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TOP FIVE UNKNOWN YET EXOTIC TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN NIGERIA THAT WILL WOW YOU

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Aisha Badeji

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The fact that Nigeria, unlike many other countries, has done little to nothing to promote its tourism industry, despite its multi-billion dollar potential government attention towards the tourist centres in the country still leaves much to be desired. Although some of the fantastic natural wonder sites are visited by both local and international tourists, there are still many other destinations that even Nigerians do not know about.

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In this report, Hotjist highlights the top five relatively unknown great tourist spots to see around Nigeria:

Ogba Ukwu caves and waterfalls, Anambra

Top on the list is the breathtaking natural tourist attraction located in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria. Precisely nestled in the Owerre Ezeukala community which borders Abia, Enugu, and Imo states, the Ogba Ukwu caves and waterfalls are approximately 75 kilometres east of Onitsha.

The Ogba Ukwu waterfall is, of course, a long stretch of free-flowing water from great heights and is said to emerge from the Ogba caves. The Ogba cave is considered to be the largest cave in the whole of West Africa. The cave which takes more than two hours to explore has a large area said to have been the living room of the ‘god’ of Owerre Ezeukala.

In one of the crevices lies an old elephant’s foot, which is long dead and dry. In another crevice is a natural spanner rock, and in yet another is a gun of stone, as old as the cave itself.

The Ogba Ukwu site which was formally handed to the Federal Government in 2010 remains unexplored, but when going to have a feel of this wonderful work of nature, be sure to go with friends, a swimming suit and of course, a camera to capture all the beautiful moments.

Gobarau Minaret in Katsina

Up North in the centre of Katsina state is this 15 metre long minaret said to have been constructed over three centuries ago. Believed to be one of the tallest buildings in the state, the minaret reflects the Timbuktu architecture style and over the centuries, it has been used as a centre of Islamic education, a central mosque, a security tower and more recently, a tourist destination. The minaret has since been used as the symbol of the state.

Turunku Hills, Kaduna

Legend has it that the great warrior queen, Queen Amina of Zaria ruled her Zazzau emirate from Turunku (located in Igabi, modern-day Kaduna state). At the top of the hills, there are numerous stones that date back to the reign of the 16th-century queen. However, notable among them are the stone bed of Queen Amina, a well for water collection and her legendary stone throne. It is said that the queen used to overlook the town below while sitting on her throne. The natural large rock chair indeed offers a vantage view of the entire town and it is believed that Queen Amina spent most of her time here, accompanied by her guards.

Marshall caves, Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi

A first time visitor to the Yankari game reserve in Bauchi state will most unlikely be unaware of the Marshall caves within it. Said to have been named after a British conservationist, the Marshall caves can be aptly described as a network of several caves with various entrance and exit points. I know right! Definitely not the regular cave of your imagination. One version of the legend has it that the caves served as a refuge for the 19th-century slave trade while the other version is that the caves were dug by the early men of the BCs. Whatever the case, the Marshall caves are beautiful and are worth seeing.

Agbele rock formation

Located in Igbeti town (surrounded by 16 hills), Oyo state, southwest Nigeria is the Agbele Rock. It is a naturally formed statue depicted to be a woman carrying basket with a child strapped to her back.

According to legend, the rocky figure was formed when a woman stole yams left to dry in the sun and she became a permanent fixture. The image of the Agbele rock is so revered by the people of Oyo, so much so that it is the symbol of the state’s tourism board.

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