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Experience the best of African fashion at Kofar Mata dyeing pit

by Rebecca/December 10 01:23 PM Last updated on Kofar Mata Dyeing Pits is located at Muritala Mohammed Road, Kano, Kano. This is where you may want to come first if you are a fashion-savvy person.? The local artisans work to ensure that they produce stunning designs on the clothes that would be sold to people. You can come here to learn how the dyeing business works and also buy yourself some fabrics. These fabrics are very affordable compared to what you may get when you are buying from the market. A tourist will experience, firsthand, the process of dyeing fabric, and may even purchase one of the finished works for a small stipend. The dye pits said to be over 500 hundred years old, produces materials dyed in various shades of blue and indigo colors to the ancient Trans Saharan traders. This valuable export material was used in the ancient kingdoms of West Africa. The rehabilitated pits are situated along with kofar mata gate and the age-long tradition has continued with the dyers producing beautiful patterned materials dyed in the indigo colors. It is quite interesting watching the traditional dyers at work using the same age-long method of dying. The sheer age of the market overwhelms a visitor, and its significance as a symbol of Kano's glory cannot be ignored. Production techniques included weaving followed by tie and dye: the fabrics were formed by the weaving process using raffia, silk, and cotton and then dyed in blue indigo. Dyeing was carried out in Zaria as well as in Kano. Today, only the famous Kofar Mata dyeing pits of Kano has survived and has now become a tourist site. the site continues to be a tourist center as many are fascinated with the authenticity of the process and the maintenance of a long-lasting traditional method of dyeing fabrics. Although Heidi Nast claims the Royal Kano Court women had exclusive rights to indigo textile dyeing, the Kano dye pits in Kofar Mata were established in 1498 close to the City?s central mosque and Ganuwa (historical Kofar Mata gates). These dye pits became a tourist center as many were fascinated with the authenticity of the process and the maintenance of a long-lasting traditional method of dyeing fabrics. Dyeing in Kofar Mata involves dipping woven fabrics or yarns into fermented dye solutions made from indigenous dyes obtained in the region. Most common visitors are Traders and Tourists Visiting time; you can visit the dyeing pits at any time and season. It is important to note that if you go during a festive season like Sallah then you might meet lesser men at work. Here are 10 fun and exciting things that you would not hear about Kano often. When next you visit Kano, ensure you use this; https://hotels.ng/guides/kano/ Top 10 things that are very important and you would not want to miss out on your next visit to Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/top-10-things-to-do-in-kano/ You should also check out this detailed travel guide to Kano. It contains everything you need to know to ensure you have an amazing stay in the city. https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/
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Horse riding made exciting at Kano Durbar

by Rebecca/December 10 12:42 PM Last updated on Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several cities in Nigeria. It is celebrated at the culmination of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his entourage on horses, accompanied by music players, and ending at the Emir?s palace. Durbar festivals are organized in cities such as Kano, Katsina, and Bida, and are considered tourist attractions. Twice every year, (July/August ending and Mid December every year) during the Muslim Eid al-Mubarak and Eid-El-Fitr Sallah Celebrations. The Emir of Kano hosts these very colorful events. Beautiful costumes, decorated horses, horse racing, gunshots and arrays of cultural dancers and are all part of these celebrations. Everybody, especially young boys and girls, dressed up in their best attires line up major streets of the city to hail the Emir as he passes in an elaborate procession through the major streets. Kasur Kurmi products are entirely hand-made with traditional and historical attachments.? The Durbar festival had been in Hausa land for more than 500 years. It was introduced by Sarki Muhammadu Rumfa of Kano in the late 14th century, as a way of demonstrating military power and skills before going to war. The festival is also an opportunity for local leaders to pay homage to emir throughout the Jahi cheering. The Durbar festival featured prominently in the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture sometimes known as Festac 77. Since Festac, the colonial origins were gradually phased out and the events were linked with pre-colonial traditions such as the importance of horses for military purposes and ceremonies in the Bornu Empire and the ceremonies of ?Hawan Sallah? and ?Hawan Idi?. In the northern reaches of Nigeria lies two cities, Kano and Katsina, both famous for Durbar festivals. Kano is the oldest city in West Africa settled over 1000 years ago by the Hausa people. Today, it is the second-largest city in Nigeria. The old city of Kano is surrounded by a massive 11th-century mud-brick wall that extends 17.7 kilometers. The wall still stands and must be navigated by a series of sixteen gates.? Not to be outdone, Katsina is surrounded by 21 kilometers of a mud-brick wall and is Nigeria?s northernmost city. Both cities are predominantly Muslim, comprised mainly of Fulani and Hausa ethnic groups. In the long history of a military parade, the origin of the word, durbar, comes from Urdu, darb?r, (dar meaning door and b?r meaning entry or audience.) In Nigeria, the Durbar dates back 200 years when horses were used in warfare to protect the Emirate. Each noble household was expected to defend the Emirate by forming a regiment. Once a year, the regiments would gather for a military parade to demonstrate allegiance to the Fulani ruler, by showcasing their horsemanship, readiness for war, and loyalty. The procession starts with groups of horses lead by noble households and district heads. Horse and riders circle the grounds counter-clockwise, pausing to pay respect to the dignitaries. The procession is strictly men only dressed in magnificent turbans many with one ?ear? or two stickings out denoting their royal lineage. Young and old participate to ensure that tradition is observed through generations.?? Rhythms of the talking and traditional drums fill the air with the shrill of trumpeters and fluters. Acrobats flip and catch one another, musicians, warriors riding brightly armored horses make their way to assemble along the parade grounds. When hundreds of horsemen are on the parade grounds, the Emir?s procession begins down the center, including his guards, his sons, riderless horses for his wives, and camels.? Finally, the Emir himself rides among his guards and servants amidst the shooting of flintlock muskets. The Emir is immediately recognized, veiled and clad in white with a huge fanning parasol lifts up and down over him. After he pays respect to the governor, the horse regiments race up to the Emir at a gallop to demonstrate their courage, agility, and respect. This is a very interesting and entertaining festival that holds lots of tradition typical to the African setting to it, as such ensure that you time your next visit to Kano to just the moment of the festival so you don't miss out on all the fun. Check this out for your detailed travel guide to Kano https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-to-kano-all-you-should-know-about-the-center-of-commerce/ Here is a list of the top 10 things you should do if you are in Kano. They are very exciting things that would cost little or no money at all. https://hotels.ng/guides/top-10-things-to-do-in-kano/ Here are 10 various and exciting things the media will leave out when they talk about Kano. Check it out to know better. https://hotels.ng/guides/kano/
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Enjoy the rarest of nature at Kamuku national park

