The Top Tourist Attractions in Nigeria

With hundreds of natural tourists’ attractions, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Site, the nation’s beauty is a sight to behold.

Not much is known about tourism and the tourist attractions in Nigeria.

Wondering why?

The answer is not far fetched.

Nigeria  has been presented in a negative light lately, mostly because the media projects its people as mostly internet fraudsters.

This has hurt the country’s image so much so that people from other parts of the world fail to see the good that could come out of Nigeria and its people.

Internally, poor security, incessant corruption scandals surrounding the political elite, and overall poor living standards have caused so many Nigerian’s to “give up” on the ability of the government to make policies and execute projects that will better their lives.

They too do not believe that anything can come out of this Nation, which is NOT TRUE.

Nigeria is a blessed nation both materially and in terms of human resources. Nigeria is endowed with about 34 solid minerals identified in 450 locations in the country which include bitumen, gold, coal, iron ore, limestone, lead/zinc ores, limestone, and barites.

With 53.2% of the general population falling between the age of 15 and 65, the country boasts a strong workforce, a huge source of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled labor available to both local brands and foreign investors.

With hundreds of natural tourists’ attractions, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Site, the nation’s beauty is a sight to behold.

In this article, I will try to intimate you with some of Nigeria’s most popular tourist sites but first at think it’ fitting we take a look at some very interesting facts about the Giant of Africa.

  • Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated population of about 181 Million.
  • Nigeria is the 12th largest producer of crude oil in the world.
  • Lagos, Nigeria is home to the second-longest bridge in Africa – The Third Mainland Bridge.
  • River Niger – Africa’s third and West Africa’s largest and longest river passes through Nigeria.
  • It would interest you to know the name Nigeria was derived from the River Niger.
  • There are over 250 Ethnics groups in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria is one of the oldest locations of human existence as verified by Archaeological evidence.

There are a whole lot of interesting things about Nigeria but that’s not the purpose of this post, so we will just get straight to it……here are the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Nigeria.

For this list, we have compared reviews from various travel blogs and web pages and sampled the opinions of several foreign and local tourists who have been to these sites.

So, sit back, relax, and get ready for a trip to the paradise that is Nigeria, the Giant of Africa.

1. The Ibeno Beach (Akwa Ibom State)

The Ibeno Beach is a Top Tourist Attractions in Nigeria
The Ibeno Beach is a Top Tourist Attractions in Nigeria | Credit: Guardian.ng

A blissful destination for tourists stretched over 245km on a sandbank in Ibeno lies the Ibeno Beach, a little haven for leisure seekers.

The roaring waves, spots for sunbathing, unpolluted foliage of the mangrove forest, cool breeze from the water, and a lush surrounding give this destination an unimaginable allure for tourists.

The Ibeno Beach in Akwa Ibom state is one top tourist attractions in Nigeria.

2. Lekki Conservation Centre (Lagos State)

Lekki Conservation Centre top tourist attraction in Lagos
Lekki Conservation Centre serves as tourist center for local and international visitors. | Credit: Hotels.ng

The Lekki Conservation Centre is is located in the Lekki Peninsula, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

It is a conservation initiative of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the foremost conservation project site.

Lekki Conservation Centre promotes environmental protection and works against poaching by surrounding communities as well as serve as a tourist center for local and international visitors.

3. Ngwo Pine Forest (Enugu State)

Ngwo Pine Forest, Enugu State
The Ngwo Pine Forest a pine forest, it hosts a limestone cave sculpted with a small waterfall that forms a shallow pool at the bed of the cave. | Credit: Hotels.ng

The unique forest dynasty that is found in Ngwo Pine is a huge draw for visitors.

Romantically set by Mother Nature with sharp twists for adventure seekers, beautifully set pine trees and gently flowing stream for lovers, and the loud splashing of the waters inside the dark cleft inside a cave would blow off one’s imagination.

4. Awhum Waterfall (Enugu State)

The Awhum Waterfall is amazing and a top tourist attraction in Nigeria
The Awhum Waterfall is formed out of a massive outcrop of granite rock with water flow at the top forming a stream. | Credit: Guardian.ng

Another tourist attraction in Enugu state is the Awhum Waterfall.

Awhum boasts of numerous immaculate lakes, waterfalls, and a monastery.

The waterfall forms beautiful scenery where water cascades over its top forming a stream, which has become a religious tourist site. It is close to the Awhum Monastery.

5. Gashaki-Gumpti National Park (Taraba State)

Gashaka Gumti national park - Most Popular Tourist Attractions Nigeria
Gashaka Gumti National Park is Nigeria’s largest and most diverse National Park | Credit: Partyjollof.com

Looking for a unique tourist attractions in the north of Nigeria that takes you back in time?

Your best bet is the Gashaki-Gumpti National Park located in Taraba State, North Eastern Nigeria.

