Yes, we are a multicultural nation with a rich history and we are blessed with an abundance of tourist attractions across the length and breadth of the country but in this article, I will like to lay my focus on 70 tourist attractions in Nigeria.
And in no particular order, here is a highlight of 70 Tourist Attractions In Nigeria:
Tourist Attractions In Nigeria
1. National Theatre
This architectural spectacle was constructed in 1976 as a national monument for the presentation, preservation and promotion of Nigerian culture and arts. It is located in Lagos.
2. Azumini Blue River
The Azumini Blue River is one of the favourite tourists resort because of its unique crystal clear blue water with sandy beaches. Picnickers enjoying canoe rides is one of the major visitors’ activities in this river. It has relaxation conveniences like chairs and tables and is located in Abia State nearing the borders between Rivers and Akwa Ibom State. Visitors will equally get to enjoy special delicacies.
3. Yankari National Park
Yankari National Park is Nigeria’s best Wildlife Park. Crocodiles, Baboons, Hippopotamus, Waterbucks, Warthogs and Duiker are all present at the park. The Park has several attractions for visitors round the year, however, the best time to visit is from the month of November through May when the animals come together around the Gaji River.
4. Obudu Cattle Ranch
Obudu Cattle Ranch is a preferred destination for both international and local tourists alike. Special features of the ranch include horse riding, bird watching, sporting facilities, natural swimming pool, gorilla camp, beautiful waterfall and exquisite hotels. It is located in Cross River State near where Nigeria shares border with Cameroon. The Ranch has temperate weather round the year.
5. The Long JuJu Shrine of Arochukwu
The long Juju shrine is a must visit for practitioners of traditional religion. It is a popular believe that the cave contains a long metal pipe that serves as a medium through which the gods communicate with humans. There an administrative hierarchy at the shrine with Chief Priest at the helm of affairs. The shrine s located in Arochukwu Local Government area of Abia State.
6. Ogbunike Cave
Divided into segments, the Ogbunike Cave is among the nature wonders. The various segments of the Cave has there peculiarities which are better explained by the local tour guides. Ogbunike Cave is about an hour drive from the market town of Onitsha, Anambra State.
8. Ibeno Beach
Ibeno Beach is among the charming beaches in Nigeria. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to James town, the Ibeno beach is a water lover’s paradise. It is located in Akwa Ibom State. Ibena Soccer Tornament always take place at this destination.
9. Benue Hills
The hills of Benue are among the historical places in Nigeria. Benue State is located in the middle belt region and has a hilly topography which is a major tourist’s attraction, among them are Ushogbo Hills found in Ushogbo town; Bassa Hills; and Ikyogen Hills which is surrounded by ever green vegetation. No wonder it is popularly called Ikyogen Cattle Ranch. Tourists with interest in history will like to visit Swern Hills, which is believed to be the Origin of Tiv people.
10. Oguta Lake Holiday Complex
Oguta Lake is the largest natural Lake in Nigeria after lake Chad. Lots of recreational activities take place at the lake. Also, the Oguta Lake complex has mini children recreational park, Golf course of international standard, Cruise boat services, Relic of Nigerian civil war- a mini bunker, Golf Club Bar House and natural confluence of Urashi River and Oguta Lake. Oguta Lake is located in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.
11. Mbari Cultural Centre
The Mbari Cultural centre houses sculptures and artifacts which is the social-religious life of the Igbos. Its features include the monument of the “ALA” the goddess of the earth. The plastic representation of symbols of deities like Amadioha (god of thunder) , the ALA, the Ogwugwu (god of the forest). All the deities are surrounded by their mystic messengers like monkeys, snakes, owl and tortoise. It is an open air museum exhibiting the culture and aesthetics of Igbo people and is located in Ikenegbu layout and in Aboh Mbaise, both in Imo State.
12. Agbokim Waterfalls
Agbokim waterfalls is an enchanting sight and a tourists favorite picnic spot. It is located very close to Cameroon-Nigeria border, Cross River State. It is very close to Ikom.