by Rebecca/December 05 12:55 PM Last updated on Kamuku National Park is located in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State of Nigeria. It is situated in the north-central part of Nigeria and it is the closest unit Park Headquarters, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Kamuku shares the same ecosystem and boundary with the luxuriant Kwiambana Game Reserve in Zamfara State, separated only by a natural boundary, the River Mariga. Thus, the Park distinctly represents one of the best, remaining blocks of the Sudan-Guinea Savannah vegetation in the country?s protected area system. The Park has rich, close canopy vegetation of Savannah woodland type with dominant species of Isoberlina, Afzelia, Daniellia, Detarium, Raphia, etc and a few lily plant species. Tall, tough grass cover populates the marshy areas of the Park, especially during the rainy season. For example, Andropogon gayanus, Pennisetum purpureum, etc are the most common grasses found here. Kamuku National Park has an enviable biodiversity profile. It supports about 19 species of mammals including elephants (a major ecotourism attraction for visitors to the Park). However, Western hartebeest seems to be the most ubiquitous animal species that can easily be sighted with a little patience. List of Animals in the Park Animals found in the Park are: Elephant, Roan antelope, Western Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Grimm?s Duicker, Red-flanked Duiker, Oribi Patas Monkey, Green Monkey (tantalus), Baboon, Warthog, a variety of birds, insects, reptiles, rodents, etc. bird watchers would easily observe rich offering of various birds at any given time. Interestingly, about 177 species of birds (both resident and African migrant) as well as several reptiles, fishes and insects have been sighted and documented in the Park. Important species of birds like Sagittarius serpentarius (Secretary bird) Ground hornbill, Neotics dertham and Bucarus Abyssinica (Ground hornbills), which are not commonly found elsewhere in Nigeria, exist here. Natural attractions in the park include the Dogon Ruwa Waterfalls, the Goron Dutse, and the Tsuanin Rema. You should check out this detailed travel guide to Kaduna for all the things you should know to aid your trip; https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-kaduna/ Check this out for exciting places you should do well to visit while you are at Kaduna; https://hotels.ng/guides/exciting-places-to-visit-in-kaduna/
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Mountain climbing is the most desirable at Kangoro hill

by Rebecca/December 05 11:08 AM Last updated on The Kagoro Hills, known as Afan Ae?gworok among the natives, is the towering elevation above the Kagoro town near Kafanchan in the Southern Kaduna sub-region of Northern Nigeria. The Kagoro Afan National Festival derives its name from the hill (Afan). The Kagoro Hills is situated at an altitude of about 1,246 meters above sea level and its scene is one of the most picturesque natural attractions in Kaduna State. It forms a range with big trees and rocky places at the base. The hill has significantly influenced the weather of the area making the area to enjoy a nice clement climate similar to what is obtainable in the Jos and the Mambila Plateaus. There is also heavy rainfall with mild fresh humid wind during the rainy season. The Kagoro hills ranges cover an unbelievably large expanse of plains stretching as far as the eyes can see. Natives say that these plains stretch as far as Jos in neighboring Plateau State and parts of Bauchi State. As the climb commences, the guides lead the adventure from the foot of the hill, one notice forged covert pathways along and around cliffs and crevices, nooks and crannies, streams and brooks all the way to the summit. With the native guides, however, a tourist is delighted on every turn as the wonders of the hill are unveiled. Besides the curves intersected by amazing rock formations, there are numerous freshwater springs running the length and breathe of the hill. At 1,246 meters above sea level, you?ll have to hike for a few hours to get to the top. But, the climb and the view once you get there are worth it. You must bring?binoculars?with you. One of the things that make these hills such a fascinating destination is the stories about heroes and supernatural beings that surround them. Because it is a place of legend, it?s customary for tourists to ask for the consent of the Kagoro Chief before ascending the hill. Not only that he will offer prayers for safe passage, but he can also give you valuable advice about how to protect yourself from harmful animals and insects. For example, according to legend, the hills are the home of a sacred bee colony, so tourists are advised not to wear perfume since the smell could attract the bees. You will also encounter a ?palm wine bar? where you can stop for a few minutes and refresh yourself before continuing the climb. Make sure to hire a guide so that he can show you all the ?secrets? the hills have to offer. Although most of them speak English, you could?work with a tutor before your departure and learn the basics of their native tongue. That way, it will be easier to understand the magnificent stories that surround these sacred hills. The hills are also excellent for rock climbing, mountaineering, safari exploration, and quiet picnics. You should check this out for more exciting places to visit in Kaduna, remember to leave a comment; https://hotels.ng/guides/exciting-places-to-visit-in-kaduna/ You should check this out for a detailed travel guide to Kaduna for things you should know; https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-kaduna/
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Enjoy the exotic sport of Polo at Fifth Chukker Polo resort

