Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Nigeria

Nigeria is West Africa’s economic giant and a famous business destination. Nigeria is the most populated country of Africa and seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria is very culturally diverse and rich in history. The country of Nigeria has plenty of attractions for visitors such as magnificent historical sights, colorful festivals, beautiful cities and towns, as well as vibrant nightlife. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Nigeria along with your family are listed below:

1. Abuja 

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and one of the major tourist destinations of the country. The beautiful city of Abuja offers plenty of things to do and see thus making it the most visited cities of Nigeria. Abuja is situated right in the heart of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, and was constructed during the year 1980. Abuja has witnessed a huge influx of people into the city which has led to the emergence of satellite towns such as Karu Urban Area, Suleja, Gwagwalada, Lugbe, Kuje and smaller settlements to which the planned city is sprawling towards.

2. Millennium Park

One of the incredible tourist attractions of Nigeria is the Millennium Park, largely visited by tourist from around the world. The country of Nigeria offers magnificent sights, exciting landscapes and architectural masterpiece and certainly the natural beauty of Abuja city is undeniable. Latest addition to the natural attraction of city is the Millennium Park which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II of England. The park is a major sight spot for birdwatchers in Abuja.

3. Kajuru Castle

Another spectacular tourist attraction of Nigeria is the Kajuru Castle; it was constructed during the year 1978. The Kajuru Castle is not an ancient monument, but was built quite recently by a controversial German expatriate living in Kaduna. The style is very European and clearly German with a baronial hall, complete with suits of armour. It has dungeon-style bedrooms and towers with crenulated walls.

4. Cross River National Park

The Cross River National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is a renowned wildlife park and indeed a major tourist spot where you will get the opportunity to witness hundreds of animals and birds. It is popular for its naturally preserved inhabitants that offer so many activities to get the visitors engaged. The park has plenty of localized species of plants and animals such as gorilla, drill chimpanzee, gwantibo or golden potto forest elephant, saleginella etc.

5. Yankari Game Reserve

Yankari is indeed Nigeria’s major tourist destination for wildlife and eco-tourism. At Yankari Game Reserve is a sight where you can witness some of the greatest animals of Africa like the elephants, lions, tigers etc. Another feature at Yankari is Wikki Warm springs with flood-lit at night and lovely warm water to bath in. it is a perfect destination for bird watchers, because the variety of birds here is astounding

6. Idanre Hills

The Magnificent Idanre Hills are situated in Idanre town and mostly populated by tourist throughout the year. Idanre Hills are considered to be the most unique tourist haven that attracts mystery lovers, spiritualists and lovers of adventure from all parts of the world. It is a famous bunch of intimidating and imposing hills that houses some wonderful things which confound the senses. The hills surround the town, envelopes it and dominates life in the town.

7. Awhum Waterfall

Auhum Waterfall is situated in Enugu, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. The beautiful city of Enugu is renowned for its natural features likes, caves, waterfalls, galleries, springs, hills and monumental or archeological collections. The height of this beautiful waterfall is more than 30 meters high. The fall is closely situated to a monastery. The water is said to be curative and capable of dispelling evil or satanic forces if and wherever sprinkled.

8. Gashaka Gumti National Park

The Gashaka Gumti National Park is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Nigeria. This amazing park occupies an area of around 6600 sq km. it is in fact the largest national park of Nigeria. It is considered as one of the most prominent places to visit in Nigeria. This area is important not only as a major watershed but also as a haven for a rich and exotic assemblage of wildlife, given its strategic location at the interface between the moist Cameroonian Highland and the dry Sub-Saharan Guinea Savannah. Here you will also find a huge savannah animals such as elephant, hyena, wild dog, lion, roan antelope, waterbuck, monkeys, baboons and the giant eland.

