In as much as there are many tourist sites in Nigeria, not all of them are historical tourist sites. There are historical tourist sites in Nigeria that you don’t even know exist. This article highlights the top 5 historical tourist sites in Nigeria.
Nigeria is a land blessed with interesting historical tourist sites which were founded on tales, myths and legends. Sites with a rich history that has stood the test of time and continues to be an eye-catching location for visitors and inhabitants alike from generation to generation. We present the top 5 historical tourist sites in the country in no particular order
1. Ngwo Pine Forest
Location: Ngwo, Enugu State
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.
2. 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
3. Ancient Kano City Walls
Location: Kano, Kano State
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.
4. Ogbunike Caves
Location: Ogbunike, Anambra State
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.
5. Oke Idanre Hills
Location: Oke-Idanre, Ondo State
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.
6. Surame Cultural Landscape
Location: Surame, Sokoto State
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.
7. Sukur Cultural Landscape
Location: Madageli, Adamawa State
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.
8. The Royal Palace Of Oba Of Benin
Location: Benin, Edo State
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
9. Osun-Oshogbo Groove
Location: Oshogbo, Osun State
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.
10. Olumo Rock
Location: Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Olumo rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria, West Africa, sits in the ancient city center of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock”. Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the egba. People who found refuge at the Olumo rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock provided sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance leading to eventual triumph in war. The town of Abeokuta eventually grew as these new settlers spread out from this location.