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Okomu national park
Okomu national park

Okomu national park

Game reserve

Edo

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Sightseeing, See wildlife, Learn, Explore nature

ABOUT The Okomu National Park, formerly the Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary, is a forest block within the 1,082 km2 (418 sq mi) Okomu Forest Reserve in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State in Nigeria. The park is about 60 km (37 mi) northwest of Benin City. The park holds a small fragment of the rich forest that once covered the region, and is the last habitat for many endangered species. It continues to shrink as villages encroach on it, and is now less than one-third of its original size. Powerful corporations are involved in plantation development and logging concessions around the park, which also pose a threat. The park holds a remnant of the Nigerian lowland forests that once formed a continuous 50–100 km (31–62 mi) wide belt from the Niger River west to the Dahomey Gap in Benin. To the south and southeast, the forest was separated from the coast by mangrove and swamp forests, while to the north it merged into the Guinean Forest-Savanna Mosaic ecoregion. Human pressure is not new. In the Okomu park, there is an extensive layer of charcoal and pottery below the forest, indicating that it was cleared and then regenerated over the last 700 years. By the start of the 20th century, the forest survived only in disconnected blocks, which were under intense pressure from human activity. SERVICES There are no services rendered here as the national forest is not properly managed.   BEST FEATURES Okomu National park has a beautiful environment filled with all kinds of animals around the forest.   BEST TIME TO VISIT Okomu National park can be visited any time of the year.   WHO CAN VISIT Okomu National park can be visited by Tourist, Historian SAFETY Visitors must follow strict regulations to avoid degrading the environment. However, the park is threatened by large-scale illegal logging, the expansion of large rubber and oil-palm plantations nearby, and incursions by a growing human population involved in farming and hunting. Okomu National park is not safe at night as there are no security agents around the forest and one needs to be extremely careful.

Ososo Tourist center
Ososo Tourist center

Ososo Tourist center

Game reserve

Edo

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Sightseeing, See wildlife, Relaxation, Explore nature

ABOUT This centre is located atop the rocky area of Ososo in Akoko-Edo local government, north of Edo state. It presents beautiful scenery for nature lovers and rock climbers. The tourist centre is an offshoot of a colonial rest house built in the 1930s. The first phase of a massive renovation was commissioned in 1993 with a VIP lodge four chalets and the main lounge consisting of a kitchen, restaurant and bar. Ososo is a hilly and rocky town situated on the boundary between Edo and Kogi states. There is a non-catering rest house on top of a hill of Ososo which provides a wide and spectacular view of parts of Kogi state. Ososo town is of granitic nature, with some elevations of volcanic origin containing precious stones of varied descriptions. Located on a plateau of dispersed rocks and undulating hills, the town continues to be a haven for tourists. Because of its rocks and climate, some Europeans established a quarry company north of the town, known as BOK Quarry some years ago. The rocks and hills of varied sizes and shapes occupy the plateau with the natural magical posture of a thousand models posing to nature’s camera. The colonial administrations as early as the 19th century recognised the tourist potential of Ososo and built the then Rest House which was a sort -after holiday haven for most of the white people working in Nigeria at that time. SERVICES One of its important services is to help organize your visit and create a memorable stay, there is a gift shop where things are bought and also provides a relaxation center where you have fun.   BEST FEATURES Ososo tourist centre, with its rocky hills and lush greens, is a top choice destination for mountain climbers, picnic goers or nature enthusiasts. For people keen on seeing the River Niger, the Ososo tourist center also affords you that panoramic view from the top. BEST TIME TO VISIT It can be visited anytime of the year whenever there is tourist WHO CAN VISIT Historians, Photographers, couples, children (with proper supervision), tourists, and fun lovers SAFETY It is a safe location .

Okonni Wildlife Sanctuary
Okonni Wildlife Sanctuary

Okonni Wildlife Sanctuary

Game reserve

Edo

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Sightseeing, See wildlife, Learn, Explore nature

ABOUT Jointly owned by the Edo government and the Nigerian conservation fund, the Okonni wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of endangered primates including chimpanzees and white-throated monkeys. Other animal attractions include bush babies, buffaloes, porcupines and red river hogs. This was built in 1985. It is notable as a conservation center for endangered primate species. SERVICES There are no services rendered here as the forest is not properly managed.   BEST FEATURES  Its beautiful environment is filled with all kinds of animals around the forest. BEST TIME TO VISIT It can be visited at any time of the year. WHO CAN VISIT Historians, tourists SAFETY It is not safe at night as there are no security agents around the forest and one needs to be extremely careful.