9. Kamuku National Park

Kamuku national park is among the most famous tourist spots of Nigeria. It occupies a total area of around 1,120sq kilometers of typical savanna woodland vegetation. Insider the Kamuku National Park you can witness a huge variety of birds and other animals like elephants, antelopes, oribi, waterbuck, wet cat, green monkey, side stripped hyena and jackal. The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), Denhams Bustard (Neotis denhami) and Abyssinian Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus abyssinicus) are all found here.

10. Okomu National Park

Okomu National Park is situated in Ovia South LGA and is located around 45km west of Benin City. This park is a home of forest elephants, buffaloes, red river hogs, chimpanzees, leopards, and bush baby, putty nosed guenon, porcupine, antelopes and many many more. Once here you can also get the opportunity to witness the white throated monkey which is one of the rarest monkeys in the world. Approximately around 150 bird species and 33 species of mammals, including forest elephants and the Nigerian White Throated Monkey, thrive in the area. Butterflies and birds are abundant, making it one of the best places for bird watching in Nigeria.

11. Chad Basin National Park

The country of Nigeria is a home of the various fabulous National parks and the Chad Basin National Park is no exception. It is situated in the Sudano-sahelian ecological zone of the north-eastern part of Nigeria, Chad Basin is in between Borno and Yobe states. The park is a renovated tourist attraction and it has played host to Prince Bernhard of Netherlands and Prince Philip of Britain (1989). It has some rare desert wildlife like giraffe, ostrich, red fronted gazelle and others.

12. Abuja National Mosque

The most renowned mosque of Nigeria is located right in the country’s capital- The Abuja National Mosque. This magnificent mosque is also popular the Nigerian National Mosque, is the national mosque of Nigeria, a country with a substantial Muslim population. The mosque was constructed during the year 1984 and is open to the non-Muslim public, except during congregational prayers. The mosque is positioned on Independence Avenue, across from the National Christian Centre. It includes a library and a conference room.

13. Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the major tourist attractions of Nigeria. This wildlife Sanctuary is the home to the drill and other rare primates including the Nigerian chimpanzee Pan Troglodytes vellerosus, you can also witness here the most endangered gorilla subspecies, the Cross River gorilla diehli. At Afi sanctuary you will also find the Afi Mountain Canopy Walkway which is a series of suspension bridges linked to platforms on trees. This region of Nigeria is mostly visited by tourist from around the world.

14. IITA Forest

IITA Forest is among the top tourist attractions of Nigeria. Thickest of climbers grow in openings where the secondary nature of the forest is most noticeable, with bunch of bamboo Bambusa vulgaris etc. it is an ideal destination for nature lovers an bird-watchers as it has abundant species of tropical birds. IITA Forest also offers other facilities and various sources of entertainment; one can have ultimate fun here.

15. Azumini Blue River Rose

Azurnini Blue River Rose is one of the most famous tourist sights of Nigeria. It is situated in Abia State. The River has become a major attraction for tourists because of the pleasantness it offers. This river is a wonderful place to explore where you can also enjoy other attractive features such as crystal-clear blue water; canoe rides; sandy beaches with such relaxation facilities as chairs and tables. At the beach also, BBQ grill are delicacies provided for picnickers.

16. The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu

Arochukwu is a popular tourist destination and largely visited by tourist. In Arochukwa you will find the cave of the famous long juju oracle; it is its major attractions. It is said that the cave holds the long metal pipe through which the gods speak to the people. It is one of the most sacred places to visit in Nigeria very popular among the locals. A traditional religionist would find the oracle quite an attraction. It is, first and foremost, a religious centre with a well-laid down administrative structure headed by a Chief Priest.

17. Yola Municipality

Yola is the capital of Adamawa State to be found located towards the North-Eastern part Nigeria. One of the most impressive attractions of this region is its rolling topography of hill chains particularly the three sister hills which are so-called because they stand side by side and share the same height. The region of Yola offers some of the most interesting attractions to the visitors. The cultural expressions of the town get to their climax between the months of March and May when the city celebrates its fishing festival at Lake Njuwa.