by Rebecca/December 05 10:03 AM Last updated on Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club represents the best West Africa and, indeed, all of Africa, has to offer for both the polo sports enthusiast and the well-traveled international citizen.? Set within Kangimi Resorts? three thousand picturesque hectares, the club offers a range of lodging, dining, equestrian and outdoor leisure activities. This lifestyle resort is the best of all possible worlds, an oasis for the cosmopolitan traveler, a relaxed family environment and a haven for those desiring the exceptional equestrian experience. The club is part of Kangimi Resorts, a lifestyle development project boasting a signature golf course, horse racing track, hotels, and spa, as well as business plazas and entertainment parks when completed Email: [email protected] Reception: +234 (0) 9062082728 BDM Office: +234 (0) 8144166665 Admin Office: +234 (0) 8084762172 Address: KM2, Kaduna to Jos Road, Kaduna State The magic of Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club begins the moment you pass through the gates of Kangimi Resorts.? With the many different choices of sporting and leisure activities on offer, there is something for everyone, from a stroll around the polo fields to a mountain bike ride through the surrounding bush or quick game of table tennis before heading to the stables for a ride.? POLO CLUB They have a modern and fully equipped equestrian facilities that offer everything from polo to horse riding trips across the Kangimi. Best place to energize the mind, body, and soul with a visit to the spacious and accommodating club, which has fast become the hub of Nigeria for equestrian pursuits and leisure activities.? TOURNAMENTS & SPONSORS  The fifth Chukker hosts two major tournaments annually; THE ACCESS BANK CHARITY SHIELD TOURNAMENT AND THE AFRICAN PATRONS CUP. It as well offers facilities for private polo tournaments and sponsored events. The Access bank UNICEF Charity Shield is one of the most important events in the African Polo calendar and has been played between the handicap brackets of 12 to 21 goals. Held every May/June, the Charity Shield tournament is solely sponsored by Access Bank and supports intervention activities of UNICEF in Northern Nigeria. The African patron?s cup focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness. With the Niger state First lady as the club?s ambassador, Fifth Chukker has been able to reach over 500 women in the last year,? educating, supporting and providing access to medical facilities.? Fifth Chukker Polo & Country Club offers the finest Equestrian experience in West Africa. Set within 3000 hectares of the luscious Kangimi resorts, the club has; 3 professional polo fields, 400 stables, an exercise track, an arena sand school, tack & storage rooms, and various hiking and horse trekking trails to be enjoyed. The African Patron?s cup is a 12-goal tournament played in October and November. It is organized in partnership with MTN and focuses on Breast Cancer Awareness, a cause Fifth Chukker has supported since 2011. You can as well check this out for a list of exciting places to visit in Kaduna; https://hotels.ng/guides/exciting-places-to-visit-in-kaduna/ You can as well check out this detailed travel guide to Kaduna for all the things you should know ahead of your next travel; https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-kaduna/
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Get the best of history at the ancient Nok settlement.

by Rebecca/December 05 09:09 AM Last updated on Nok village is located in Kaduna State of central Nigeria, 160 kilometers northeast of Baro. NOK is the name of a town in Jabba Local Government Area, Kaduna State. Nok became famous because of the discovery of the terracotta head.  The Nok civilization was discovered in 1928 due to tin mining that was happening in the area and earned its name due to the Nok civilization that used to inhabit the area from around 500 BC. Mysteriously the people of the village vanished in about 200 AD. These people were known for their extremely advanced social system and were the earliest producers of life-sized Terracotta in the Sub-Sahara. Hugely historical, archeologists have found human skeletons, stone tools and rock paintings around this area, not to mention the main act. The inhabitants of what is now called Nok Village were known to make some of the oldest and culturally intriguing sculptures found in Africa. This led to discoveries that the ancient culture of Nok has been around for some 2500 years. When strolling through the village your senses will be delighted to rediscover an amazing group of people culturally and socially. Not much is known about the purposes of these popular sculptures but some theories have suggested they were used as charms to prevent crop failure, illness, and infertility. You?ll really feel as if you?ve had the best history lesson of your life. Weapons of war, terra cotta heads of man and animals are abundant as you realize your dream is actually a reality. Nok village is a great place to take your family and be able to learn together about our world?s amazing past. You should check out this detailed travel guide to Kaduna as well; https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-kaduna/ While you are at Kaduna, remember to leave your comments about the Matsiria waterfalls here; https://hotels.ng/guides/enjoy-the-breathtaking-view-from-matsiriga-waterfalls/ Barcode lounge has got the best blend of club and lounge just to suit you. Check this out to know what to expect; https://hotels.ng/guides/get-the-best-club-and-lounge-experience-when-you-visit-the-barcode-lounge/ You should not have to go through lots of stress to get a meal, check out Little Italy and remember to leave a review here for us afterward. https://hotels.ng/guides/enjoy-the-best-of-nigerian-meals-at-little-italy/
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Enjoy the breathtaking view from Matsirga waterfalls

