Park of Cameroon shares a border with the Oban Hills. Home to a lot of wildlife and plants; and this is one of the few places on earth you can find the Xavier’s Green Bull the Cassin’s Hawk eagle, Crested Guinea fowl, Bat Hawk and over 400 Chimpanzees lives here.

Location: Oban,Cross River State

28. Oke-Idanre Hill

A visit to the Oke-Idanre Hill gives a tourist access to a lot of spectacular valleys that are interspersed with inselbelgs and high plain about the sea level.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has Omi Aopara; the thunder water, Agbooogun foot print, burial grounds, shrines and the Owa’s palace.

Location: Oke-Idanre, Ondo State

29. Ogbunike Caves.

 

 

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Ogbunike Caves make an idea tourists destination. These caves are closely associated with historical and spiritual significance.
There are 317 steps that need to be used to descend down to the caves. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Location: Ogbunike, Anambra State

30. Ancient Kano City Walls.

 

 

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There are much more to the beautiful medieval city of Kano when you see the impressive ancient Kano walls (listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ tentative list) .

This 14km radius earth monument has a spiritual, cultural and historical significance. It is associated with the Emir’s Palace.

This wall has history allocated to the great Queen Aminat.

 

Location: Kano, Kano State

31. La campaign Tropicana Resort.

 

 

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La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort is focused on presenting African hospitality and culture in a cosmopolitan manner.

The resort boasts of a clean beach, lagoon and mangrove forest that provide visitors with the opportunity to observe, at close quarters, a wide variety of tropical Flora and fauna that include snake trees, mangroves, various species of epiphytes, monkeys, squirrels, bats, and various species of birds such as kingfishers, sea hawks, egrets and ducks.

Location – Ibeju, Lagos Nigeria

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Conclusion.

Nigeria is home to over 300+ ethnic diversity and more still counting daily.
This you can never find in any part of the world.
Thinking of where to take your next vacation ?.
Come to Nigeria

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