18. Ibeno Beach

The Ibeno Beach is one of the major tourist attractions of the country. In the country of Nigeria you will find plenty of attractive beaches among them the most visited is the Ibeno Beach in Akwa lbom State. A lover of water sport finds the Beach which stretches to James town on the Atlantic most inviting.

19. Ogbunike Cave

One of the unique wonders of Nature is Ogbunike Cave, it is considered as one of the most famous tourist attractions of Nigeria. The Cave, segmented into sections, is found in Anambra State, some few kilo meters away from the Onitsha market town. Once here you will get to here different stories about the various sections that constitute the cave. The stories are better told by the native tour guides.

20. Rojenny Tourist Village

Rojenny Tourist Village is among the most famous tourist destinations of Nigeria. Rojenny is located right at the outskirts of Onitsha market town, one of the leading tourist resorts in Nigeria. This village offers plenty of things to do and see and among the many attractions of the village are amusement park, joy rides and sporting/relaxation facilities

21. lgbo-Ukwu

One of the ancient charming towns of Nigeria is lgbo-Ukwu which has remained an attraction to tourists because of its bronze artifacts. The bronze which was first noticed during the year 1938 and was later excavated by Thurstan Shaw, an English archaeologist. The bronzes which date back to about the 9th century are of high value because of their historic relevance.

22. Yankari National Park

Yankari National Park is one of Nigeria’s most developed Wildlife parks with plenty of attractions. It is renowned for its variety of animals available for viewing round the year, though the animals are better watched between November and May period of the dry season when the animals converge around the Gaji River, Baboons, Waterbucks, Elephants, Crocodiles, Bushbucks, Duikers, Warthogs, Hippopotamus can be witnessed here. The most popular attraction of this park is Wikki Warm Springs. It is available both night and day for tourists who cherish swimming.

23. The Hills of Benue

The Hills of Benue is among the most famous tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is situated right in the middle belt region of Nigeria; Benue State shares boundaries with Taraba State on the East. The entire landmass presents hills of various shades and touristic appeals. lkyogen Hills exude mild weather condition which ensures steady green vegetation and a round- the-year grazing of animals in the areas which is also known as Ikyogen Cattle Ranch. The hills are believed to be the place for origin of the Tiv people.

24. Lake Chad

Lake Chad occupies a strategic spot serving not only Borno State of Nigeria where it is positioned but also serving the 3 neighboring countries of Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. The lake is not only a major tourist attraction but also serves the agricultural and economic needs of the people. Boating and exploring various fishing villages in this area are among the paramount interest of the tourists.

25. Obudu Cattle Ranch

Obudu Cattle Ranch is situated in Cross River towards the south eastern part of the country. The Obudu Castle is one of the famous tourist spots of Nigeria. It is approximately around 1,524m, has temperate weather condition to ensure green vegetation and grazing of cattle through out the year. It is well considered as a tourist delight and offers divergent attractions such as natural swimming pool, horse riding, beautiful waterfall to behold, gorilla camp, bird watching, sporting facilities and accommodation.

26. Agbokim Waterfalls

Agbokim Waterfalls are considered as one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of Nigeria. You will find at a short distance from the Nigeria-Cameroon border, it is the very captivating sight called Agbokim Waterfalls. The fall located in Cross River State and an ideal destination for picnics. The falls are pleasantly surrounded by green vegetation.

27. Sillicon Hill

Sillicon Hills is a famous tourist spots of Nigeria. The hill which is more than 300 meters above sea level and almost half a kilometer long has silica, a significant raw material for the manufacture of glasses. You will find that the surrounding environment is very captivating where you can witness beautiful hills, valleys and plaips.

