TOP 60 NIGERIA TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS
Nigeria is a beautiful country with beautiful people, culture, food and tourists centres. She is blessed with rich mineral resources divinely spread across the country.
There are more than 2000 of such places and sites in Nigeria but these 60 were carefully selected. It doesn't signify that those not enlisted are not as important as the ones here. The numbering does not depict there importance.
1. Ibeno Beach
A blissful destination for tourists stretched over 245km on a sand bank in Ibeno lies the Ibeno Beach, a little haven for leisure seekers
•Location: Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State
2. Obudu Mountain Resort
Above the sea level on the Oshie Ridge of the famous Sankwala Mountains sits majestically the Obudu Mountain Resort. The temperate climate, breathtaking views, idyllic tranquility and beautiful scenery has made this resort one of the famous tourists’ sites in Nigeria.
•Location: Obudu, Cross River State.
3. Awhum Waterfall
Awhum boasts of numerous immaculate lakes, waterfall 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.
•Location: Awhum, Enugu State
4. Arochukwu Long Juju Slave Route
The sacred altar, a six foot gully that takes people to the temple and the waterfall in Arochukwu Long Juju Slave route, beg tourists to explore the shrine of Ibn Ukpabi and the cult momument of Kamula.
•Location: Arochukwu, Abia State
5. The Giant Footprint of Ukhuse Oke
In a sacred grove where prehistory meets the modern, between a village called Ukhuse-oke and Ukhuseosi lies this distinct footprints of a prehistoric giant that are embedded permanently on flat granite rocks.
•Location: Owan, Edo State
6. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
If you are looking for a destination where you can run away from the bustling life of a city; one that is built on an artificial sand beach, Port Harcourt Tourist Beach is where you should be. It is a leisure hub along Kolabi Creek.
•Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State
7. Gashaki-Gumpti National Park
A national park that offers a fascinating insight into life in medieval times in Nigeria is the Gashaki-Gumpti National Park. It is located within the Chappal Wadi, Mountain, Chappal Hendu and the Mountain of Wind. It is Nigeria’s largest and most diverse National Park.
•Location: Gashaki-Gumpti, Taraba State
8. Alok Ikom Monoliths
300 carved stones standing upright in circles, facing each others in groups with images and texts inscribed on the monoliths are how you would see Alok Ikom Monoliths (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that are in form of a phallus.
•Location: Ikom, Cross River state
9. Isaac Boro Garden Park
Isaac Boro Garden Park is situated opposite the Mile One Bridge along the Old GRA in Port Harcourt. Today, it has become a tourist location where baseball and softball are played and a center for trade fairs and live entertainment. The tomb of Major Isaac Boro, a soldier killed in the Nigeria Civil War lies here.
•Location Port Harcourt, Rivers State
10. The Tinapa Free Zone & Resort
The charm of Calabar mingled with the taste of its rich culture gives Tinapa Free Zone & Resort that magnificent scenario that mesmerizes tourists. It has 860,000 sq ft lettable retail space, an entertainment strip that houses a digital cinema, restaurants, a mini amphitheater, casino, and children’s arcade, a Studio Tinapa.
•Location: Calabar, Cross River State
11. Osun-Osogbo Grove
This is the only tourist destination in Nigeria that has sacred shrines, sanctuaries, sculptures and art works that are created in the honour of the goddess of fertility, Osun. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated along the Oshun River.
•Location: Osogbo, Osun State
12. The Emotan Statue
Located opposite the Oba market in Benin City. Emotan Statue stands majestically, clad in her traditional wrapper and a headgear that is associated with royalty in the Benin Kingdom.
•Location: Benin, Edo State
13. The Royal Palace Of Oba Of Benin
The royal palace of the Oba of Benin is a UNESCO listed heritage site, centrally located near the King’s Square. It holds a huge collection of sculptural pieces of a lot of Benin Obas in bronze, ancestral shrines and ivory.
•Location: Benin, Edo State
14. Sukur Cultural Landscape
Madageli- is the home of the Sukur cultural landscape 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.
