According to the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) in 2018, tourism accounted for 34% of Nigeria’s GDP and 20% employment creation. 

Here are 10 of the most beautiful places you should visit in Nigeria. 

1. Yankari game reserve (Bauchi state) 

is the best reserve in Nigeria. It has the highest largest herd of Elephant in Nigeria, different animal species and different tropical forests.

Yankari game reserve

2. Erin Ilesha waterfall (Osun state)

Also known as Olumirin waterfalls is located in Erin ilesha. The waterfall is said to have medicinal properties and people came from all over to drink and be healed. It is also a popular excursion point for schools around the vicinity.

3. Lekki conservation center (Lagos state) 

Lekki Conservation Centre is a 78-hectare national reserve (which is the longest canopy walk in Africa) located in the heart of lekki and is managed by the Nigerian conservation foundation (NCF). 

The conservation centre keeps a large part of the region’s biodiverse coastal ecosystem and educates visitors on the importance of coexisting with nature. The reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife, including monkeys, tortoises, and rare birds.  

4. Olumo Rock (Ogun state) 

Is a Mountain in the ancient city of Abeokuta and is one of the top tourist attractions in Nigeria. The Rock served as defense during the inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. 

5. Kajuru Castle:(Kaduna state) 

Is a villa built by a German expatriate it(between 1981-1989). It was built with 1-meter thick granite stone in fanciful medieval-inspired Romanesque style.

The villa is designed with bedrooms modeled after dungeons and several towers with crenelated walls. The medieval theme is seen throughout the castle, it even has a portcullis (the vertically closing gate) with a crocodile pit.

6. Obudu mountain resort ( Cross-river state) 

Formally called Obudu cattle ranch, is a ranch and resort on the Obudu plateau of the northeastern part of cross-river. The resort has grown to become a major tourist attraction for Nigerians and foreigners. It has a serene climate compared to other places in Nigeria but February and October are the best times to visit because that is when the sky is very bright and the air is frosty.

7. Osun sacred grove (Osun state)

 It is located on the outskirts of oshogbo along the banks of the osun river. Yoruba people believe that Osun Sacred grove, is home to Osun, the goddess of fertility. A festival that celebrates this fertility goddess takes place every year in Oshogbo. It is classified as one of the United Nations Educational, scientific and cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) world heritage rights. There are also about 400 different species of plants that are used for medicinal purposes.

8. Agbokim waterfalls (Crossriver state) 

The waterfalls are about 15km from Ikom and 320km from Calabar. Located close to the Nigeria- Cameroon border. Agbokim waterfall is a collection of seven cascades which pour over a cliff creating an impressive seven-part waterfall. If you are lucky you will catch the falls at a time when the mist drifting from the crashing water conjures up rainbow colours. 

 Agbokim Waterfalls is surrounded by lush greenery, valleys and steep hills which are enveloped in a rainbow-like aura. Its freshness is captivating and has an alluring serenity.  It is an ideal location for a picnic, vacation, getting back into nature and regaining your creative productivity and general well being. 

 It is most spectacular during the rainy season when on a lucky day you have a chance to see the rainbow across the face of the waterfall. Its proximity to neighboring Cameroon offers a unique opportunity for cross-border experience. 

9. Zuma Rock (Abuja)

 Zuma Rock ranks high as one of the most tourist attractions in the country. The rock which has a human face, is located in Madalla, Niger state, to the North of Abuja. It was once described as the unquestionable watchman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Visiting Zuma Rock between April and October, which marks the rainy season in central Nigeria where the rock is situated, would afford you the opportunity of seeing the much talked Zuma Rock Fire, as the apex of the Zuma Rock catches fire under heavy rainfall. This has remained the wonders of the rock. 

Zuma Rock is depicted on the 100 naira note. It was used for a defensive retreat by the Gbagyi people against invading neighboring tribes during intertribal warring.

10. Kano city walls (Kano state)

Although the city has long taken a modern cosmopolitan hue, relics of the city’s past as the hub for commercial activities during the trans-Saharan trade still remain. The real identity of Kano can best be felt in the old city area. However, gradually being lost as the ancient structures go modern, relics have gradually been wiped away by both man and nature. The walls also helped in monitoring the movement of people in and out of the city.


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