There might be a lot of negative news surrounding the Giant of Africa – Nigeria but Nigeria is way more than the economy or it’s president. It is a beautiful country with a rich culture, lots of amazing sceneries and travel destinations.
If you had told me a couple of years back that at some point in my life, I would be yearning to travel more in my country and other African countries, I would probably have laughed out loud but look at me now. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Nigeria that I would never have found out if not for the new wave of travel bloggers so shout out to all yall for showcasing more of the beauty of Nigeria.
Last year, I made a 25 before 25 bucket list post on the blog of things I hope to have done before I turn 25 and road tripping to at least 5 states in Nigeria was part of it. So far, I’ve only visited Abuja (Blogged about my stay there here) and as you can tell, I’m doing terribly.
So, I’ve decided to put together this post of 5 places to visit in Nigeria with the hope that it will not only Ginger me to squash that goal but also inspire someone to visit Nigeria and explore more of the country.Want To #TravelNigeria? Check Out These 5 Places to Visit In Nigeria To Fuel Your Wanderlust! Click To Tweet
You might be wondering what Badagry is doing here since it’s a part of “Lagos” and I happen to live in Lagos but Badagry is quite far off, that it practically feels like traveling to another state. I’ve been to Badagry a couple of times as a kid dropping my siblings off at boarding house but I’ve never actually explored the place. I want to visit Badagry for the history of my people, the slave trade route, the beach, and of course – whispering palms!
Pictures via Travelwithapen.
I want to visit Abeokuta majorly for the Olumo rock, which I never got to see as a child (Everyone else seems to have gone there during a school excursion). I hear it’s no longer as grand as it used to be but I think some things have to be experienced even if just once. Would be nice to also see the Alake’s Palace and Omo forest reserve in Abeokuta.
3. Calabar (Cross River):
Pictures via diveintomauve
Calabar has been on my list forever! It started with wanting to have a feel of the Calabar carnival (as a model in one of the bands) but now I honestly don’t care much for the carnival. I want to go to Calabar for the Obudu mountain resort, the Becheve nature reserve, Oban Hill, Kwa Falls and Agbokim waterfalls.You Don't Have To Be Rich To Travel, Start Where You Are! Explore Your Own Country! Here's How To. Click To Tweet
Pictures via artsymoments.
Enugu is literally my sister state, seeing as I’m from Awka(Anambra) but for some reason, I’ve never been there. It would be nice to mark register, visit the Awhum cave and the Ngwo pine forest. I hear life is a lot calmer there too and the hotels, cheaper and better.
Pictures via Toketemu and Explorebauchi.
I would never have thought of going to the North, with all the violence going on there but the North is such a beautiful place! I first saw pictures of Bauchi on Twitter last year and everything looked so blue and peaceful, that it just had to be added to my list. Majorly for the Yankari game reserve, Gubi Lake, Wikki Warm Springs, Tafawa Balewa’s Mausoleum and emir’s palace.
I would also love to visit other Nothern states like Kaduna and Jos and some of the waterfalls we have in the country.
Are you Pro – #TravelNigeria? What places in Nigeria have you visited asides from the state you live in and where are some of your top places to visit in Nigeria? Also, if you’ve written about any of these places on your blog, please feel free to leave us a comment and include the link to your post.
Share your thoughts please and let’s connect!