•Location: Madageli, Adamawa State
15. Queen Amina’s Wall
In the city of Zazzau (Zaria) was built well-fortified walls to protect the ancient city by Queen Amina of Zaria, who is renowned for her wise military exploits and strategies so many years. This wall still stands majestically in the modern city of Zaria.
•Location: Zaria, Kaduna State
16.. Surame Cultural Landscape
When it comes to the wonders of human creativity, ingenuity and civilization, Surame cultural landscape makes that possible. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has walls made of huge stones and a palace for the village chief; Hidi.
•Location: Surame, Sokoto State
17. Oban Hills
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.
•Location: Oban,Cross River State
18. Oke-Idanre Hill
A visit to the Oke-Idanre Hill gives a tourist access to a lot of spectacular valleys that are interspersed with inselbelgs and high plain about the sea level. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has Omi Aopara; the thunder water, Agbooogun foot print, burial grounds, shrines and the Owa’s palace.
•Location: Oke-Idanre, Ondo State
19. Ogbunike Caves
Ogbunike Caves make an idea tourists destination. These caves are closely associated with historical and spiritual significance. There are 317 steps that need to be used to descend down to the caves. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site.
•Location: Ogbunike, Anambra State
20. Ancient Kano City Walls
There are much more to the beautiful medieval city of Kano when you see the impressive ancient Kano walls (listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ tentative list) . This 14km radius earth monument has a spiritual, cultural and historical significance. It is associated with the Emir’s Palace.
•Location: Kano, Kano State
21. Coconut Beach
No place tells the story of tourism fused with 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.
•Location: Badagry, Lagos State
22. Nana Living History Museum
The magnificent national monument of the Nana Living History Museum is situated in Koko in Warri, a museum that was built by a powerful 19th century business man, Chief Nana Olomu Ebrohimi.
•Location: Warri, Delta State
23. Yankari National Park
It is the 2,244 km2 landspace. Yankari National Park; a home to wildlife in the state’s South-Central part. It houses a lot of natural warm water springs and I am told it is the one of West Africa’s eco-destinations.
•Location: Bauchi State
24. Slave Point of "No Return"
It is the historic Island on the sea from where slaves were transported to Europe.
•Location: Badagry, Lagos State
25. Aso Villa
The nation's seat power built by the Ibrahim Babangida administration is one of the most sought after places tourists want to visit. It sits on a highland and named after the popular Aso Rock.
•Location: FCT, Abuja
26. Ikogosi Warm Springs
It is a tourist attraction located at Ikogosi, a town in Ekiti State , Southwestern Nigeria. Flowing abreast the warm spring is another cold spring which meets the warm spring at a confluence, each maintaining its thermal properties.These attributes make the spring a tourist attraction in Nigeria. Research suggested that the warm spring has a temperature of about 70°C at the source and 37°C at the confluence
•Location: Ikogosi, Ekiti State
27. Dodan Barracks
Dodan Barracks is a military barracks located in Ikoyi ,
Lagos, Nigeria . The barracks was the Supreme Military Headquarters during the Nigerian Civil War and from 1966 to 1979 and 1983 to 1985 . Dodan Barracks was the official residence of the military heads of state of the Nigerian military juntas of 1966–79 and 1983–99 , and also the Supreme Military Headquarters from 1966 until the move to Abuja in 1991.
•Location : Lagos State
28. Nike Lake Resort
Nike Lake Resort is situated on the banks of the Nike Lake in Enugu. A short 15 minutes drive from the local airport and only 10 minutes from the city centre. It offers breathtaking views in a very secure and tranquil environment. You will find at this beautiful serene resort everything you need to make your stay a memorable one!
29. National War Museum
The Nigerian National War Museum in Umuahia showcases the military history of Nigeria with relics form the Biafra-Nigerian Civil War . it has a collection of tanks, AFLs, (clarification needed) ships and aircraft all from Nigeria or Biafra . Almost all tanks and AFLs are Biafran and all aircraft are Nigerian.
•Location: Umuahia, Abia State
30. Olumo Rock
It is a mountain in south-western Nigeria . It is located in the ancient city of Abeokuta , Ogun State , and was normally used during inter-tribal warfare in the 19th century. Its patron spirit is venerated in the Yoruba religion as an orisha .
