In 2017, if you are a tourist and you are looking for the attractive destinations in Nigeria to go to, you will have it in abundance in this post. The top tourist destinations in Nigeria are some of the very best tourists site in the country and below we have listed the top 10 for your perusal.
Some of these Nigerian tourist sites are destinations where nature is at its finest and a trip to visit them would only evoke lasting memories in the future when they’re being remembered.
List of 10 Best Tourist Sites in Nigeria, 2017
1. Yankari Game Reserve
This game reserve is almost part of Nigerian history. It is old and majority of us grew up knowing and learning about the popular Yankari Game Reserve.
At Yankari, there is a large collection of animals and plants in all reared in their natural habitat. There are over 59 caves, and 130 wells with interconnecting shafts used by slaves during the trans-atlantic slave trade era, there is also a warm spring with crystal clear water at 31 for swimming.
The popular Yankari Game Reserve is located in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
2. Tinapa Business Resort
Tinapa is world class. This project is the brainchild of the dynamic Cross River State Government of Nigeria, under the distinguished leadership of former Governor Donald Duke with over $300 million invested in the initial development of the resort.
Tinapa resort is a resort for business and leisure. Visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery along with the entertainment made possible by the availability of a movie production studio, casino, cinema, amphitheater, pubs and children arcade.
3. Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Mountain Resort is also located in Cross River State, Nigeria. The beautiful scenery along with its temperate climate and serenity, offer the perfect location for adventures, holidays and meditations. The Mountain Resort has seen tourism increase in that part of Nigeria as various tourists both local and international patronise Obudu Mountain resort.
4. Ikogosi Warm and Cold Spring
Ikogosi warm and cold spring is located in Ekiti State, Nigeria. It is legendary and unique in that it is said to be the side-by-side presence and fusion of a warm spring and a cold spring which even if they run parallel to each other, never mix. Looking for a place to tour? Try Ikogosi.
5. Idanre Hills
Idanre Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a collection of hills with spectacular view. The hill is an abandoned city with hither-to dwelt in houses, an ancient palace and shrine, all left intact on top of the hills.
A climb through the 640 steps with 5 resting places up to the top of the hills is rewarded with a first-hand view of settings on the hill and the Arun River and a clear stream which is claimed to give a strange feeling to people who swim in it. The top of the hills also presents a panoramic view of the Idanre town which is at the foot of the hills.
Idanre is in Ondo State of Nigeria.
6. Mambilla Plateau
Located in Taraba state and Standing tall at about 1,830 meters above sea level is the legendary Mambilla Plateau which is thought to be the highest point in Nigeria.
Mambilla Plateau is blessed with a rather temperate climate which is quite a contrast to the usual tropic climate experienced in Nigeria.
7. Lake Chad
Lake Chad is the largest natural lake in Nigeria. The lake is of immense economic importance as it serves the agricultural needs of Borno State in Nigeria as well as those of the neighbouring nations of Niger, Cameroun and Chad.
For tourists the attraction offered by Lake Chad is in boating, birdwatching, fishing villages and aquatic animals like hippopotamus, crocodile and clawless otter.
8. Confluence of Rivers Niger and Benue
Rivers Niger and Benue are two of the largest rivers in West Africa, they both meet at the confluence town in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
Tourists will also be interested in fishing activities that take place on the rivers. Ferry and boat services are available.
Badagry is a notable town in Lagos. The town is very prominent in Nigeria’s history as it serves as one of the first places of contact between Nigeria and the Europeans. The town is notable for the slave trade widely known back then in the slave trade era of years past.
Badagry also has the spot where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria. It has the first storey building in Nigeria, built in 1845 and still standing.
10. Olumo Rock
Olumo Rock is located in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital and it served as a nature-given refuge for early settlers in Abeokuta against enemies. The features of the rock which prepared it as a refuge are amazing. A number of caves are designed to serve as rooms, halls and bunkers while the top serves as a point from where enemy advance could be monitored.
Olumo rock now boasts of a museum, restaurants, water fountain and an elevator to make a visit pleasurable.