Top 10 Tourist Attractions In Nigeria

Looking for the top 10 tourist attractions In Nigeria, we took out time to list a few.

There is no shortage of fun when visiting new places Nigeria.

The country has managed to garner worldwide recognition due to fascinating and breath-taking scenery or historically significant tourist attractions.

With the right planning and proper location scouting,

you could have the opportunity of visiting the best scenic spots you have ever dreamt of.

If you’re looking to have a good time during the holiday season by yourself, with friends or family.

we have picked the top 10 tourist attractions in Nigeria just for you.

Nike Art Gallery

This is an art gallery in Lagos state-owned Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye.

She is a Nigerian Batik and Adire textile designer.

The gallery is arguably the first of its kind and the largest art museum in West Africa – a monumental five-story tall building.

It is home to about 8,000 different artistic masterpieces from various Nigerian artists.

From the exterior, you are greeted with a fence that is complete with rare marbles.

Its walls are covered in different artistic inscriptions and drawings from the inner courtyard of the gallery.

Where you’ll find the stone sculptures, tie-dye workshop, and hanging craftworks, to the wide variety of art displayed inside the magnificent structure.

Its scenery and unmistakable ambience of paradise on earth are what granted.

it a place amongst the highest-ranking destinations that are worth visiting.

It is a must-visit for every art connoisseur.

Kajuru Castles

This picturesque structure is a luxurious privately owned medieval-themed castle that rests at the top of a mountain just on the outskirts of Kaduna City.

It was built over a period of 5-6 years.

The Kajuru Castle has dungeon-like bedrooms and towers with crenulated walls.

Many would-be shocked to find out that it was built less than 50 years ago, in 1983, by a German migrant, Burg Heinrichswalde, who was living in the state by then.

It is without a doubt an architectural masterpiece and indeed a sight to behold.

The castle is open for 24hours, drawing in visitors from all over the country and making it one of Nigeria’s biggest tourist attractions.

Kajuru castle has the capacity to house up to 150 people. Due to the fact that it was previously a private property and does not have a lot of rooms,

It only accommodates 10 persons per night in its 5 rooms. Therefore, reservations are made before the date of arrival.

The prices range from three hundred thousand nairas to a half a million, depending on what type of package you are signing up for.

The castle has an outdoor swimming pool, a gym in the basement, a sauna.

Also, billiards, well-furnished modern kitchens (because the housing package does not cover feeding), and a barbecue spot.

This is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Nigeria

Tinapa Resort

The location of Tinapa is a trade-free zone close to Calabar river. Sitting on 860,000 sq. ft,

The resort serves as a haven for traders and commercial activities while doubling as a fun vacation spot to visit during vacations.

The resort was commissioned in 2007 by former governor Donald Duke.

In order to generate revenue that would go into the funding of state projects and contribute immensely to Cross River state.

Tinapa has a film studio, Tinapa Film Studio, located within the Tinapa Free Zone & Resort. It provides top-quality production and post-production.

There are countless fun activities that you and your family can engage in at Tinapa such as water games in the park or surfing in the artificial lake.

You can also lodge in the Tinapa Lake Side hotel, situated just beside the lake.

There are also countless stores which you could visit to purchase souvenirs.

The Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos, sits high as one of the best nature reserves in Nigeria.

Lekki Conservation Centre

Resting on 78 hectares, this conservation and relaxation centre offers a breath of fresh air and an escape from the outside world.

The centre was created in 1990 and governed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF). Since its creation, it has become one of Nigeria’s best tourist attractions.

It is home to a wide array of plants and animals.

Its huge tract of wetlands is set aside for wildlife viewing. Raised walkways enable viewing of animals like monkeys, crocodiles, snakes and various birds.

Side attractions include swamp outlook, bird hide, library, rest stops and the treehouse with a visitor’s centre and a kid’s playground among the trees.

Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort

This resort located in a forest in Ekiti state gives you the pleasure of experiencing the magic of both warm and cold springs coming together but still retaining their individual temperatures.

It is unique and no one has been able to explain the magic behind this occurrence.

The most popular myth behind it says that two wives of a hunter got involved in a fight, one was a hothead while the other, cold headed.

The myth says they were the ones who transformed into the water bodies.

It has become without a doubt one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Nigeria.

Where people to go marvel at this wonder or engage in other fun activities.

It has an outdoor pool, bar, restaurant and amphitheatre. Also, within Ikogosi resort are a number of lodges.

The New Afrika Shrine

Fela Anikulapo Kuti is remembered as a revolutionary in Nigeria.

He is credited with the emergence of Afrobeat music rising to local and international prominence in the ’60s.

During his career as composer and musician.

Fela sang songs and staged performances that satirized the failing system of the government.

He wasn’t afraid to speak about the moral decadence plaguing society.

So, it is no surprise that his spirit has been immortalized in a way in what is known as “The new Arika Shrine” a.k.a “The fela shrine.”

In October 2000, on the third anniversary of Fela’s death, his eldest son, Femi.

Established The New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos State to pay homage to his father.

The new shrine is now an open-air entertainment centre.

The venue hosts a variety of events including performances by Femi Kuti and his band and many other Nigerian artistes.

Seun Kuti also performs on the last Saturday of every month. 

On many occasions, entry into the venue does not attract any gate fee.

The shrine pulls in tourists from different parts of the country and of the world year in, year out.

In October 2018, Frances’ current President, Emmanuel Macron became the first President in history to ever visit the shrine.

Queen Amina’s Wall

Queen Amina was a brave warrior and a great queen.

Her exact date of birth is not known but she lived around the mid-sixteenth century.

She was a revolutionary in her time.

Because she conquered so many adversaries and accomplished a lot of things men couldn’t even possibly dream of doing.

She was a brilliant military strategist who in a bid to protect her camps from external threats, ordered earthen walls to be built.  

Some of these walls known as “ganuwar” of Amina still stand majestically in the modern city of Zaria.

They have become a major tourist attraction because of the historical significance and rich back story.

The Ibeno Beach

This beach is located in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State.

Its magnificent landmass stretches across over 245km on a sandbank, making it the longest sand beach in West Africa.

There are large numbers of trees planted around the coastline of the beach.

Which doubles both as an aesthetic and as a source of coconut water for thirsty visitors.

Ibeno beach boasts of numerous fun activities that will leave you impressed and wanting to come back for more.

There are activities like boating, rafting, skiing, camel riding, horse riding and a lot more.

The Beach’s ambience is unmatched because of its serenity.

Combined with a majestic deep blue ocean with waves crashing against the shore and never-ending breath of fresh air.

LUFASI Nature Park

Lagos isn’t called the centre of excellence for anything; the state boasts of most of Nigeria’s tourist attractions due to its advanced development.

LUFASI Park or Lekki Urban Forest Animal Shelter Initiative is a special type of park.

It serves both as a sanctuary for animals such as monkeys and tortoises, donkeys, rabbits, ducks and many more.

It is also a park where visitors could walk around, sit and just enjoy nature.

The park rests on a whopping 20 hectares of land along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

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Author: Favour Onyeoziri

Favour Onyeoziri is a travel enthusiast. He also loves writing about his travel experiences, while sharing valuable guides and tips that would be valuable to fellow travel lovers

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