Kwiambana Forest Reserve
About Kwiambana Forest Reserve Kwiambana Forest Reserve was submitted the site to UNESCO as a potential World Heritage Center in November 1995 by the Nigerian government. The Kwiambana ruins were built on and around a granite inselberg with two peaks. They were protected by a ditch and a bank between five and seven meters high, topped by a rubble wall. In areas where the wall passes over bare rock, it is built of mud block with loopholes. Around the hillside there are some low free-stone walls. Within the enclosed area are several well-preserved mud structures, and several level sites where buildings may once have stood.The walls were constructed of natural coursed rubble, with alternating layers of stone and subsoil, and have resisted erosion. Kwiambana Forest Reserve is located in Zamfara, Nigeria. SERVICES There are no services rendered here as the forest is not properly managed. BEST FEATURES It has a very beautiful green environment 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
About Kanoma Hills Kanoma Hill is approximately 479 metres or 1,571 feet high. It is is located in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. In battle, the hill provided protection to the Kanoma people who lived right on top of the hill. It was a major advantage as it meant the enemy forces had to charge uphill to attack them, while they could easily hide and lay in wait. Kanoma hill is about 34km away from Gusau. History of Kanoma Hills The Kanoma people were 19th century hunters who settled on top of Kanoma hill. Umaru Nagwamatse – grandson of Usman Dan Fodio, and founder of Kontagora and Gwamatsawa Dynasty – attempted and failed to conquer Kanoma. Such was the protection that Kanoma hill offered and how the Kanoma people used it to their advantage in battle. Safety It is quite a safe location but visitors are advised to be careful when climbing up and down the hill. Things to Do Mountain climbing, sightseeing. What to Bring Before heading to kanoma hills here are some of the things to go along with; a good camera to take beautiful images, hiking boots, water bottle. Best Features The view when climbing the hill is quite amazing it is quite similar to the view when looking out of an aeroplane. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit the hills is during the day when when there is enough light to climb up and down the hill. Most Common Visitors The most common visitors here are; adventurers, hikers, researchers. Why You Should Visit To explore and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Kalale Hippopotamus Pond
About Kalale Hippopotamus Pond Kalale Hippopotamus Pond is located in the Dangulbi area of Maru Local Government, Zamfara. It is about 120km from Gusau. The Kalale Hippopotamus pond is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Zamfara state. The Kalale pond is a large one and it’s the habitat of several hippopotamuses. Kalale Hippopotamus Pond can be visited by tourists, nature/wild life lovers and researchers. Hippopotamuses spend most of the day in water and come out at night to feed. Hippos secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sun block that may also provide protection against germs. This natural behavior has proved to be most unfortunate for the Kalale locals, though, as the Hippos steal food and destroy farms. Kalale hippopotamus pond is located in the North-West region of the country. This region experience two seasons which are the rainy and dry season. The rainy season come heavily from the month of May, June, July. While the dry season usually comes between the month of October up until April. Services Hippos are unique animals. They are the third largest land living mammals in the world. To be able to observe them in their natural habitat is an awesome and quite a beautiful sight. Best Features The best feature by far at Kalale pond are the Hippos. They are magnificent creatures. Many nature lovers wait patiently for hours just to see them come out of the water. Who Can Visit? Kalale Hippopotamus Pond can be visited by tourists, nature/wild life lovers and researchers. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit is between 9am and 7pm. Don't be anywhere near the pond when the animals come out at night to feed. Safety It is a very safe location but guests are advised not to be to close to the animals.
Kuyambana Game Reserve
About Kuyambana Game Reserve Kuyambana Game Reserve is a vast forest area located in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Kuyambana Game Reserve was set aside by the government for the preservation of plants and animals, especially the endangered species. This area stretches from the Dajin Rugu to the Kontagora forest. Kuyambana Game Reserve is a safe haven for animals like elephants, lions, and hyenas as the government has restricted hunting and human activities in this area. It is about 100km from Gusau. Kuyambana Game Reserve can be visited by nature enthusiasts, zoologists, fun lovers and class groups. Kuyambana game reserve is located in the North-West region of the country. This region experiences two seasons which are the rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season come heavily from the month of May, June, July. While the dry season usually comes between the month of October up until April. Services Kuyambana Game Reserve is open to the public with access to observe the wildlife. Best Features Animals on show like elephants, lions and hyenas make for exciting viewing. Who Can Visit? Kuyambana Game Reserve can be visited by nature enthusiasts, zoologists, fun lovers and class groups. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit kuyambana game reserve is during the day when the reserve will be open for all and sundry. Safety This is a relatively safe location as tour guards are available but guests are advised not to move to close to the animals.
