Gurara Waterfalls in Niger State, Nigeria is less than 2 hours away from Abuja. It lies about 2 minutes off the Suleja-Minna road. There is typically a signpost along the road pointing tourists to the Gurara Waterfalls itself. However when some friends and I visited in April 2019, this signpost had been converted into a political advert material for the 2019 presidential elections, so we actually went past Gurara Falls hoping to see the signpost somewhere along the road. It took the intervention of some roadside mechanics who we asked a few minutes later to point us back towards the exit leading to the Waterfall.
The gate fee at the falls is five hundred naira per adult and once you get in, a guide is assigned to take you around. For those who have visited a waterfall before, you know how the noise of crashing water is unmistakable right? So from the entrance, one can hear the sound of the Gurara Waterfall. The first stop during the tour of the fall is usually from a vantage point above the waterfall. Here you get to see the waterfall and the wide expanse of small rocks that it constantly flows across.
We went in the month of April which was not the peak of the rainy season, so the whole ambiance of Gurara Waterfalls was not as beautiful and dramatic as it would have been if it were in the thick of the rainy season, with enough water overflowing the whole place.
After getting a bird’s view from the top, we were taken down a sloppy path which led us to the Gurara Waterfalls itself. This time, we were not just observers, we were standing, walking and taking pictures on the rock formations which were an integral part of the Gurara Waterfalls. From this second entrance, we had could touch the water, see the waterfall first hand and even swim around in the large pool at the base of the waterfall (although none of us had the mind to actually swim).
Like most tourist attractions, the fun in visiting Gurara Waterfalls depends on individuals and how daring, creative and curious you are. So while some of us played it safe by just climbing and looking around, others explored more crevices, climbed to higher parts of the rocks and even bathed underneath the cascading waters of the Gurara fall.
The last part of the tour was an uphill climb across the hot rocks leading uphill and towards the exit of the waterfall. This took about ten minutes. After the climb, anyone would definitely ask for chilled water. At the end of the day, your experience of Gurara Waterfalls is what you are willing to make of it. Fun, exciting, educative or boring? The ball is really in your court.