13. Lake Chad
Lake Chad is strategically located on the borders of four countries; Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon which makes it a tourists’ magnet. Visit to Several Fishing villages and boating is the favourite tourists’ activity. In Nigeria Lake Chad can be found in Borno State.
14. Sillicon Hill
The silicon Hill is above 300 metres above sea level and about half kilometre long and is made of silica a raw material used in the manufacture of glass. The hills and its surroundings is such a natural splendor and perfect spot for sightseeing. Silicon Hills is situated in Nkpologu in Enugu State.
15. Ososo Tourist Centre
The Ososo tourists centre is built on the rocky hills landscape in Ososo town, located on the boundary between Edo and Kogi States. The hills has a temperate weather condition for most part of the year and an amusement park to enhance its tourism potential is on the way.
16. Abraka-Gordon River Resort, Abraka
Abraka River Layout is a perfect spot for a quiet picnic away from the hustles and bustles of the city. Swimming, boat riding, fishing is some of the favorite activities here. Taking a walk on the sandy beach and watching Ethiope River flowing rhythmically and slowly is such a soul refreshing experience. Children’s playground, rackets/ badminton courts and lawn tennis court are some of the side attraction at this resort situated in Abraka.
17. Ezeagu Tourist Complex
The Ezeagu Tourists Complex is located about 30 minutes drive from Enugu city and has several recreational facilities which includes a a cave, a water fall and a lake. It is a natural splendor with Obinofia Cave alone covering about 5 kilometres with spectacular segments all breathtaking. The entire scenery is unique and even the vegetation is exotic and, to crown it all, the entire Cave have several interconnected tunnels and linking large chambers.
18. Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary
The Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Benin City. It houses mona monkey, chimpanzees, porcupines, duikers, buffalo, elephants, bush-baby, the putty nosed quenon, horn bills, the red river hog and most important of all the white-throated monkey which is in danger of extinction. The Okomu Forest Reserve is the second largest in Nigeria.
19. Bible Site, Araya
Sometimes in August 1914, it was believe that a copy of the Holy Bible fell from heaven and landed in Ayaya in Delta State. The spot where the bible landed is now a holy site and attracts pilgrims in their numbers.
20. Slave Trade Relics
Relics of the slave trade consist of locks and shackles that are preserved by Mobee family at Marina Badagry. It is still in the custody of the family and is on exhibition in the family house.
21. Agia tree in the Ancient Town of Badagry
Christianity was first preached in Nigeria under the Agia Tree at Market Street, in the ancient city of Badagry. Though the tree has now fallen, that spot is a tourist’s magnate.
22. Verekete Shrine, Badagry
Richard Lander was put on trial in this shrine before a shrine priest on charges of Espionage and he was not harmed after drinking which proved him innocent of the charges.
23. Confluence of River Niger and River Benue
River Niger and River Benue are the two largest Rivers in West Africa. The confluence of the two rivers happens to be in Lokoja forming Y-shape when you view it from the top and flowing together to the Atlantic Ocean. River Benue has a light green colour while River Niger has a light brown colour.
24. The Iron of Liberty
Lokoja, was a slave trade centre which later became commercial centre for European missionaries and merchants. When the war against slave trade began, Lokoja became a temporary lodging for slaves rescued from merchants, who are later to be set free.The spot where the slaves were set free is marked with an iron pole now known as Iron of Liberty.
25. Maiyegun Beach
The maiyegun beach located in the Maiyegun Tourism Zone in Oti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State hosts the renowned Lekki Sunsplash Musical Concert. A development plan to transform the beach to an international modern resort is on.
26. Pategi Beach
Pategi Beach located on the banks of the River Niger has a long stretch of sands and also features Regatta pavilion and Regatta complex. It is certainly wonderful holiday resort.
27. Owu Waterfalls
At Owu Waterfalls, the waters falls from a height of 120 metres to a cool pool below with an evergreen vegetation surrounding the waterfalls. It is situated in Owa Kajola, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.
28. Zuma Rock
The Zuma Rock is believed to possess some mystical powers. A human face is engraved on the side facing the road. The rock exudes natural splendor and is a perfect spot for picnic. It is situated on the Kaduna Abuja Highway.
