What are the major tourist attractions in Nigeria? Let’s look through the top 30 together!
Nigeria is considered the most popular country in Africa and has become an untouched tourist paradise with a large area of exotic beaches, well-preserved tradition and culture, lush mountains, and enchanting tourist attractions.
Now, we are going to look through the top 30 places of interest in Nigeria:
1) The Ibeno Beach
Ibeno beach is the blessed destination for tourists which extends over 245 km on a sand bank. It is arguably the best place for leisure seekers. The stormy waves, spots for sunbathing, cool breeze thanks to the water, pure leaves from the mangrove forest, and a lush surrounding give this place of interest an unbelievable allure for tourists.
Location: Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State.
2) The Obudu Mountain Resort
The Obudu Mountain Resort sits majestically above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the famous Sankwala Mountains. The idyllic tranquility, comfortable climate, beautiful scenery, and breathtaking views have made this place one of the famous tourists’ attractions in Nigeria.
Location: Obudu, Cross River State.
3) The Ngwo Pine Forest
The gorgeous and natural forest that is situated in Ngwo Pine is very appealing to tourists. It is romantically formed by mother nature with sharp turns for escapade seekers. Also, the incredible flowing stream, wonderfully set pine trees, and the noisy spatter of the waters in the dark areas inside the cave would blow you away.
Location: Ngwo, Enugu State.
4) The Awhum Waterfall
The Awhum boasts of multiple immaculate lakes, waterfall, and an overall wonderful view. This waterfall forms a beautiful scenery in which the water carefully cascades over its top, creating a stream. This has become an impressive tourist place to visit in Nigeria. By the way, it is close to the Awhum Monastery.
Location: Awhum, Enugu State.
5) The Arochukwu Long Juju Slave Route
This sacrosanct altar is a 6-foot drain that takes tourists to a waterfall and temple in the Arochukwu long Juju Slave Route. In encourages its visitors to admire and inspect the monument of Kamula and the Ibn Ukpabi.
Location: Arochukwu, Abia State.
6) The Giant Footprint of Ukhuse Oke
In this sacred location, history come in contact with the present. Between two villages called Ukhuseosi and Ukhuse-oke, lies this distinct footprint of a prehistoric giant, which is embedded permanently in flat granite rocks.
Location: Owan, Edo State.
7) The Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
If you are searching for a resort where you can run away from the bustling city life, you can choose this one that is built on a beautiful sand beach. It is called the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach. It is one of the places you should visit in Nigeria. By the way, it is a leisure center along Kolabi Creek.
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
8) The Gashaki-Gumpti National Park
This national park provides a charming insight into the life in Nigerian medieval times. It is called the Gashaki-Gumpti National Park. It is situated on the Mountain of Wind, the Chappal Wadi, Mountain, and the Chappal Hendu. Basically, it is the largest and the most diverse National Park in Nigeria.
Location: Gashaki-Gumpti, Taraba State.
9) The Alok Ikom Monoliths
This tourist attraction is represented by about 300 awe-inspiring stones standing vertically in circles, facing each other in groups with images and texts inscribed on the monoliths. Each of the Alok Ikom Monoliths is made in the form of a lingam.
Location: Ikom, Cross River state.
10) The Isaac Boro Garden Park
This park is located in front of the Mile One Bridge along the old GRA in Port Harcourt. It has now become place of interest in Nigeria, where softball and baseball are played. It is also a center for live entertainment and trade fairs. It was also disclosed that the tomb of Major Isaac Boro, a warrior murdered during the Nigerian Civil War lies there.
11) The Tinapa Free Zone & Resort
The Calabar charm is mixed with a taste of its wealthy culture, gives the Tinapa Free Zone & Resort that gorgeous scenario that hypnotizes tourists. Actually, it is located on an 860,000 square kilometers area. It offers an entertainment zone that provides restaurants, a digital cinema, a mini amphitheater, a children’s arcade, a night club, a Studio Tinapa for Nollywood, etc.
Location: Calabar, Cross River State.
12) The Osun-Osogbo Grove
Actually, it is the only tourist attraction in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sculptures, sanctuaries, and artworks, which were created in honour of the goddess of fertility, Osun. By the way, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the Oshun River.
Location: Oshogbo, Osun State.
13) The Emotan Statue
Situated in front of the Oba market in Benin City - the Emotan Statue stands proudly, dressed in the traditional attire and headgear that is synonymous with majesty in the Benin Kingdom.
Location: Benin, Edo State.
14) The Royal Palace Of Oba Of Benin
The Royal palace of the Oba of Benin is a UNESCO listed inheritance space, which is centrally situated and not far from the King’s Square. In addition, it has a huge collection of sculptural pieces from many Benin Obas in ivory, bronze, and ancestral shrines.
Location: Benin, Edo State.
15) The Sukur Cultural Landscape
Madageli is the homeland of the Sukur cultural scenery, which consists of ritual terraced areas and traditional cemeteries. It is blissful with lush forest and is located on the top of the Mandara Mountains.