The Gashaki-Gumpti National park offers a fascinating insight into life in medieval times in Nigeria.

It is located within the Chappal Wadi, Mountain, Chappal Wadi, and the Mountain of Wind.

It is Nigeria’s largest and most diverse National Park.

6. Alok Ikom Monoliths (Cross River State)

Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths is an amazing tourist attraction in Cross River Nigeria
Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths are thought to be up to 1500 years old | Credit: Rebrandnigeria.org

The Alok Ikom Monoliths in Cross River state is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

300 carved stones standing upright in circles, facing each other in groups with images and texts inscribed on the monoliths are how you would see Alok Ikom Monoliths that are in form of a phallus.

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7. Osun-Osogbo Grove (Osun State)

This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures, and artworks that are created in the honor of the goddess of fertility, Oshun.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated along the Osun River.

The Osun-Osogbo Grove is located in the capital city of Osun state, south west Nigeria.

Osun-Osogbo Grove is a sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures, and artworks that are created in the honor of the goddess of fertility.
This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures, and artworks that are created in the honor of the goddess of fertility, Oshun.

There is a yearly festival in august that attracts visitors and osun worshippers from everywhere.

The Osun Osogbo grove also includes an art village with tye and dye, paintings, wood carvings, drums and other arts and craft. This is one of the top tourist attraction in Nigeria and it is totally worth a visit.

8. Sukur Cultural Landscape (Adamawa State)

Sukur cultural landscape is a world heritage site (WHS) and the first to be named in Nigeria
Sukur cultural landscape is a world heritage site (WHS) and the first to be named in Nigeria | Credit: Visitnigerianow.com

Madageli is the home of the Sukur cultural landscape and is populated with traditional cemeteries and ritual terraced areas.

Blessed with lush avifauna and situated on top of the Mandara Mountains, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Obudu Mountain Resort (Cross River State)

Obudu Cattle Resort/Ranch is one of Nigeria's finest and most interesting tourist destinations
Obudu Cattle Resort is one of Nigeria’s finest and most interesting tourist destinations | Credit: Hotels.ng

Obudu Mountain Ranch now known as the Obudu Cattle Resort is located on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River State, Nigeria, it is one of Nigeria’s finest and most interesting tourist destinations.

Obudu Cattle Resort was in developed 1951 by a rancher, a Scottish national known by Mr. McCaughley, he explored the mountain ranges in 1949, camped, and returned with another rancher Mr. Hugh Jones in 1951. Mr. Hugh Jones alongside Dr. Crawfeild developed the Obudu Cattle Ranch.

The resort boasts a cable car that gives visitors a scenic view of this beautiful and pleasant tourist center.

Read more about this amazing tourist destination here.

10. Oban Hills (Cross River State)

If we don’t mention Oban Hills, then you might miss out on one of the most unique things you will find in the state.

Korup National Park of Cameroon shares a border with the Oban Hills.

Home to a lot of wildlife and plants; and this is one of the few places on earth you can find the Xavier’s Green Bull the Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Crested Guinea fowl, Bat Hawk, and over 400 Chimpanzees lives here.

11. Coconut Beach (Lagos State)

Top Tourist Attraction Coconut beach badagary Lagos State
Coconut Beach is a Top Holiday Spot in Badagary, Lagos State | Credit: Hotels.ng

No place tells the story of tourism fused with a history like Badagry.

It has breathtaking and beautiful ocean views, a perfect place for relaxation.

20 miles before you get to the Republic of Benin lies Coconut beach, and it is surrounded by a lot of coconut trees.

12. Yankari National Park (Bauchi State)

Yankari National Park is amazing and one of the Top Tourist Attractions in Nigeria
Yankari National Park was a game reserve | Credit: Theculturetrip.com

Yankari National Park – a wildlife park located in Bauchi State, the north eastern part of Nigeria.

It is one of the most beautiful and most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria.

The park, created as a game reserve in 1956 is home to the largest elephant population in Nigeria.

According to WCS Nigeria, It also houses the critically endangered West African lion – which is among the four surviving known populations.

Yankari National Park houses the critically endangered West African lion
Yankari National Park houses the critically endangered West African lion | Credit: hometown.ng

Yankari was upgraded to a National Park in 1991 and is today, managed by the Bauchi State Government.

Thinking of visiting?

The best time to see Yankari park is between December and April as it is a converging place for many species during the wildlife viewing season, they gather at the Gaji River which passes through the park.

The park offers multiple attractions beyond wildlife.

There is the Wikki Warm Spring, which is situated close to the park’s lodge. The spring, which has been developed for recreational purposes stays warm all year at an average temperature of 31 degrees Celsius – this is owing to underground geothermal activity at the park.

Do you agree with our picks of The Top Tourist Attractions in Nigeria? Have you visited any of these places before? Let us know in the comment section below.

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