Interestingly, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and has become an untapped tourist paradise with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well-preserved tradition and culture and enchanting attractions that draw tourists from different parts of the world.
In recent times, the country has witnessed a spike in the number of tourists coming to see the sights of the most populated black nation. The numerous innovations in the upcoming recreational establishment have made having a vacation in Nigeria more fun than previous years.
Although many states are still playing catch up in creating amazing experiences for tourist, a few others are blazing the trail and drawing tourist from all over the world. Below is the list of top five tourist destinations in Nigeria.
1. Tarkwa Bay
Located in Lagos, Tarkwa Bay is an island located along the Atlantic coast. It is an artificial island created during the construction of the Lagos Harbour. During the last couple of years, tour operators have organized lots of tours to Tarkwa Bay. It can be said that one of the reason can be likened to the clean nature and it being open to a range of water sports. Also, the boat ride to the beach is a great highlight and the range of affordable rentals made it an ideal family getaway spot.
2. Yankari Game Reserve
This National Park located in Bauchi is the pride of wildlife reserves in the country. Tourists enjoy seeing the animals in their habitat on the safari ride, swimming at the Wikki warm springs and having Baboons and Warthogs gaze around the chalets.
In addition, the reserve is also a vast village to animals such as Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Oribi, Crocodiles, Hippotamus, Roan Gazelle, Wild Ox, countless species of Monkeys, to mention but a few.
The coastal town of Badagry, traditionally known as Gbagle, is situated between the city of Lagos, and the border with the Benin Republic at Seme. Badagry is a safe and serene location for history and culture lovers. The town is home to attractions like Gbereful (also known as the Point of No Return), Vlekete Slave Market, Slave Museums, Whispering Palm Resorts, Badagry Coconut Beach, The Agia Tree (where the Gospel was first preached in Nigeria), to mention but a few.
4. Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Mountain Resort, formerly known as Obudu Cattle Ranch, is one of the most beautiful and pleasant tourist centres in Nigeria. It is located on the Obudu Plateau, close to the Cameroon border, in the Northeastern part of Cross Rivers State. This resort centre has grown to become a major destination choice for tourists. It has an attractive landscape and calming ambience, with clouds smiling down on its peaks and valleys. It offers visitors a good blend of warm and cold temperature, as it has very temperate weather.
In addition, the resort is home to unique experiences; like riding cable cars, hiking to the cascades or waterfalls, taking a canopy walkway, seeing cattle on the hills, hiking up to the top of the mountain, to mention but a few.
5. Olumirin Waterfall
Located in Osun State, the Olumirin Waterfalls also called the Erin Ijesha waterfalls is a seven-step water cascade. The tourist destination is better experienced in person as nature’s dynamic beauty unravels with each climb.
In addition, with an atmospheric temperature ranging between 30-34oC coupled with the fact that the location is enclosed within the soothing hands of nature, the breeze at the site of the waterfall is cool and refreshing. The whole scenery is fascinating and idyllic.