29. Gurara Waterfalls
Gurara falls is located about 76 kilometres along Minna Suleja road. it a very beautiful sight to behold. The Gurara river is a huge arm of the famous River Niger and during rainy season, the river is full to the beam. Visitors can swim in the river during the dry season around January when the water is clear.
30. Dr. Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre
This centre located in Niger state give practical lessons on modern pottery making to native porters and has contributed to the preservation of Nigeria’s cultural heritage through modern pottery.
31. Bida Brass Works
Located in Bida town Niger state is Bida Brass Works. The Brass product are used for decoration purposes and it is also popular among tourists who buy them as souvenirs.
32. Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
Olumo Rock is an enormous projection of granite rocks of ancient formation. It is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The people of Egba believe olumo rock has a shrine that protects them and offer annual sacrifices to the deity. It is a monument of traditional religion of Egba people and a source of pride to them. The rock is 137m above sea level and the rock is up to 20 feet long and 25 feet wide.
33. Birikisu Sungbo Shrine
The Birikisu Sungbo Shrine is located in Ogun State Tourist Centre in Ijebuode local Government. Some Myths claim Birikisu Sungbo is the same person as Queen of Sheba of the bible. Annually during Moslem festivals, many Moslem faithful gather at the tomb shrine to offer prayers, seeking various favors which they believe the spirit of Birikisu can grant them.
34. Idanre Hills
Idanre Hills is located in Idare/Ifedore local government Area Of Ondo state. The top of one of Idanre Hills has 600 steps to be climbed before getting to its top from where visitors can see the beautiful sights of this “ancient castles” built by nature herself.
35. Ikogosi Warm & Cold Spring
The Ikogosi warm and cold spring flows down from a hilly setting and from another hilly landscape. The cold spring rolls down and merges with the warm spring at the confluence. The entire scenery is captivating with the ever green vegetation forming natural shelter where tourists can have some relaxation. There are also lodgings available. The Spring is located in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ondo State.
36. Osun Shrine
the Osun shrine is located on the banks of Osun River and is symbolic of traditional religion of the people of Osogbo. The Yoruba gods are represented in their numbers in this shrine.
37. lfe Ancient City
The Ife ancient city is held in nostalgia by the Yoruba tribe as their place of origin. One of the legends in Yoruba land is that creation of the whole world started from ife. It is a must visit location for tourists interested in Yoruba culture and history.
38. University Museum, Ife
The Obafemi Awolowo University museum is a place you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Ife. It is sited on Old lkirun Road.
39. Ooni’s Palace
The Palace of The traditional ruler of Ile Ife is home to many relics of the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba race. It a historical monument funded by the state government.
40. The City lbadan
Ibadan is the cultural and commercial centre of Oyo state. It is an ancient African city with lots of attractions for visitors. Finance building, Lekan Salami Sports Centre, Premier Hotel, Cultural Centre and Parliament Building are some of the interesting landmarks in the city. It has a good road network to all parts of the state and the entire South West.
41. Opa Oranmiyan
Oranmiyan staff, the third Ooni of ife is reputed to nails and spikes piercing from its sides, having a dimension of about 11.5 metres at the base and 5 metres high. It is made of stone and was used as weapon against enemies. It has become a top tourist’s attraction.
42. lfe Museum
Ife museum is very rich in archaeological artefacts. It is now a national monument under the management of National Monuments.
43. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
The tourist beach in port Harcourt is one of the exquisite place to be in Rivers State. The beautiful waters and long stretch of sandy landscape makes it a perfect picnic spot. The Resort has conference centre, sunbathing sites, restaurants, and accommodation for visitors. The cultural entertainers at the beach take to ecstatic thrill.
44. Jos Wildlife Park
Jos Wildlife Park is Nigeria’s best man-made wildlife park is home to buffalos, lions, hippos, pythons, pigmy, horses, crocodiles, birds and many more wildlife. It has a hilly landscape with diverse plant life and lots of picnic sites. Facilities at the park includes picnic pine forest, children’s play ground, video viewing centre, wildlife museum and restaurant.