by Rebecca/December 04 03:19 PM Last updated on Matsirga waterfalls are situated in Madakiya, close to Kafanchan, about 227 kilometers south of Kaduna, the water at Matsiriga waterfalls drops 30 meters into a gorge that has been supported by beautiful rocks. The fresh cool breeze around the area has something to offer to tourists. At the point of impact with the river, the cascading showers of the fall create a rainbow-like mist that appears and disappears mysteriously. The river formed by Matsirga Waterfalls increases with the rainy season, overflowing its banks. A natural rock shelter at the river bank forms a cover and relaxing place for picnicking. Like a half umbrella, it provides shade for tourists amidst the amazing continuous waterfall. How to Get to Matsirga Waterfalls Matsirga Waterfalls is located in Madakiya, near Kafanchan, about 227km south of Kaduna. Best Time to Visit Matsirga Waterfalls Matsirga Waterfalls is open to tourists at every time of the day. Things to do at Matsirga waterfalls Every tourist will be awed by nature at Matsirga Waterfalls. Some of the fun things to do at Matsirga Waterfalls include; appreciate the beauty of naturehave a picnic at the naturally formed shedswim at the large pool of water formed at the bottom of the hillcatch a glimpse of the vanishing rainbow at the point where the fall meets the river.sit at the riverbank and enjoy the viewmake a video of the water gushing and tumbling from its source in Kagoro Hillvisit the nearby Kagoro HillsTake a trip to Nok Museum which is located not too far from the waterfall. It is notable as a prime tourist destination. What To Bring Before heading to Matsirga Waterfalls, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Hiking gear.Swimming gear.A bottle of water in your backpack will go a long way. Things to do while at Matsirga Waterfalls These are the following things you can do while you're here: Take a landscape picture.Enjoy the view. Best Features It is a good place to get in touch with nature. Most common visitors Photographers, Tourists, Locals are the common visitors here. Writers review; https://hotels.ng/guides/free-things-kaduna-city/ Readers should also check out a detailed guide to traveling to Kaduna https://hotels.ng/guides/travel-guide-kaduna/ You can as well take a drive down to Little Italy to enjoy the best of Nigerian meals and all other varieties; https://hotels.ng/guides/enjoy-the-best-of-nigerian-meals-at-little-italy/
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A Golfer's Guide To Exploring Parkland Golf Resort, Abuja.

by Adebanke Bakare/November 28 03:03 PM Last updated on Parkland Golf Resort Club is a unique 18-hole mini-golf course set within the reclaimed grounds of a biophilic neighborhood in Garki, Abuja. Parkland Golf course is of a high precision standard and overwhelmingly a delight of every golfer. Contact Address: Plot 1024, Arochukwu Street, Area 11 Garki 2, Abuja FCT Nigeria. Phone Number: 0806 946 3925. Email: [email protected] Best Features Fantastic courseHorse Riding RangeClub HouseRecreation CenterRestaurantLoungeGymMeeting rooms and Administrative offices The 18-hole mini-golf course and the driving range are set within an idyllic golfscape of undulating parkland, fish ponds and streams providing panoramic views of its environs. Parkland Golf Resort Club caters for golfers of all ages and abilities. Safety/Security It is a very safe location for golfers and anyone who intends to have fun within its serene environment. What To Take Along To Parkland Golf Resort Golf SetsHat or cap to shield from the sun during a game People Who Visit Parkland StudentsFamilyLoversFun LoversFriends Parkland's Lounge. Writer's Review Parkland Golf Resort caters for golfers who have the desire of improving or becoming a professional in the game through the help of their instructors. People Also Enjoy Reading... https://hotels.ng/guides/poi/meraki-restaurant-and-lounge-abuja-menu-price-list-and-address/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/10-fun-things-to-do-on-your-next-visit-to-abuja/
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A Trip To Chad Basin National Park, Abuja.

by Adebanke Bakare/November 28 09:43 AM Last updated on The Chad Basin National Park in Abuja is a combination of the former Chingurmi-Dugoma Game Reserve, Gorgoram and Zurgun Baneri Forest Reserves, and Bulature Oasis. The total land area is about 2,258 km2. The park serves an important purpose for fishermen, farmers, and grazers. The Chingurmi-Dugoma sector has flood-plain wetlands that attract waterbirds such as; Guinea Fowl, Black-crowned Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Arabian Bustard, Aviles bustard, African-collared Dove, Yellow-breasted Barbet, Black-scrub Robin, Chestnut-bellied Starling, Sudan-Golden Sparrow, White Stork, and other wildlife. Entrance Fee: Free Address: P.M.B 1026, Maiduguri, Borno State, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria. Contact Number: +234 (0)76 234120 Gorgoram and Zurgun Baneri sector is the Dagona Waterfowl Sanctuary. It serves as a significant home to migratory birds that escape the harsh European winter. Things To Take Along To Chad Basin National Park. CameraCashSunglassesComfortable hiking shoes. The Balatura Oasis has a series of swampy valleys separated by scenic sand dunes. The valleys contain rich deposits of potash. It serves as home to rare desert wildlife like Giraffe, Ostrich, Red-fronted Gazelle, Jackals, Mongoose, Giant Tortoise, Porcupines, etc. Things To Do At The Park If you are a lover of animals or an adventurer, Chad Basin National Park is a place to be. Here are the following things to do at the park: See animals such as Giraffes, Ostriches, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, clawless Otter, and more.Visit the several fishing villages around the area.Take pictures.Enjoy the sights of sand dunes at Bula Tura.Go boatingGo birdwatching. People Also Read About... https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/10-fun-things-to-do-on-your-next-visit-to-abuja/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/a-golfers-guide-to-exploring-parkland-golf-resort-abuja/
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Explore And Climb The Majestic Zuma Rock.

