Historic Palaces in Nigeria

Alafin of Oyo’s Palace
It is a historical and cultural monument described as a Yoruba museum containing relics and antiquities of the Yoruba race. The Aganju hall, the 150 year old tortoise and an expansive courtyard are some of the prominent features.

Oba of Lagos’ Palace (Iga Idungaran)
This is a cultural centre and the palace of the Oba of Lagos. The palace was believed to have been built in 1670.

Emir of Kano’s Palace (Kano City)
It is a magnificent architectural design. The palace is a settlement within a settlement. Built in the 15thcentury by the 20thEmir of Kano, it is now like a museum.

Oba of Benin’s Palace
Is a unique traditional architecture and works of arts dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries located near the Kings Square in Benin city.

Emir of Zaria’s Palace (Zaria)
Is a magnificent edifice and historical monument built some 200 years ago. The palace is built in a traditional Hausa architectural design and has endured the trials of modernity and time.

Ooni of Ife’s Palace (Ile-Ife)
It is among the historic monuments of the state, being the ancestral home and spiritual headquarters, of the Yoruba race.

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National Museums in Nigeria

National Museum, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
It was established in 1959. The museum is reputed as containing the largest ethnographic gallery in Africa, a craft shop and an African cuisine restaurant.

National Museum Benin City
It has a rare collection of antiquities and artifacts of the rich cultural past of the state. The Benin Museum represents the ancient and modern artistic ingenuity of the Edo people and some major cultures of Nigeria.

National Museum Kaduna
It is rich with collection of diverse antiquities, artifacts and relics of Nigerian cultural heritage. This is the home of the over 2500 years old Nok Terracotta collections. There are also many other sculptural, craft and art collections in the museum.

National Museum and Monument Lagos
It contains some of the country’s rare collections of works of arts and craft, and historic monuments. It is a good place to visit for further discovery about the hardworking people of Lagos and Nigeria.

Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA)
It is located in the Jos metropolis. It is a museum depicting the diverse traditional Nigerian architecture.

Ife Museum Ile-Ife
It dates back to 1930, and houses various objects of antiquity which abound in Ile-Ife from time immemorial. Among important collections in the museum is the granite tools, crubicles fused for making beads, brass of Ooni of Ife, and terracotta art works, etc.

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Nigeria Park and Game Reserves

Yankari National Park
The park is located around the Gaji river in Alkaleri Local Government Area; about 110 km south-west of Bauchi State. The reserve covers an area of about 2,224.10/km2 of savannah woodland and is stocked with elephants, baboons, waterbucks, monkeys, buffaloes, hippotamus, among several other big animals. The park is inhabited by a variety of birds such as saddle bills, herons, and eagles. Within the park is the Wiki warm spring which is one of the best features of the park.

Kuyamba Game Reserve
This resort is a wildlife reserve of about 10 km2 at Madada in Kuyambana, Zamfara State. The reserve is known to be a natural habitat for wild animals such as lions, tigers, hyenas, etc. It is an ideal site for game hunting, adventure, etc.

Okumu Wildlife Sanctuary
It has an area of about 300 km2 and is about 65 km west of Benin City, Edo state. The forest has a unique collection of animal species including the endangered white- throated monkey.

Gashaka Gumpti
The Gashaka Gumpti Park in Taraba State is a natural conservation of rare fauna and flora located at the foot of the Mambilla Plateau. The park is over 15 km2. The animal species include white monkeys, birds, crocodiles, etc.

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Nigeria Natural Tourist Sites

Sukur Landscape
A UNESCO-listed World Heritage site. The Sukur land- scape lies within the Cameroon-Nigeria border- lands in present day Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The entire Sukur cultural land- scape is a scenic blend of nature and culture. The Sukur site possesses rich soils and adequate supplies of natural and spring water. The plateau is also the home of Hidi (i.e. the king). It is a strategic loca- tion from which the Sukur resisted attacks from hostile neighbours.

Zuma Rock
Located along Kaduna- Abuja Highway in Niger State, about half an hour drive from the centre of the new Federal Capital, this is a beautiful giant rock used for defensive purposes by the Gwari people against invading neighbouring tribes during the inter-tribal wars. The legend, it is said, goes that the indigenes in the olden days believed that a couple of depressions that form a patch on the upper part of the rock were actual- ly eyes with which it could foresee danger from the sur- rounding and warn them through oracles. Zuma rock represents a beautiful and unique granite rock forma- tion. It offers a good envi- ronment for picnicking and relaxation.

