Olumirin waterfall is located in Erin-Ijesha town along the Ilesa-Akure expressway Osun State in southwest Nigeria. The waterfall is situated on the Effon Ridge,
The gigantic Ridge constitutes a conspicuous eye-catcher for every traveler, as it towers into the distant skyline, forming a spectacular backrest for the sleepy towns of Erin-Oke, Erin-Ijesha and Erinmo.
The walls of the massive rock cleft through which the water flows is rugged in verdant colours, and although in the daytime the cleft is as dark as the night, the gracious vegetal canopies jutting out above allows some sunrays to penetrate, casting a subtle but gracious blue-green tone upon the vestal showers of Olumirin Waterfalls.(info courtesy of: Naijatrek)
OLUMIRIN WATERFALLS FACTS
- This waterfall is an assemblage of seven stages and 3 distinct waterfalls falling alongside one another from the top cliffs of the rock, cascading down into a pool of river that runs into canopies of lush vegetations.
- -Erin Ijesha waterfalls was discovered in the year 1140AD.
- Olumirin– means “another deity” .Legend has it that after the death of Oduduwa, the people of present day Erin-Ijesha migrated from Ile-Ife.
- At the 7 stage, you’re already in Ekiti state.
- Entrance fee is 500 Naira, if you have a camera you pay extra 500 Naira.
- Don’t hike with bare foot, go with your hiking shoes.
The first cascade plummets through a narrow opening in a cluster of luxuriant tree trunks blanketed in dark green leafage, down a steeply folded rock face of about ten meters in height.
Second cascade is the most gigantic of all, with the waters diving down a 40m-high cliff. The copious plunge is most spectacular in the rainy season when the stream channel is at its flooding levels. Its plunge pool forms a shallow swimming pool for visitors at the site who are lucky and brave enough to get to the second fall.
Another great attraction at the waterfalls, is the Abake village, a rustic enclave located at the top of the colossal ridge. The name “Abake”, is a Yoruba word which is a combination of two other Yoruba words: “Aba” “Oke”, meaning “the village on the top”, suggesting the location , of the small village.
WHAT TO DO THERE
- Hiking on Effon Ridge (Hiking to the very last stage is about 2 hours 30 minutes)
- Bird and game watching etc.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Light hiking shoes
Read more about our last trip here:
VIDEO OF LAST TRIP
The waterfall is a must-visit for you and I. If you come to Nigeria and you miss the Olumirin Waterfalls, you might as well have stayed at home.