Jebba a Nupe word from “Je” meaning flow and “Ba” here-gives the meaning “water is flowing here.” Jebba is a little town in Kwara State, on the border with Niger State. It was briefly the first capital of the British protectorate of Northern Nigeria. Juju Rock, is a massive granite island-hill formation in the River Niger, off Jebba. It’s situated in the island people often refer to as the Ancient Jebba. This same rock formation has a look alike just not too far from the same river bank. The Locals regards this as the wife of the Juju Rock.
“Juju” a word for Voodoo in Nigeria gives that scary thought but trust me its a welcoming sight. Though the rock has been a source of fear to many explorers among which is the popular Scottish explorer- Mungo Park whose shipwrecked at its foot on October 7th 1857. From the foot of the Rock one could site numerous birds, wild monkeys and a few bush rodents.
How to get there:
Things to do there:
The best things to do while in Jebba are:
- Canoeing around the River Niger,
- Hiking the Juju Rock to appreciate nature,
- Fishing in the River with locals, tour of the GunGun village and interact with the friendly locals, view and appreciate the local Hausa/Nupe traditions.
- Visit the Mungo Parks Cenotaph,
- Sightseeing from the Jebba Old Railway,
- Stopping at the Boarder of Kwara and Niger and taking a picture one leg in Kwara, one leg in Niger State.
Distance: 2.4 miles out and back
Hiking Duration: 1hr 30minutes
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