by Victor Okafor/November 27 11:30 AM Last updated on There are so many myths and legends about the majestic Zuma Rock that leaves the average Abuja visitor curious enough to make it a must-visit landmark. It is sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to Abuja from Suleja". The Zuma Rock is about 3.1 kilometers in circumference and 725 meters (2,379 ft). The rock is a large monolith, an igneous intrusion composed of gabbro and granodiorite. Geographically, it lies in-between the boarders of Abuja 107 kilometers from Minna along Abuja-Kaduna highway. Getting to Zuma Rock The perfect way to get to Zuma Rock upon arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport is by using a taxi or Uber ride. The rock is just about 45 minutes from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport. Access Into The Rock. Zuma Rock is accessible to the public for free but if you are interested in rock climbing or exploring the magnificent mass of rock, you will be required to pay a token in order to begin your climbing adventure to the top of the rock. Rock Climbing. Join a group of climbers, family/friends on a challenging climb to the summit of the rock. Ensure you wait till sunset to experience the sight of the human-faced rock silhouetted by alluring beams of the sunset. If you have intentions to hang around and experience the lovely site, you should book a hotel close to Zuma rock or?visit the Zuma rock village constructed just behind the rock. Rock Climbing The challenging climb to the peak of Zuma Rock takes about 5 hours and it is worth every minute of it. On getting to the top, the Zuma rock offers an amazing all-round view of Abuja and its environment. The climb is a steep one and can be dangerous for those who are not prepared. Climbers are advised to come along with travel kits; Climbing rope, helmet, hiking shoes. Beginners will be provided the company of an experienced climber and are advised to climb on the east side of the rock as it makes for great beginner routes. Best Time To Visit Zuma Rock. Although visitors can visit Zuma Rock all year round, the perfect time to visit the rock is during the rainy season ( (April through October) especially if you are looking to experience the amazing fire at the rock?s apex. Natives affirm the phenomenon to the wonders of the deities and voodoo spells. However, scientists object to their belief. History Of Zuma Rock. There is no accurate account concerning the origin of the Zuma Rock. However, the first settlers around the rock as far back as the 15th century where the Zuba and Koro people, and then the rock was first called ?Zumwa? meaning ?the place where Guinea Fowls are caught?. At their arrival in the forest, they settled around it and constructed settlements, and later discovered the spiritual representation of the rock as a powerful deity. They turned to worship and offer sacrifices to the rock to protect them and keep them safe from evil. The Gwari people used the rock as a defense and hideout against invading neighboring tribes and external forces. Settlements At Zuma Rock Zuma Rock has natural contours on its surface which depict the image of a human face with features seeming like a mouth, eyes, and nose. The natives believe the face represents the deity and ancestral powers protecting and governing their affairs. The Rock's Features Other myths suggest that the Zuma Rock sits on a very large expanse of underground water. It is also believed that if the rock is brought down, there will be an outburst of water that will submerge a mindboggling amount of land area. Traditionally, it is believed that when people die, their spirits go to the rock, and since masquerades are believed to be the spirit of the dead, it is believed that all masquerades originated from Zuma Rock. See other rock climbing experiences in Nigeria Other readers also enjoyed reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/my-first-visit-to-the-la-campagne-tropicana-beach-resort-in-ibeju-lekki/ https://hotels.ng/guides/carnivals/why-not-miss-the-calabar-carnival-this-december/
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Go On A Horse Riding Adventure Around Jabi Lake Park In Abuja