It is a major tourists centre in Nigeria
•Location : Abeokuta, Ogun State
Gangirwal is Nigeria's highest mountain, Gangirwal, stands at 7,963 ft (2,419 m) and is found in the Adamawa mountains in a remote corner of Gashaka-Gumti National Park (GGNP).
•Location : Gashaka, Adamawa State
32. Bagega Gold Field
This is one of the major deposits sites of gold....and mining has been taking place here. It is already attracting tourists despite the fact that much has not been done to fully commercialize mining.
•Location : Bagega, Zamfara State.
33. Oloibiri Oil Field
Olobiri is a community in Ogbia LGA located in Bayelsa State, in the eastern Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It houses oil field. This is the first place Oil was first discovered in Nigeria. Oloibiri is a historic town to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
•Location : Olobiri, Bayelsa State
34. National Theatre
National Theatre, Lagos
This architectural spectacle was built in 1976 as a national monument for the presentation, preservation and promotion of Nigerian culture and arts.
Location : Iganmu, Lagos State..
lgbo-Ukwu, an ancient town in Anambra State has a historic significance. Tourist has continued to pour in to observe its bronze artifacts. The bronze excavated in 1938 by an English archaeologist was first produced around the 19th century and are treasured because they have great historical importance
•Location: Igboukwu, Anambra State
36. Benue Hills
The hills of Benue are among the top best destinations in the nation. It has a hilly topography which is a major tourist’s attraction, among them are:
Ushogbo Hills, Bassa Hills, Ikyogen Hills and Swern Hills
•Location : Makurdi, Benue State
37. Oguta Lake Holiday Complex
Oguta Lake contains fresh water and is the largest natural Lake in Nigeria after lake Chad. There are a lot of recreational activities at the lake like swimming etc. also the Oguta Lake complex has Golf course of international standard, Cruise boat services, mini children recreational park, Relic of Nigerian civil war- a mini bunker, Golf Club Bar House and natural confluence of Urashi River and Oguta Lake. Oguta Lake is location: Oguta, Imo State.
38. NOK Village
The Nok Village showcases the full splendor of the world famous NOK culture. The culture has been in existence for over 2,500 years and visitors have the opportunity to appraise the excavations made by diverse scholars and researchers at the NOK village located in Kaduna State.
•Location : Kaduna, Kaduna State
39. Agbokim Waterfalls
Agbokim waterfalls is an enchanting sight and a tourists favorite picnic spot
•Location: Ikom, Cross River State
40. Lake Chad
Lake Chad which is strategically located on the borders of four countries; Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. It is a tourists’ magnet. Fishing villages and boating is the favourite tourists’ activitirs
Location: Borno State
41. Sillicon Hill
The silicon Hill is above 300 metres above sea level about half kilometre long and is made of silica a raw material used in the manufacture of glass. The hills and its surroundings is such a natural splendor and perfect spot for sightseeing.
•Location : Nkpologu Enugu State.
42. The Agia Tree/First Storey Building
Christianity was first preached in Nigeria under the Agia Tree at Market Street, in the ancient city of Badagry. Though, the tree has now fallen, that spot is a tourist’s magnate. Also the first ever storey building in Nigeria, which was erected in Marina Badagry in 1845 by Rev Henry Townsend.
•Location: Badagry, Lagos State
43. Confluence Point
River Niger and River Benue are the two largest Rivers in West Africa. The confluence of the two rivers is in Lokoja forming Y-shape when view from the top and flowing together to the Atlantic Ocean. River Benue has a light green colour while River Niger has a light brown colour. There boat and ferry services at the confluence of the two Rivers.
•Location: Lokoja, Kogi State
44. Zuma Rock
The Zuma Rock is believed to possess some mystical powers. A human face is engraved on the side rock facing the road. The rock exudes natural splendor and is a perfect spot for picnic.
•Location : Kaduna Abuja Highway, Abuja
45. Gurara Waterfalls
it a very beautiful sight to behold. The Gurara river is a huge arm of the famous River Niger and during rainy season, the river is full to the beam. Visitors can swim in the river during the dry season around January when the water is clear.