45. Wase Rock
Wase rock is a dome shaped rock that is a breeding site to Pelican birds. It rises up to 350 metres above sea level making it a favourite attraction for geologists, bird watchers, geographers and mountaineers. It is located in Wase town in 216 km South East of Jos.
46. The Sultan of Sokoto Palace
The palace of the sultan of Sokoto is an architectural and artistic master piece. It is also icon of the Nigerian Muslim world and represents as well as exudes cultural excellence. It is located in Sokoto town, in Sokoto state.
47. Assop Falls
Located at the middle of scenic rocks and appealing trees , Assop Falls gives tourists awe-inspiring views. Swimming, rock climbing and picnicking is among the favorite fun activities at the falls. Native houses are available for leisure and open air bar services is also present.
48. The Mambilla Plateau
The plateau has an undulating setting with temperate climate and is roughly 1,830 metres above sea level. The Mambila Tourist Centre is situated in the high land of Gembu.
49. Uthman Dan Fodio Tomb
The Tomb of Uthman Dan Fodio is a famous attraction in Sokoto State. Othman Dan Fodio earned a place in Nigeria history as a Jihadist who spread Islam in the Northern Nigeria and beyond.
50. Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja
Trnscorp Hilton Hotel Abuja is a 5 star hotel designed in a modern art-deco style with rooms feature deluxe amenities, plush furnishings, marble baths, internet access etc. Special features include 24-hour business centre, 24 meeting rooms and congress hall for up to 1200 guests, seven restaurants and bars, on-site casino and shopping arcade, Outdoor pool and extensive recreational facilities. The hotel is 40 minutes drive from Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.
51. Sheraton Abuja, Hotel
Sheraton Abuja Hotel is 40 minutes drive away from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and is within the several attractions sites and is a 5 star hotel. It has an array of tastefully furnished guest rooms to fit your every mood. It has all the facilities for gaming, a swimming pool and a fitness centre.
52. Sheraton Lagos Hotel
Sheraton hotels Lagos, located a few minutes’ drive from the murtala Mohammed International Airport. It has 325 guest rooms, with 7 suites. The hotel offers sunny views of downtown Lagos and it has lots of recreational facilities.
53. Federal Palace Hotel
Federal Palace hotel is a 150-room 5 star hotel located on the commercial hub of Victoria Island and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It has an exquisite boardroom and many recreational facilities.
54. Benin City National Museum
The Benin City National Museum is located in the city centre around King’s Square. The museum has a significant number of artefacts related to the Benin Empire such as terracotta, bronze figures and cast iron pieces.
55. Gidan Makama Museum Kano
The Gidan Makama Musuem Kano has a large collection of crafts, arts and items of historic significance related to Kano region. It is a 15th century edifice and is designated as National monument. The history artefacts of Kano can be found here including those related to the civil war and music.
56. Kaduna Museum
Kaduna Musuem has an exhibition of a large collection of ethnographic, crafts exhibits, archaeological materials and also showcases craft works and you can watch traditional craftsmen make crafts.
57. National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art is a major art gallery in Lagos. It is a permanent exhibition of the National Gallery of Art, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation. The gallery is located within the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu.
58. National War Museum Umuahia
The war museum Umuahia has three Major galleries: the traditional warfare gallery, the Armed Forces gallery, and the civil war gallery.On exhibition in the museum is local ammunitions locally made by Biafran Army engineers during the Nigerian Civil war. The ammunitions include Ojukwu bucket, Ogbunigwe, Armoured Vehicles code named Red Devils and rocket launchers.
59. Calabar Museum
The Calabar Museum, also known as the slave trade museum, has colonial architecture. The exhibition inside it includes relics of British Empire, documents concerning slave trade and palm produce trade in Nigeria. Also on display are artworks and artefacts from pre-colonial and colonial era of Nigeria. It is located in Cross River State.