by Victor Okafor/November 27 11:29 AM Last updated on A Horse riding adventure is a sure way to not only have fun but also improve one's state of health. There is so much pleasure and excitement that comes with going horseriding and Jabi Lake Park is just the perfect environment for that in Abuja. It is located between Jabi and Kado Districts, along Alex Ekwueme Way, Jabi, Asokoro, Abuja. The Jabi Lake Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities that attract local and foreign fun-seekers interested in activities like water sports, beach volleyball, five-a-side football, and table tennis. Early in the mornings, the Jabi lake park is home to joggers, runners and a number of fitness enthusiasts who are residents or tourists staying at a hotel close to the Jabi Lake Park, promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is a lovely place for a family or group picnic with a beautiful view of the lake in sight. Situated in a city where aquatic life and beach experience are rare, the Jabi Lake Park fuses two elements of earth and water to provide a beach like scenery that portray the closest exquisite beach experience to fun-seekers within and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Horse Riding Adventure in Jabi Lake Park For many fun-seekers and families alike, horseriding is always an exciting and worthwhile experience at Jabi Lake Park. The horses at Jabi Lake park are well taken care of and healthy causing visiting riders to form bonds with the animals. Go on a horse ride as low as ?300 per ride (2 children / 1 adult) and don?t forget to have a picture-perfect experience with the well-groomed horses at the Jabi Lake Park. Horse Riding Other Activities At The Park Visitors at the Jabi Lake Park who are not horse lovers or who just need to explore more of the park are provided with a ton of other activities to choose from like speedboat cruise, skiing, game shows, dancing competitions, and many others at very considerate prices. Dancing CompetitionDancing competitions are common at the Jabi Lake, especially during the festive periods. If you are not able to register and secure a chance at any of the dance competitions, kick up your adventure spirit, crash one of the competitions and give yourself a chance to compete with skilled dancers and possibly for the available prize. Take A Boat RideExperience the waterways at Jabi Lake Park with a variety of options like speedboats, canoes, etc. You can go on a ride with an expert at the park who will charge a token or you can cruise the boat on your own. The canoe rides are slower but as much fun as well. In a city where there is a dearth of seas side, an opportunity that offers sea breeze and adrenalin pumping speed on water can be quite exhilarating at N1500 per family. Boat Ride At Jabi Lake Window Shop At Jabi Lake MallThe Jabi Lake mall is the most recent addition to the Jabi Lake environs. The mall is situated on 5 hectares of land on the eastern shore of the Jabi Lake, ten minutes away from the Abuja? Central Business District. The spot attracts a large number of visitors per day. While visiting Jabi lake, you could stroll into the splendid mall and feed your eyes or probably shop for items. Jabi Lake Mall Other readers enjoyed reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/nothing-better-than-horseback-riding-at-the-ikeja-saddle-club/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/go-paintballing-in-groups-at-bushfighters-paintball-arena/
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Go Paintballing In Groups At Bushfighters Paintball Arena

by Victor Okafor/November 27 11:27 AM Last updated on When visiting a new city with friends, the quest for finding activities that are suitable for everyone in the group could sometimes be a herculean task. You could hardly go wrong with the choice of going paintballing. When in Abuja, it is highly recommended to go paintballing at Bushfighters Paintball Arena as it offers visitors the opportunity to experience an adrenaline-packed adventure and create long-lasting memory with family and friends. It is located at central park Abuja, Plot 174, Kur Mohammed Avenue Central Business District, adjacent to Kebbi hotel (former GSM Village). The Bushfighter arena is the most authentic in design and the best battleground in Nigeria. It is positioned by nature and is blessed with a beautiful and elevated landscape that presents a perfect view from all angles. The Best Hotels in Abuja Paintballing at Bushfighters Paintball Arena Paintballing is a sport that is played by people of all ages. It serves as a form of exercise that is great for staying fit and burning a tremendous amount of calories while having fun altogether. Paintball is played with the user of a Paintball gun (Paintball Marker) and Paintball bullets (Paintball pellets). Paintball pellets come in a rainbow of bright colors (green, blue, yellow, orange and more). When a paintball pellet tags a player, the thin gelatin skin splits open, and the liquid inside leaves a bright ??paint?? splash on the player. A player who has been tagged is eliminated from the game. Considering safety, the arena is equipped with highly experienced instructors who will indulge everyone with safety precautions in order to ensure that your paintball experience is both thrilling and safe. Paintballing at Bushfighters Arena At the Bushfighters paintball club, there is a customized tally board system created to recognize outstanding performances during competitions and tournaments. Points are usually awarded for ?head-shots? and ?body-shots? as well as a combination of both amounts to what is termed ?total kills?. All participants have an equal opportunity to have their name recorded on the tally board by having at least one clean shot on an opponent?s kill spot (head and body) during the game. So visitors are encouraged to come with their A-game and killer instinct. Admission Into The Bushfighters Paintball Arena The Bush Fighters Paintball Club is opened every day of the week including holidays from the hours of 12noon to 9 PM. The Paintball Club has two entry fees based on the kits; Basic Kit & Complete Kit. The Basic Kit goes for ?4,000 and comes with a Tippmann 98 custom platinum series semi-automatic marker, 200 Round Hopper, 3000 PSI Air Tank, Face Mask, Access to field, Air refills and most importantly 100 paintball pellets. The Complete Kit costs ?5,000.00 and equips you with a Tippmann 98 custom platinum series semi-automatic marker, 200 Round Hopper, 300 PSI Air Tank, a face mask, a chest protector and overall, neck guards, gloves, air refills, and 100 paintball pellets. Paintball Guns In a situation where you are out of pellets in action (bullets), and you need extra, the club offers them at these rates; 100 Paintball pellets for ?1,500, 500 paintballs pellets at ?7,000 and a whopping 1,000 paintballs pellets at ?13,500. Other readers enjoyed reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/destinations/a-comprehensive-guide-to-exploring-abuja/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/10-fun-things-to-do-on-your-next-visit-to-abuja/
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10 Fun Things To Do On Your Next Visit To Abuja.

