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Are you looking for a great way to spend time with your friends? Are you thinking of getting your old squad together for a reunion? Do you need a great place to a group couple’s retreat or couple’s meet up? You may be thinking, Nigeria doesn’t have any fun destinations for such things. You would be surprised to know that you are wrong. There are so many destinations that would be great for a group getaway in Nigeria. So much so that we have decided to create a guide for the best of these destinations.
Here’s a quick guide to the 5 best destinations for a group trip.
1. Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort
Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti State
Entrance Fee: N500
The mystery of nature is something that sweeps us off our feet and leaves us in awe. Ikogosi Warm Spring is one of those gifts of nature that makes us feel this way. The warm springs, situated in the tranquillity of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Ekiti State, is known as the confluence of a warm spring and cold spring.
What is more amazing about the Ikogosi Springs is the fact that both springs never mix together. They only flow side by side and yet maintain their separate temperatures of about 70 degrees and 37 degrees Celsius. As a result, Ikogosi Warm Springs has become a major tourist attraction. After paying the entrance fee which is next to nothing, tour guides are available to take you and friends around while narrating the myths surrounding the spring.
The springs provide the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to relax and have fun. Come with your coolers of food and cool drinks, and music players. The warm spring resort has a swimming pool that has its source from the natural spring waters. It also contains a sports centre, and different accommodation options for a group of people, including chalets and lodges.
2. Olumo Rock
Abeokuta, Ogun State
Entrance Fee: N1000
Enter the ancient city of Abeokuta with your friends and visit the historical rock formation known as Olumo Rock. Abeokuta itself means “under the rock” and it is easy to notice why; it is a very rocky city.
Begin your tour of Olumo rock from the art gallery at the bottom and appreciate the craft of the Egba people. An elevator is also available to reach the top but I’d advise you skip that! Climbing the rock in groups is the fun and adventurous way to go. Guides are also at the site to take you around the formation and narrate the interesting stories behind the rock.
A breathtaking view of Abeokuta is what awaits you and your friends at the top of the rock. You know what to do here, right? Take group pictures and save the memories.
3. Yankari Game Reserve
Yankari, Bauchi State
Entrance fee: N1500
All roads lead to Yankari Game Reserve, in Bauchi State, North-Eastern Nigeria. Get ready to experience nature in the country’s biggest wildlife retreat. At the reserve, you will be captivated by the number of activities you can participate in. Marvel at the largest herd of elephants in the country, embark on a guided safari tour and explore the tropical forests. At the Reserve, you’ll find different varieties of animal species including the olive baboon, patas monkey, roan antelope, western hartebeest, living in their natural habitats.
After your day at the reserve, exploring the marvel of wildlife, head over to the Wikki Warm Spring. Your visit to the Yankari Game Reserve is incomplete if you don’t experience the warmth of this spring.
Take a warm bath with your pals and cool off while you tour the reserve. You can also go exploring the caves around. Alternatively, a camp out can be done by the cave where you and your friends can share memories amidst snacks and cold drinks.
Visit the museum for historical narrations of events at the game reserve over the years.Should you get hungry from all the fun, the Reserve’s restaurant serves local and western dishes to its visitors. There are also different accommodation options such as hotels and suites available.
What to Take on Your Trip to the Yankari Game Reserve
- N1500 for the gate fee
- N8000 to pay for your guided safari tour
- Extra cash as there are no ATMs at the Reserve
- Light clothes; the Reserve tends to be hot and humid
- Comfortable explorer shoes
- Swimsuits, towels and shower caps for your swim in the Wikki Warm Springs
4. Erin Ijesha Waterfalls
Erin Ijesha, Osun State
Entrance fee: N200
Erin Ijesha is a town situated in Osun State; the state which is also known as the State of the Living Spring. Also called the Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin Ijesha Waterfalls is a seven-step waterfall that offers its visitors an amazing experience in its flowing fountains. Over 60, 000 tourists visit the site every year and it has become the go-to spot fun trips for university students.
Make the trip more fun by organising a picnic at the site.
5. Idanre Hills
Idanre, Ondo State
Entrance fee: N1000
The Idanre Hills is tucked in the ancient town of Idanre, Ondo State, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2007.
Whether it is the lung-bursting efforts of climbing the over 660 steps that lead to the top of the hills, or the breathtaking view of the vast lands from the top, the tours of the old buildings and artefacts of the natives; a visit to Idanre Hills will leave you and your friends with unforgettable memories.
You can also pay a visit to other historic sites close to the hills such as the Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Omi Apaara, and the Old Court. The top of the hill features the historical Agboogun footprint which is believed to have the ability to mysteriously expand or contract to the foot size of whoever steps in them.
Accommodation options are also available and are as close as a 10-minute drive from Idanre Hills. Make plans to visit today.