Olumo Rock
It is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Olumo rock is a massive outcrop of granite rocks of primitive formation. The highest point on the rock is about 137 metres from the base of the rock. It is a his- torical monument, which served as a shelter and fortress for the Egba people during the Yoruba inter-city wars. The centre consists of a fast food outlet, a museum, a giant telescope to view Abeokuta, a recreational park, etc. The centre has a heavy duty escalator band glass elevator running through the different levels of the rock alongside the old stairway for visitors who love climbing.

Kura Falls
Kura falls is located 77 km from Jos, Plateau State. It is a fascinating and exciting place to visit. The village is situated within rich savan- nah vegetation with moun- tainous ranges and lakes, providing a beautiful scenery ideal for picnic, bird watching and nature trail.

Shere Hills
The Shere hill is the apex of the Jos Plateau. The hill peaks at 1, 829 metres above sea level. The hilltop presents beautiful and relaxing scenery in an area excellent for picnic, mountaineering, and sightsee- ing and camping.

Agbokim Waterfalls
Agbokim waterfalls is a beautiful scenic attraction. Water from the falls run into a large pool surrounded by thick vegetation.

Gurara Water Falls
Gurara waterfalls, best described as Nigeria’s premier falls, is located off Minna Suleja road in Niger State. It is one of the nation’s greatest holiday resorts. The fascinating periods of the falls occur when the water level is at its peak during the months of April-August. However, it is low between September and March there by giving a good view of the waterbed.

Erin Ijesha waterfalls
This waterfall lies some 20 km east of Ilesha Akure road. The waterfall has about five layers. The water flows among rocks and splashes down with great force to the evergreen vegetation ground. The area is also useful for mountaineering exercises. The breeze at the waterfall is cool and refreshing.

Mambilla Plateau
The Mambilla plateau is a table land located at Gembu in Sarduna local government council of Taraba State. The Plateau is about 1,830 metres above sea level with a temperate climate compara- ble to any temperate region of the world. The Mambilla Plateau is characterised by an undulating landscape and the clean free flow of Barup, Manchewa, Rufi, Tiba and Bambika waterfalls. It is an ideal site for high altitude sport, training, gaming, adventure, relaxation, pic- nicking, leadership training and holidaying.

Idanre and Oka Hills
Idanre hill is located 15km southwest of Akure, Ondo state. Idanre hill is steep sided, smooth and dome- shaped. It is an inspiring and beautiful site for tourists. Oke-Maria (Virgin Mary Hill) is located at Oka Akoko about 113 km from Akure town. It has a beautiful Virgin Mary statue at the top of the hill. It provides an attractive scenery and excellent environment for pilgrims.

Obudu Cattle Ranch
Obudu cattle ranch is about 350 km from Calabar, Cross river state. It is located at the exotic Oban Obudu Plateau which is over 5,200 feet above sea level. The ranch provides a semi-temperate climate of between 26°C (78°F) and 32°C (89.6°F), which may drop to between 4°C (36°F) and 10°C (50°F). The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful with hills, valleys as far as the eyes can see. The ranch is peaceful and close to nature: it comprises stone-walled, chalets, ranch, bar and restaurant, lawn tennis court and cable cars for utmost recreational experience.

Oguta Lakes
The Oguta Lake in Imo State is a lake resort complex comprising a motel, an 18 hole golf course, relics of the civil war, natural conflu- ence of Oguta Lake and Orashi river. Activities at the Lake include: boat cruising, fishing and bird watching.

Ikogosi springs
It is located in Ikogosi, Ekiti state, about 52 km North- West of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. This is an irresistible site where warm and cold water ooze out from differ- ent sources. The springs flow side by side and meet at a spot with each main- taining its thermal identity- the first of such in the world. The natural vegetation of the spring is left untouched for eco-tourism appeal. Lekki, Mayegun and Bar Beaches

Lekki beach
The Oso-Lekki break water is located at Lekki Peninsula area of Lagos. It is the site for the state fishing and cultural festival.

Mayegun beach
Mayegun beach is splendid resort located at the beginning of Lekki peninsula. Bar beach: Bar beach is a captivating long stretch of beach, located along Ahmadu Bello way, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The whispering Palm Resort
It is located along Badagry Expressway, Iworu-Ajido, Lagos. It is one of the exotic palm resorts in Nigeria. The resort offers classic recreational and relaxation facilities. An ideal place for camping, honeymoon, picnics etc.

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