Exploring Nigeria: The Best Things to See and Do in This West Africa Nation According to Avid Traveller Jako Hall

Originally published on sundial.csun.edu

Nigeria is considered the most populous country of West Africa and is a familiar area for avid traveller Captain Jako Hall. The country’s rich history, unique culture, and delicious food keeps Hall returning. For those who have not travelled to this west African country, the past and present are intertwined as Nigeria also hosts the exhilaration and faster pace of modernisation. Captain Hall provides a helpful guide to new guests of Nigeria and outlines the country’s best destinations and activities to partake in during the stay based on the type of exploration sought. 

Chasing Nigerian Waterfalls

Nigeria is the perfect country to adventure through for the explorer who loves to chase waterfalls and during waterfalls’ full bloom in the rainy season, which can differ depending on the region of Nigeria, ranging from March to November. 

The Gurara waterfall, located on Suleja-Minna Road, Gurara, Niger, is considered a tributary of the River Niger. This particular waterfall acquired its name from two gods and is a grand and exotic waterfall that falls around thirty metres and, depending on the season, can spread its roar across two hundred meters.

The beautiful sight of the seven-part Agbokim waterfall surrounded by lush greed is a must-see. It is located roughly three hundred and fifteen kilometres from Calabar in southeastern Nigeria. Other waterfalls to check out include the Obga Ukwu waterfall found near the largest cave in West Africa, the Farin Ruwa waterfall, and the Erin Ijesha waterfall. And when a day of hiking calls for a time to relax, take a long soak at the Wikki Warm Spring at Yankari National Park in Bauchi State.

Natural Rock Wonders of Nigeria

There are plenty of natural rock wonders to add to any bucket list for those who want to explore Nigeria’s breathtaking natural landmarks with a little less waterfall chasing involved. Reaching seven hundred and twenty-five metres above its foundation ground, Zuma Rock can be seen through the windows of by-passers on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway. This incredible monolith holds a vast amount of history and even was once seen as an idol. For a more quiet and serene scene, visit the Awhum (Ohum) Cave in Enugu to witness powers, and spiritual presence proclaimed to renew the mind and body and grant wisdom and healing. Other desirable natural sights in Nigeria include Aso Rock in Abuja, Indanre Hill in Ondo, and Riyom Rock in Plateau.

Famous Festivals

There are several festivals to consider attending for the traveller looking to be engulfed in Nigerian culture and celebration with local residents. The Kebbawa Argungu Festival in the Mata Fadan River is a four-day event that brings together fishermen in celebration of unity and way of life. The celebration embodies conservation and preserving traditions while marking the beginning of the fishing season and the close of the farming season. Other festivals such as Calabar Carnival, Lagos Fashion Week, or the first international arts festival of photography located in Nigeria, LagosPhoto Festival, show a more modern way of life for the people of Nigeria living in more urban areas of the nation.

About Jako Hall

Jako Hall is an experienced mariner and a former naval officer known for his strong work ethic and ability to lead and motivate crews. He pursued Maritime Studies at the University of Technology in Cape Town and has received the highest level of training in Navigation and Seamanship during his years in the Navy. After 13 distinguished years in the Navy, Jako joined the superyacht industry, following his passion for creating unique and exclusive experiences for high-net-worth clients. He’s managed multi-million euro projects that required attention to detail and efficiency and has a proven track record of operating at sea in remote and unsupported areas.