28. Mbari Cultural Centers

Mbari Cultural Centers is the home of Mbari sculptural houses. These sculptures are robust art manifestations of the prevalent social life and a monumental art sacrifice to “ALA” the earth goodness. Here you can find some of the most interesting attractions. A number of symbolic models were sculptured or painted. These sculptures reflect the lgbo aesthetics. The Mbari Cultural Centre is an open air museum and is located right in Ikenegbu layout Owerri and at Eke-Nguru in Aboh Mbaise.

29. Birnin Kudu Rock Painting

Birnin Kudu Rock Painting is one of the famous tourist attractions of Nigeria. This magnificent town is located towards the South of Jigawa State. Birnin Kudu is renowned for the presence of rocks. Fascinating are the ancient paintings on these rocks. The different paintings are eloquent information on the styles of the early settlers in the area.

30. NOK Village

NOK Village is among the most beautiful tourist destinations of Nigeria. It is said that a trip to this village located in Kaduna State launches visitors into physical romance with the so-much-talked-about culture of the Nok people. Its culture has been popular around 2,500 years. The Nok culture is better appreciated appraising the excavations made by the several scholars and research.

31. Chief Nana’s Palace, Koko

Chief Nana Olomu was considered to be one of the most powerful indigenous entrepreneurs of 19th century. The Chief Nana’s Palace located in Koko is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is said that in order to mark the grandeur of his achievements, he constructed this magnificent edifice at the turn of the century. Located in Warri -North Local Government Area of Delta State, the Palace has now become recognized and approved as a National Monument.

32. Bible She

It is believed that during the year 1914 a copy of the Holy Bible is believed to have descended miraculously in the region of Araya in Delta State from heaven. Today this location has become of the most sought after tourist attraction of Nigeria. This spot attracts Christian Pilgrims from all over the country, especially during the Easter season.

33. Abraka River Resort

Abraka River Resort is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is situated right in the quiet University Town of Abraka, this Motel is considered a perfect destination for those who want to escape the hurdle and tension of city. This place offers plenty of attractions to visitors like they can swim, boat, and sport-fish\or simply bask in the warm sun. On the exquisite sand-beach as the glass- clear Ethiope River flows lazily by. You will also find lawn tennis, squash rackets and badminton courts as well as a children’s playground.

34. Okonni Wildlife Sanctuary

The Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary is to be found in the city of Benin was the first in the country to be protected by law for conservation during the year 1985. This magnificent sanctuary encompasses various rare species like the white-throat- ed monkey. Also present are the mona monkey, the putty nosed quenon, the red-cangaby, chimpanzees, elephants, bush-baby, the potto buffalo, red river hog, duikers, horn bills, porcupines, etc. The Okomu Forest Reserve is the second largest in the country.

35. The Iron of Liberty

It was a significant place for slave trade during the period of slavery in Nigeria, Lokoja, and its location near the banks of River Niger played an important role. Also because if its strategic location, Lokoja aroused a great deal of interest in the European explorers and missionaries during the 19th century, and it soon became a commercial post for European merchants and missionaries. The place where such slaves were freed was marked with a piece of iron pole now referred to as the “Iron of Liberty”.

36. National Museum

The National Museum is certainly one of the must visit tourist attractions of Nigeria and surely worth seeing. The major attractions are the brasses from Benin City, which get their own gallery. You can also find that the Nok Terracottas are also well represented. Another gallery dedicated to traditional symbols of power contains carved ivory and a royal host of crowns. Inside the museum you will get the chance to witness the bullet-riddled car in which Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in 1976. You are not allowed to bring cameras.

37. Sungbo’s Eredo

One of the most impressive archeological sights of Nigeria is the Sungbo’s Eredo. It is indeed the largest construction of Africa, it measures 160km/99mi-long and as old as 1050-years, 20m/65ft-high linear boundary rampart that once surrounded the ancient kingdom of Ijebu. This sight was constructed around two centuries; it’s now largely covered by rainforest.

