Nigeria is one of the countries endowed with so many beautiful natural wonders. Even after so many centuries, these beautiful natural attractions still stand tall. Also, it has paved way for a lot of tourist visits and stories. So, here are 10 natural wonders of the world handpicked from me to you.
1. Ilumirin Erin Ijesha Water Fall
Located at Erin Ijesha, Oriade local government area, Osun state is this magnificent beauty. The waterfall was discovered in 1140 AD by one of the daughters of Oduduwa; Akinla, whom after hearing its sounds from a distance thought it was another god. The fall features seven floors, on top of which the village Abake is located.
2. Idanre Hills, Akure
Located in Ondo Akure, this is another tourist site to behold. It remains one of the wonders of nature, with the highest peak reached by six hundred and sixty seven steps (667). This awe-inspiring site is estimated to be over 800 years old. Idanre hills in those ancient days offered protection against invaders. Also, the natives of the town usually worship the hills and appease it every year. In structure, the hills are steep-sided, dome-shaped and smooth in nature. Parts of the hills are named after some historical figures in the land who contributed to the socio-cultural evolution of Idanre land. For example, the Olofin and Orosun hills are named after the pioneer king of Oke Idanre and his Olori (Queen). It is surrounded by a luscious landscape which makes it beautiful.
3. The Ikogosi Warm and Cold Springs, Ekiti State
This is perhaps one of the most impeccable sights you can see. This awe-inspiring wander is located in Ekiti state. The source of the warm spring is from a valley while the cold spring has another source independently. Both springs connect in a pool.
At the source, the warm spring has a temperature of about 700c and becomes 370c when it joins with the cold spring. Also, the springs are believed to have its own healing effects; mostly healing people who have rheumatism and guinea worm.
4. Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi State
In the North-eastern part of Nigeria lies another fantasy. However, what’s best about this is that you don’t have to just imagine it, you can see it for yourself! The Yankari Game Reserve has the richest wildlife source in Nigeria. This place is home to the largest number (about 350) of the elephant species in the whole of Nigeria. It also maintains a significant number of lions, hartebeest, buffalos, hippos, and roans. The Yankari Game Reserve is covered mainly by Sudan savannah vegetation and has a land mass of about 2,244 km².
5. The Ogbunike Cave, Anambra State
This cave is located in Oyi Local government of Anambra state. Named after the town Ogbunike, this cave is divided into at least three sections. As expected it also has different stories about each of the sections which the native tour guides are always happy to tell.
At the entrance of the cave, a rock forms a vault-like pattern. From the corners and the top are cool spring water dripping. When you are inside the vault it is extremely serene and mystical. There are also two levels of the naturally carved network of tunnels; the lower level which is about a 100m long. It also leads to an underground river, Then, the upper level is longer and at the north-western end sits a bat colony and a waterfall.
6. Owu Falls, Kwara State
The Owu falls is about 120 meters above sea level. It flows 330 feet down to a pool of ice cold water below. What’s more is that it is surrounded by natural vegetation, hills, and an amazing natural ambiance. This beautiful place is located in Ifelodun local Government Kwara state.
7. Obudu Mountain Resort
This lustrous mountain resort is located in Cross River State. This is a natural wonder and to get there you can take the cable car which will lift you to the top. The Obudu mountain resort is considered the best man-made wonder in the country.
In this resort, the features include a Becheve Nature Resort with over 200 different species of migratory birds, a Water Park where you can experience state-of-the-art water slides or the calming effects of the Jacuzzi. Tourists can also take a stroll through the 60km canopy walkway which is built in form of a ladder tree house.
8. The convergence of the River Niger and River Benue, Lokoja
These rivers are the two largest rivers in West Africa. Thes wonders meet at Lokoja to form a Y-shaped structure and flow into the Atlantic. Interestingly, both rivers have two different colors; River Benue is greenish in color while River Niger is of a brownish color.
There are boat and ferry services that are available to view this beauty. Surrounding it are green vegetation spread out and land. What is most spectacular about this place is the way the rivers spread like a mighty eagle whilst in the middle of the fertile land. Viewing this place from an airplane is one of the most beautiful sights to behold.
9. Farin Ruwa Falls, Nasarawa State
Waterfalls are always a wonder to behold. In Wamba Local Government of Nasarawa, there is something as magnanimous. With a height of 150m and a breadth of 50m, this breathtaking natural wonder is worth the adventure. It goes side by side with Canada’s Niagra and Zambia’s Victoria Falls making it Nigeria’s own blazing wonder.
10. Sukur Cultural Landscape, Adamawa
The landscape was included to the world heritage sites in 1999. Located on top of the highest plains on the Mandara Mountains in Madageli, it features the Palace of the Hidi, terraced fields, and the remains of a former iron industry.