by Adebanke Bakare/November 27 11:12 AM Last updated on Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, is sited in the middle of the country. The city was declared capital of Nigeria on the 12th of December, 1991. Abuja is the 8th largest city in Nigeria by population. If you are planning on visiting Abuja soon or you are already in Abuja, Here are the fun things you can do to make your stay worthwhile. 1. Go For Sight Seeing Abuja National Mosque The National Mosque is located at 1012 Sani Abacha Way, Central Business District, across the National Christian Center, Abuja. The beautiful structure of the mosque makes it suitable for sightseeing. The National Mosque is a perfect resort for worshippers. It is well-equipped with facilities that make prayers, conferences, meetings, lectures, and accommodation ideally convenient. The Mosque has a library in it. It is also open to non-Muslims and tourists except during prayers. You can ask permission to take pictures from any available security staff. 2. Shopping Novare Gateway Mall Abuja. The joy that comes with having enough cash to get what you want is regarded as having fun. Abuja is a city endowed with various luxurious shopping malls. Novare Gateway Mall Abuja offers a vast variety of shops with modern infrastructure and facilities. Shops/Stores at Novare Mall include Beauty and Grooming, Office Equipment, House & Homeware, Kids Corner, Groceries, Fashion & Accessories, Restaurants & Eateries, Speciality, Pharmacy & Cosmetics, Sports & Fitness, Technology & Electronics, and Bank. Novare Gateway Mall is located at Musa Yar?Adua expressway (Airport road) Lugbe District, Abuja. 3. Spa & Wellness Center BeautyAddict Spa Abuja. Experience the soothing touch of BeautyAddict Spa and massage. Each exquisitely designed to calm your mind, refresh your body and stimulate the senses. BeautyAddict does not only specialize in spa treatments but also in all aspect of beauty such as unisex salon, makeup, nail care, waxing, facial treatments, and body scrub. BeautyAddict spa is located at plot 707, Cassava Street Wuyi District, Abuja, Nigeria. 4. Games Games playing is also another way of having fun. Games such as board games have proven to be useful to help pass information, knowledge and even learn life skills like negotiating, patience, planning strategically, and even how to manage finance. One of the prominent board game centres in Abuja is KayCee games located at Zero Garden, Behind GSM Village, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja. 5. Enjoy Nightlife Aqua Nightclub, Abuja It is situated at 1, Ladi Kwali Way, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Wuse 4, Abuja. Whether you are a quiet, discreet clubber who likes to sit in a corner and observe or a sociable party person who loves mixing with people, Aqua caters to your tastes. With distinct areas, finding your niche should not be difficult. You can learn about other places to enjoy nightlife here. 6. Food & Drink Of course, food and drinks shouldn't be left out while having fun. Having a taste of different cuisines can be very fun you know? Abuja city has a lot of modern restaurants in a serene and beautiful environment such as: Meraki Restaurant Cilantro Restaurant Cantina Restaurant Duo Restaurant These restaurants offer varieties of cuisines and continental dishes with different kinds of drinks. 7. Outdoor Activities The magnificent Zuma Rock is one of the major attractions that stands out in Abuja. It takes about 5 hours to climb the rock in order to get an aerial view of Abuja with its environs. If you are a first-time climber, it is advisable you have your complete kits and an expert climber beside you. You can read more about rock climbing at Zuma Rock Abuja here. 8. Visit A Museum Nike Art Gallery, Abuja. A museum is known to be an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical or scientific importance. They are often of varying types such as Art Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, etc. If you are a lover of Arts, both traditional and contemporary, then Nike Art Gallery Abuja is a place you should visit. They are involved in various kinds of arts. Click here to read more about Nike Art Gallery 9. Nature and Parks Usuma Dam. Usuma Dam is one of the places one can go so as to appreciate nature. It is a man-made dam surrounded by tall mountains and an outstretched lake. It is one of the dams created to solve the problem of "no natural source of water" in Abuja. It is suitable for picnics, camping, swimming, and boat riding. 10. Amusement Parks An amusement park is a well-known place to have great fun, especially when visiting in groups or with the family. Children so love to have fun as well as Adults. Below are few of the amusement parks in the city of Abuja Central Park Circle Garden Adigbas General Garden Almond Parks and Gardens. People who read this article also read... https://hotels.ng/guides/destinations/interesting-places-in-abuja-for-family-outings/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/25-interesting-things-abuja/
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Travel to Port Harcourt: A Guide for foreigners visiting Port Harcourt for fun

