BY ADEBAYO MAYOWA BLADES 01 OCTOBER 2018   |   PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN LIFESTYLE

Nigeria has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Many of these places are sure to leave visitors breathing hard with suspense and excitement. Here are some hidden gems Nigeria has to offer:


Ogba Ukwu Caves and Waterfalls, Anambra State

Ogba Ukwu cave. Photo Adedotun Ajibade

Considered the largest cave in West Africa, it forms a deep and complex rock formation with roomy compartments large enough to take in an entire village.


Abraka Turf and Country Club Resort and River Ethiope

Abraka Turf, Delta. Photo Enefaa

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the crystal clear River Ethiope borders the resort.


Katsina Gobarau Minaret

Gobaru Minaret in Katsina. Photo: Deskgram

Though the storey building in Badagry is often regarded as the first storey building in Nigeria, the Gobarau Minaret is a Timbuktu style architecture of baked clay constructed over 300 years ago.


Agbele Rock Formation

This naturally occurring rock formation resembles a woman backing a baby, with a basket on her head. Folk legend explains it as a figure of a woman who stole yams from a rocky part of the village where yams are left to dry in the sun and, as punishment, turned into a rock.


Turunku Hills

Turunku Hills, Zaria. Photo: Official Olobo

These hills are found in a small village in the southern part of Zaria called Turunku where Queen Amina ruled the Zau Zau empire. Among the numerous rocks and hills is a peculiar rock carved in the form of a seat. Legend has it that Queen Amina sat on this rock watching over her people and making strategic war plans.


Dumi Hills

Dumi Hills, Porto Minijibir. Photo Bauchi Friends Tours

Dumi, a village southeast of Bauchi City, is an outskirt settlement from the city centre. It is a beautiful settlement with many hills and a lake.


Juju Rock Formation

This outstanding rock on the River Niger at the border of Niger and Kwara states has been a source of fear to many explorers, among which is the popular Scottish explorer, Mungo Park, whose shipwrecked.


Marshall Caves

Named after a British conservationist, Marshall cave in Wiki Camp Bauchi supposedly served as a settlement many centuries ago sheltering communities from wild animals and invaders.


Porto Gulf Resort

Porto Gulf Resort, Minjibir. Photo: Bauchi Friends Tours

The Porto Golf Resort on Gezawa-Minjir-Kunya Road in Kano is a beautiful resort that offers beautiful, calm scenery like a lake and lush greenery.


Alok Ikom Monoliths

Alok Ikom monolith. Photo: Worldnews

On the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage are these 300 upright, carved stones in the Ikom area of Cross River State. Most of the inscription and images carved on them remain undeciphered to date.

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