•Location: Minna Suleja road, Niger State
46. Jos Wildlife Park
This Nigeria’s best man-made wildlife park is home to buffalos, lions, hippos, pythons, pigmy, horses, crocodiles, birds and many more wildlife. It has a hilly landscape with diverse plant life and lots of picnic sites. Facilities at the park includes picnic pine forest, children’s play ground, video viewing centre, wildlife museum and restaurant.
•Location: Jos, Plateau State
47. Wase Rock
Wase rock is a dome shaped rock that is a breeding site to Pelican birds. It rises up to 350 metres above sea level making it a favourite attraction for geologists, bird watchers, geographers and mountaineers.
•Location : Jos, Plateau State
48. The Mambilla Plateau
The plateau has an undulating setting with temperate climate and is roughly 1,830 metres above sea level.
•Location: Gembu, Taraba State
49.. Biu Plateau
Located in Yobe State that has an average hot weather condition all year round, Biu plateau is a haven to locals and tourists alike, because of its temperate weather condition. There other side attractions on the plateau
•Location: Biu, Yobe State
50. Slave Masters Lodge, Okopedi, Itu
Itu River located in Itu a small town close to Uyo was famous for slave trade route. The relics of ware houses, more like detention center where slaves were held before shipment through the Itu River. The white slave merchants’ lodge is a charming one deck edifice.
•Location: Itu, Akwa Ibom State
51. Amalgamation House
It was in this iconic facility that the Former Colonial governor, Lord Luggard, amalgamated the southern and Northern Nigeria in 1914 thus giving birth to the nation Nigeria. The cease fire that ended the Nigerian civil war was declared here. Opposite the Amalgamation house is the building that was Lord Luggard residence during the time of amalgamation..
52. Kainji Lake National Park
This is closely linked with the famous Kainji lake oil hydroelectric complex. It lies between Borgu and Zugurma sectors of Kwara State. It can be reached through Lokoja, from Lagos through Ibadan, Ilorin and Jebba. The park is full of diverse wildlife, a variety of ethno-historical and cultural sites amongst which are Kobs, antelopes, hippopotamus, lions etc
•Location: Borgu, Kwara State
53. Abakaliki Green Lake
The Abakaliki Green Lake was a favorite spot for relaxation and leisure for the colonial administrators. In recent times modern recreation facilities has been introduce to enhance the tourism potential of this Lake.
•Location : Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
54. Amanchore Cave
This Cave has 3 metres height and has several narrow tunnels that lead to different directions.
•Location : Afikpo, Ebonyi State.
55. Eggon Hills and Caves
Egon Hills and Caves are a range of hills which are overs 300 metres at some of the peaks and have appearance of Inserbergs and kopjes •Location : Eggon, Nasarawa State.
lgbo-Ukwu, an ancient town in Anambra State has a historic significance. Tourist has continued to pour in to observe its bronze artifacts. The bronze excavated in 1938 by an English archaeologist was first produced around the 19th century and are treasured because they have great historical importance.
•Location: Igbo-Ukwu, Anambra State
57. Agbokim Waterfalls
Agbokim Waterfalls is an enchanting sight and a tourists favorite picnic spot. It is located very close to Cameroon Nigeria border, Cross River State. It is very close to Ikom.
•Location: Ikom, Akwa Ibom
58. Slave Trade Relics, Badagry
Relics of the slave trade consist of locks and shackles are preserved by Mobee family at Marina Badagry, it is still in the custody of the family and is on exhibition in the family house.
•Location : Badagry, Lagos State
59. Owu Waterfalls
The waterfalls from a height of 120 metres to an chilled pool below with an evergreen vegetation surrounding the water falls.
•Location: Owa Kajola, Kwara State.
60. Wiki Warm Springs The Wiki Warm Spring which is situated inside the Yankari National park is 10 metres wide and 200metres long with crystal clear warm water. Wikki Warm Springs is one of the top attractions of the Yankari National Park. It warm water make it unique and visitors enjoy swimming in its waters night and day alike.
•Location : Yankari, Bauchi State