38. Tafawa Balewa Square

The Tafawa Balewa Square is named for Nigeria’s first prime minister; is one of the most popular attractions of Nigeria. It is Lagos’ commercial center that offers some remarkable monuments. They include statues of gargantuan horses, the Remembrance Arcade (with memorials to WWI, WWII and civil-war victims) and the 26-storey Independence House, constructed during the year 1963.

39. National Theatre

The National Theatre of Nigeria is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. It is a large round building you see on the drive in from the airport. The National Theater offers galleries of modern Nigerian art, Nigerian crafts and other African arts.

40. Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock is among the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. At Abeokuta, 70km towards the north of Lagos you will find this most sacred Olumo rock has commanding views of Lagos and the surrounding country. You will also find a lot of caves and a shrine in the area, and at the market you can buy adire cloth and plenty of juju material, worth a stop.

41. Confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue

River Niger is considered to be the most awesome sight to the Europeans until John and Richard Landers passed through the Confluence during the year 1830, completing the journey that Mungo Park had started. Rivers Niger and Benue are two largest rivers in West Africa and among the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Once here you can witness that these 2 magnificent rivers meet at Lokoja forming a Y-shaped structure and draining southwards into the Ocean.

42. Owu Waterfalls

The Owu Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Nigeria. You will find this magnificent waterfall at Owa Kajola, lfelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. It is around 120m above water level. The surrounding is evergreen while the waters are ice cold.

43. Pategi Beach

The Pategi Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Nigeria. Pategi Kwara State is situated along River Niger and enjoys an abundant stretch of beautiful sandy beach currently used by local fishermen. You will find that the Regatta pavilion is built on the beach and, together with the recently constructed regatta complex, Pategi beach has potentials for great holiday resorts.

44. Maiyegun Beach

Maiyegun Beach is another spectacular beach which is to be found within the Maiyegun Tourism Zone of Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State. The Beach is renowned for relaxation spree. It also hosts the popular Lekki Sunsplash Musical Concert. This beach offers all the necessary amenities to the visitors.

45. The Ancient Town of Badagry

The Ancient town of Badagry is one of the interesting places to visit in Nigeria. The sight of the fallen tree at Market Street, it was the place where Christian was first preached under the tree during the year 1842. First storey building was founded in Marina Badagry the first one storey building of the country that was constructed during the year 1845 by Rev. Henry Townsend

46. Verekete Shrine

Verekete Shrine is one f the most famous tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is a famous shrine that is located in Badagry where Richard Lander was tried before a priest for alleged espionage charges. It is said that he survived after drinking concoction as proof of his innocence.

47. Osun Sacred Forest

The Osun Forest is considered to be one of the most sacred forests of Nigeria. It is a huge area of rainforest that is located on the outskirts of Oshogbo. The attractions that are well noteworthy within the forest are the beautiful Shrine of Oshuno, the River Goddess. Apart from its natural beauty, there are many stunning sculptures by Suzanne Wenger, an Austrian painter and sculptor who came here during the year 1950.

48. Lekki Conservation Centre

The Lekki Conservation Centre of Nigeria is among the most interesting places to visit in Nigeria. This conservation centre is run by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation; is a large tract of wetlands set aside for wildlife viewing. Once here you can get the change to see monkeys, crocodiles and various birds; early morning is the best time to visit. Here you will also find a famous.

49. Gurara Waterfalls

The Gurara Waterfalls are the most among the most fascinating tourist attractions of Nigeria. It is referred as the most wonderful falls which is best described as Nigeria’s Premier falls is positioned at around 76 kilometers along Minna Suleja roads. From Suleja to the junction is about 45 kms while from the junction to the falls is about 2 kms. It is well worth a stop.

50. Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre

Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre was founded during the year 1951 by late Mr. Micheal Cardew, a British porter with international reputation. This pottery centre is one of the most famous attractions of Nigeria. The centre in Niger trains native traditional porters in the art of modern pottery making in order to preserve and protect the country’s famous cultural heritage through the art of pottery making.

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