by Esther Omuzor/November 27 11:10 AM Last updated on Port Harcourt which is sometimes referred to as Pitakwa is the capital and largest city of Rivers State, Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta region. It was established as a port city by the colonial government to export coal from the town of Enugu. Port Harcourt has since grown to become one of the most important metropolises in the country.  Affectionately known as the Garden City, Port Harcourt is so known because of its array of trees and flowers that are beautifully planted on street corners and sidewalks around the city. As a result of the concentration of oil and gas companies in Port Harcourt, the city constantly has a lot of expatriates from all over the world visiting and living in it.  How to get to Port Harcourt Port Harcourt can be reached by air via the Port Harcourt International Airport. It connects to several African cities and cities all over the world such as Paris and Frankfurt among others. Port Harcourt can be reached by road through any of the nearby cities of Owerri, Yenagoa, Aba, Warri, and Uyo. Best road transportation companies in Nigeria How to move around Port Harcourt Buses, bikes, tricycles, taxis, and cabs are the most common means of transportation in Port Harcourt. Bikes are commonly referred to as Okada while tricycles are called Keke. The choice of commuting is usually dependent on the distance and area you find yourself in. Some highbrow areas and estates have placed a ban on Kekes and Okadas. Things to do in Port Harcourt Port Harcourt city has some of the best places to visit in Nigeria. The Garden city has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to visit if you have a taste for the good things of life as there are a myriad of recreational and fun spots that will give you a fun-filled experience.  Here are some of the top places you should visit while in Port Harcourt. Enjoy Tasty Delicacies At Kilimanjaro Restaurant, Port Harcourt Rivers Cultural Centre Port Harcourt The Garden city mall The Cultural Center plays host to a variety of literary and cultural events that are suitable for art lovers. The center exhibits artifacts that tell the history of the city and also houses shops that sell copies of these local artifacts as well as African jewelry, homewares, pottery, ceramics and souvenirs within the center. It has a theater, a stage, and an auditorium for live performances of cultural dance and plays. Read more Port Harcourt Golf Club The Port Harcourt Gold Club is a great place to visit all year round. There is always a tournament to thrill the lover of Golf, plus it makes for a great relaxation spot. Read more The Rivers State Museum The Museum The Rivers state museum contains artifacts related to various ethnic groups indigenous to the state including bronze, pottery, masks and masquerades, household utensils, fishing gears, and currencies. It is one of the best historical place in Port Harcourt. Read more Garden City Amusement Park Garden City Amusement Park is a safe place that offers lots of excitement and spots tons of fun facilities. For parents bringing their children, you need not worry about finding interesting and engaging activities for your kids because the Garden City Amusement Park is a great destination to have fun. Read more Port Harcourt Polo Club Port Harcourt Polo Club is a great location for visitors looking for relaxation and amazing entertainment. The Club has one of the best polo playing fields in Nigeria. Read more Port Harcourt City Mall The Port Harcourt City Mall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Port Harcourt. It is simply called Port Harcourt Mall by the locals. The mall serves as a landmark in the city for people looking to have quality items and fun. If you are in Port Harcourt and you seek fun away from the beaches and island, the Port Harcourt City Mall is your best bet. Get all that you need from this city mall, ranging from groceries, cosmetics, perfumes, clothing items etc. Read more Port Harcourt Tourist Beach One place you definitely have to visit when in Port Harcourt is the amazing man-made tourist beach created along the Kolabi Creek line, old Port Harcourt. Its location has an advantage over others as it is on the edge of the city, such that visitors can take a walk through the hiking trails. The designers of the beach created a serene environment for visitors to have a good time. Read more Isaac Boro Garden Park Isaac Boro Park is an outdoor recreation facility, named after one of the minorities rights activists of the South-South region. The park aside being open to the public is also used for government functions such as the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Workers Day events and National Youth Service Corp send-off parade. Read more Ifoko Beach Ifoko beach?is a popular hangout spot in Port Harcourt. Unlike the Port Harcourt?Tourist beach, this is not man-made. Well maintained by the local residents, it is one of the best beaches Port Harcourt has to offer. This beach is the source of livelihood to local fishermen in the area. Visitors and tourists alike are treated to freshly caught seafood at local restaurants close to the beach. Read more The Best hotels in Port Harcourt: Golden Tulip Port Harcourt Hotel Best Western Hotel GRA Ogeyi Place Hotel Landmark Hotel Novotel Port Harcourt De Edge Hotel Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Danag Mina Hotels Polo Court Dmatel Hotel and Resort PH Other readers also enjoyed reading: https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/travel-to-lagos-a-guide-for-foreigners-visiting-lagos-city-for-fun/ https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/explore-and-climb-the-majestic-zuma-rock/
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Enjoy a boat ride at the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach

by Esther Omuzor/November 27 11:09 AM Last updated on One place you definitely have to visit when in Port Harcourt is the amazing man-made Port Harcourt Tourist Beach created along the Kolabi Creek line, old Port Harcourt. Commissioned in 1988, the man-made beach was created to serve as a major landmark for recreation, and relaxation. Its location has an advantage over others as it is on the edge of the city, such that visitors can take a walk through the hiking trails. The designers of the beach created a serene environment for visitors. The white sand and crystal clear seawater make the beach look more appealing. PHC tourist beach The Beach has several bars and restaurants where they serve various kinds of seafood. People can enjoy playing beach soccer and volleyball at the beach, which serves a great purpose for enjoyment. Visit the Rivers State Cultural Centre to learn about Port Harcourt people and their diverse culture The government plays a vital role in protecting and maintaining the beach so as to maintain the growing number of visitors. Both locals and foreigners visit the tourist beach to have a great time. The Port Harcourt Tourist beach The best time to visit the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is between November and February due to the fact that there is significantly less rainfall which makes a day out on the beach perfect. To fully enjoy a time out at the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, it is best to go with a group. Things to do at the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach Go Horse Back riding. For as little as N500, you can rent a horse and gallop the sandy beach.You can also partake in local delicacies of palm wine, assorted spicy meats and other local dishes.Enjoy the sweet feeling of watching the waves, the rising and falling of tides and the water that helps soothe the joints.You can play in the cool water of the beach, listen to the local sounds of highlife and modern music from any of the bush bars on the beach. Play volleyball or beach football, take boat rides or watch boat races. Have a picnic while enjoying the scenery of the beach as well as its cool free-blowing breeze. horse riding Admission into Port Harcourt Tourist Beach The beach is open every day of the week, and the fun activities usually pick up towards sunset and last late into the night. Hotels in Port Harcourt You would experience shopping on a different level at port Harcourt city mall. https://hotels.ng/guides/activities/have-fun-shopping-at-port-harcourt-city-mall/ You should also check out; https://hotels.ng/guides/city-guide/best-time-for-nigerians-to-visit-london/