Location: Madageli, Adamawa State.
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16) The Queen Amina’s Wall
In the Zazzau city, a well-fortified wall was built to defend the ancient city by Queen Amina of Zaria, who is famous for her smart military acts and strategies. Interestingly, this wall still stands sublimely in the modern Zaria city and is one of the popular tourist attractions in Nigeria.
Location: Zaria, Kaduna State.
17) The Surame Cultural Landscape
When it comes to the miracles of human inventiveness, creativity, and development, the Surame cultural landscape is a perfect example. This is a UNESCO world heritage site, which has walls that are made of huge stones and a palace for the village chief, Hidi.
Location: Surame, Sokoto State.
18) The Oban Hills in Cross River State
The Korup National Park of Cameroon share a border with Oban Hills. It is home for many plants and wildlife. What is more, it is one of the limited areas in the world, where you can see the Crested Guinea fowl, the Cassin’s hawk eagle, bat hawk and the Xavier’s green bull. By the way, more than 400 species of chimpanzees live there too.
Location: Oban, Cross River State.
19) The Oke-Idanre Hill
If you visit the Oke-Idanre Hill, you enjoy a tourist access to many exciting valleys, which are interspersed with mountains and high flatland above sea level. It also showcases the Agbooogun footprint, the Omi Aopara, burial grounds, the thundering water, the Owa’s palace and shrines.
Location: Oke-Idanre, Ondo State.
20) The Ogbunike Caves, Enugu State
The Ogbunike Caves are among the most beautiful places in Nigeria. Basically, these caves have a very spiritual and historical significance. If you are feeling very adventurous, you will need to make 317 steps to get down to the caves.
Location: Ogbunike, Anambra State.
21) The Ancient Kano City Walls
You will get a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the wonderful medieval city of Kano when you see these effective ancient Kano city walls. This 14 kilometers radius earth monument has a historical, spiritual, and cultural significance. Also, it is often associated with the Emir’s Palace.
Location: Kano, Kano State.
22) The Coconut Beach
The next one on our list of tourist attractions in Nigeria is the Coconut Beach in Badagry. It has beautiful and breathtaking ocean views and an ideal space for relaxation. It is located 20 miles from the Republic of Benin, and it is also surrounded by numerous coconut trees.
Location: Badagry, Lagos State.
23) The Bar Beach
If you are searching for a beach without coconut trees and a very relaxing scenery, the Bar Beach in Lagos should be your place of interest. It is situated close to the centre of the gorgeous Victoria Island and is open to the anyone who would like to visit. You will certainly enjoy an ocean side walk and the cool breeze from the ocean.
Location: Victoria Island, Lagos.
24) The Millennium Park
The Millennium Park is the biggest public park in the capital city of Abuja. It is located in the Maitama district. This attraction was inaugurated by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 2003. This park has become a children’s paradise and relaxation haven.
Location: Maitama, Abuja.
25) The Nana Living History Museum
The fantastic national monument of the Nana Living History Museum is located in Koko in Warri. It is a museum which was built by a powerful 19th-century businessman, Chief Nana Olomu Ebrohimi.
Location: Warri, Delta State.
26) The Ancient Nok Settlement
All around the world, antiquities from the Ancient Nok Settlement are seen in museums and galleries. This tiny archaeologists’ haven is situated in Jaba Local government. By the way, it is the place where world famous Terracotta figurine was found.
Location: Jaba, Kaduna State.
27) The New Afrika Shrine
When you feel like you want to enjoy some great music from the legendary Fela and crew the New Afrika Shrine is one amazing place that you should absolutely visit. This place took over from the original Fela Shrine, which was burnt down.
Location: Ikeja, Lagos State.
28) The Abuja Arts And Crafts Village
The Abuja Arts and Crafts Village is situated in the Central Business District in Abuja, near the Silverbird Cinema. There are many handicrafts and artifacts for tourists. This place is cool because tourists can not only watch but also buy something special. It is one spot where you get to enjoy true Nigerian artifacts and culture.
29) The Kainji National Park
The Kainji National Park was opened in 1978. It has 3 distinct sectors: the Zugurma Game Reserve, the Borgu Game Reserve, and the Kainji Lake. It is situated in Kwara, Niger State. If you like to be in unity with nature and to take a break from urban noise and chaos, this place is right for you.
Location: Niger State.
30) The Yankari National Park
The Yankari National Park in Bauchi State is a home for wildlife located in the State’s South-Central area. It contains several natural warm water springs and what is more, it is one of West Africa’s eco-destinations.
Location: Bauchi State.
As you can see, there are many wonderful destinations in Nigeria. We have described top 30 best ones which we think you should visit. All of them are considered the most beautiful places in Nigeria and is worth the time and experience. Take a break, visit each of these amazing spots and you will certainly thank us.
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