Nigeria is a beautiful country endowed with many awe-inspiring natural landscapes. These natural jewels are spread across the length and breadth of Nigeria and should be visited at least once by all Nigerians. If you are visiting, you should also try to experience these beautiful spaces.
Ikogosi Warm and Cold Springs
The Ikogosi warm and cold springs is located in Ekiti State. This natural spring is surrounded by hills and plantations. The warm spring flows from a valley and the cold spring flows down from a higher source, meeting at a pool where you can swim.
The Walled City of Kano
The Kano city wall is a 14km radius earth structure, initially built from 1095 through 1134. It was completed in the middle of the 14th century and further extended in the 16th century. It originally had a height of 30 to 50 feet and was about 40 feet thick at the base with 15 gates. It was a defense wall and now it is probably the biggest physical tourist attraction the city has to offer. You can get an aerial view of the entire city from the peak of Dala Hill. Visiting this city is like time travelling to the ancient city of Kano.
Obudu Mountain Resort
Obudu Mountain Resort is situated in the highlands of Cross River State. To get to the hilltop from the base you take an 11km winding road which has enchanting scenery. Seeing this from ground level or a bird’s eye view are both enthralling. Once you are in the hills, the sunsets are breathtaking, and you feel like you can touch the clouds. The resort has a lot to offer from nature walks, horse riding to swimming.
The Ogbunike Caves are in Ogbunike, Anambra State in a valley blanketed by tropical rainforest. The main cave consists of a massive structure with a big, open chamber about 5m high, 10m wide and 30m long at the entrance. There are 10 tunnels at the main chamber leading in different directions. There are streams and bodies of water at various places. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the caves have retained the same biodiversity for hundreds of years, and are like a glimpse into another world. Visitors must remove their shoes before entering the caves, as per tradition.
The Mambilla plateau is located in the highland region of Taraba State. The plateau is Nigeria's northern continuation of the Bamenda Highlands of Cameroon. The Mambilla Plateau has an average elevation of about 1,600m (5,249 feet) above sea level, making it the highest plateau in Nigeria. The Chappal Waddi mountain is the highest mountain in Nigeria and this region is the coolest in Nigeria. The Mambilla Plateau is hilly with deep gorges and travelers are constantly passing from one panoramic view to the other. The plateau is entirely covered by soil with occasional occurrences of granite. Some rare species of animals and birds are housed in Gashaka-Gumti National Park within the landscape of Mambilla Plateau.
Yankari National Park
The park is located in the heartland of the West African savanna in Bauchi State. It covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometres (866 square miles) and is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. The savannah creates a conducive environment for its precious wildlife to thrive. With about 350 elephant inhabitants, it is home to the largest remnant elephant population in Nigeria. The Yankari Game Reserve preserves a significant population of buffalo, lion, hippo, hartebeest and roan.
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