60. Slave Masters Lodge, Okopedi, Itu
The Itu River is located in Itu, a small town close to Uyo. It was famous for slave trade route. It has relics of ware houses, more like detention center, where slaves were held before shipment through the Itu River. The white slave merchants’ lodge is a charming one deck edifice.
61. Amalgamation House
It was in this iconic facility that the Former Colonial governor, Lord Luggard, amalgamated the southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914 thus giving birth to today’s Nigeria. The cease fire that ended the Nigerian civil war was declared here. Opposite the Amalgamation house is the building that was Lord Luggard’s residence during the time of amalgamation.
62. Tinapa Resort
Tinapa business and leisure resort is located within the Calabar Free Trade Zone. It has an artificial tidal Lake, a Water Park with an entrainment section that has digital cinema, a casino, a night club and pubs, mini amphitheater and children’s arcade. It also boasts 80, 0000 square metres of space for small shops and warehouses. The resort also features a 243 rooms 3 star hotel.
63. IITA Forest Ibadan
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has a forest reserve at their campus at the north of Ibadan ancient town which serves not only for research but also a leisure and sightseeing spot. This natural reserve serves various species of birds with a 3 kilometre long lake filled with diverse fish species.
64. Millennium Park
Millennium Park is the largest public park in Abuja and it has a nice walkway with fountains and lights. The park has a narrow river running through its centre and the remains of what was probably more extensive riverside woodland clinging to its edges. One side of the Millennium Park consists of unspoilt nature, brushwood as well as greenhouses for butterflies and tropical birds. The other side is dedicated to the scientific knowledge of the natural environment with its very traditional and rigid Italian Style Garden Layout.
65. Wiki Warm Springs
The Wiki Warm Springs is located inside the Yankari National park. It is 10 metres wide and 200 metres long with crystal clear warm water. Wikki Warm Springs is one of the top attractions of the Yankari National Park. Its warm water makes it unique and visitors enjoy swimming in it night and day.
66. Kainji Lake National Park
This is closely linked with the famous Kainji lake oil hydroelectric complex. It lies between Borgu and Zugurma sectors of Kwara State. It can be reached through Lokoja, from Lagos through Ibadan, Ilorin and Jebba. The park is full of diverse wildlife, a variety of ethno-historical and cultural sites amongst which are lions, Kobs, antelopes, hippopotamus, etc.
67. Tarkwa Bay
Tarkwa Bay is a sheltered beach along the Lagos harbor. It can be reached by boat from Maroko or from under Falomo Bridge on Victoria Island. This beach provides a pleasant outing with safe swimming conditions, even for children. Activities enjoyed at the beach include swimming, water skiing, surfing and enjoying the cool breeze of this peaceful beach.
68. MicCom Golf Course & Hotel Resort
MicCom Golf Course is a privately owned golf course with hotel facilities attached to it. The golf course is situated in a serene , scenic and tranquil environment. MicCom Golf Hotel Resort is situated in the rustic town of Ada in Osun State. The course is set in the serene, picturesque location deep within the lovely and tranquil forests of the South-West. This tranquillity is only broken by the musical chirping of birds. The Hotel can just be described as an architectural spectacle, beautifully blending with the natural splendour of the environment.
69. La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort
La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort is a 65 acre peaceful paradise located about 1 hour drive from Victoria Island in Lagos State. It a special blend of natural environments such as accessible mangrove forest, a fresh water lake, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea and a savannah. The resort offers first class accommodation.
70. Le’meridein Ogeyi’s place
Le’meridien Ogeyi’s place offers 3 conference rooms with an outdoor pool and a Spa. The rooms are very tasteful furnished with a touch of African Style. The warm hospitality of the staff contributes to the luxury you will enjoy at this hotel.
In addition to the above 70 Tourist Attractions In Nigeria, here are a few more for you below:
- Amanchore Cave
- Orole Hills, Ikere Ekiti
- Orole Hills, Ikere Ekiti
- The Ugele Hills
- Enemabia Warm Spring
- Eggon Hills and Caves
- Dyeing Pits and Calabash Carving in Lafia
- Katsina City Gate
- Kano City Wall
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