Dashi Natural Tunnels
About Dashi Natural Tunnels This is a 2km natural tunnel in Dashi, Kwatarkwashi district of Bungudu Local Government. This tunnel is wide enough to accommodate three people walking side by side at the same time, and high enough for a person to walk upright. Dashi is 15km from Gusau. Safety This is a very safe location. Things to Do Take a walk down the tunnel, learn about the history of the tunnel. What to Bring Before heading to Dashi Natural Tunnels, here are some things to bring; hiking boots, flashlight, mosquito repellent, a good camera. Best Features The tunnel in itself is pretty amazing, it is a must visit. Best Time to Visit Dashi Natural Tunnel The best time to visit the tunnel is during the day when there are tour guides on site to make the visit more eventful. Most Common Visitors The most common visitors here are adventurers, nature enthusiasts, fun lovers. Weather at Dashi Natural Tunnel Dashi Natural Tunnel is located in the North-West region of the country. This region experiences two seasons which are the rainy and dry season. The rainy season come heavily from the month of May, June, July. While the dry season usually comes between the month of October up until April.
Kwatarkwashi Rock/Water Spring
About Kwatarkwashi Rock/Water Spring Long before it became a tourist attraction, Kwatarkwashi Rock was a place where the locals worshipped a powerful spirit that they believed dwelled on the rock. The introduction of Islamic religion into the area stamped out this belief and now Kwatarkwashi Rock is just a good old tourist attraction. This doesn’t mean it has lost any of its charm though (pardon the pun). Kwatarkwashi Rock still has some interesting features and history: there are caves where the locals used to hide during difficult battles – the biggest of the caves can reportedly hide a thousand people. In addition, eagles used to live in the caves and catching them was the main feature of an annual event called Daukar Maiki (Catching of the Eagle). A spring that never runs dry flows from the rock, providing cool and refreshing water for locals and tourists. Kwatarkwashi is 12km away from Gusau. History of Kwatarkwashi Rock/Water Spring The first inhabitants of Kwatarkwashi decided to settle there because of the rock. They believed a powerful spirit dwelled on the rock and they worshipped this spirit. In addition, the rock’s many caves offered protection during difficult battles, the spring water that flowed from the rock was a steady source of clean and refreshing water, and the wild life provided food. The decision to settle around the rock must have been an easy one for these early warriors, hunters, and farmers. Thus, they founded Kwatarkwashi. Kwatarkwashi was named after a prominent ruler called Kwatashi. In the annual event – Daukar Maiki – daring, healthy, and strong youths would climb to the peak of Kwatarkwashi Rock, go to the biggest cave, and attempt to catch one of the eagles that lived there. If successful, they’d then present the eagle alive to the leader. That must have been quite a sight. The Catching of the Eagle event has been banned now. In any case, eagles no longer live on Kwatarkwashi Rock. The locals say the eagles flew away one morning and never returned. They probably got tired of being used for sport, and being the centre of attraction in an annual ceremony. The experts call it local extinction: the eagles migrated and must have found a better home, so they never returned. Safety Kwatarkwashi Rock is a safe location. Tourists are allowed to do everything (climb the rock, picnic, relax, drink from the spring, etc.) except go in the caves. The caves are out of bounds to tourists. This is because the caves are very deep and dark, and wild animals/reptiles may be hiding in them. It’s best to watch the kids closely to make sure they don’t try to live out any Batman fantasy in those caves. Things to Do Tourists can sightsee, climb the rocks, picnic, fetch or drink from the spring water coming out of the rocks, carry out research, etc. you can even hunt – if that’s what does it for you. What to Bring You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes if you plan to go rock climbing. Best Features The rock and the history surrounding it, the water spring, and the cool environment are the main features of this tourist attraction. Tourists can relax, have a picnic, and drink from the cool spring. And you’re bound to hear many great stories from the locals. Best Time to Visit The best time to visit Kwartarkwashi Rock/Water Spring is during 8am and 7pm when there's enough daylight to enjoy the sights. Most Common Visitors Kwartarkwashi Rock is a popular place. Its cool and relaxing atmosphere attracts a steady stream of tourists, students, indigenes, visitors from neighbouring towns, and researchers. Why You Should Visit Kwartarkwashi Rock/Water Spring has a blend of everything: nature, history, and magic (if you wish). The environment is cool and relaxing and it almost has a healing effect on you. Shame the eagles packed up and left in such a hurry, though. Weather at Kwatarkwashi Rock/Water Spring The weather is generally cool. It makes it easy for people to relax and enjoy the sights
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