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Tourist Destinations In Nigeria

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Oyeniran Apata, Lagos The insignificant contributions of the tourism sector to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) may take a leap to reckoning given the renewed government interest in the sector lately.

Resting on the recent report of survey conducted by the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, indicating 4,037,808 inbound tourists to Nigeria in 2013, spending $649.47 million has brighten hope of improved earnings for the country from the sector.

Compared to 1,414,000 tourist arrivals recorded in 2009 when number was last calculated, according to the World Bank, the new figure represents 185 per cent increase in tourism arrivals last year.

With tourism as a potential alternative to oil and gas revenue generation, Independent newspapers in continuation of a serial on the various local and international tourist attractions in Nigeria, showcases Nigeria’s untapped tourist paradise with long stretches of exotic beaches, lush mountains, well preserved tradition and culture and enchanting tourist attractions in the South east.


A first time visitor to Ibeno passing through Eket begins to feel the splendor of nature’s wonder from a distance of about five kilometers before the beach.

The Ibeno Beach, a heavenly destination for tourists stretched over 245km on a sand bank in Ibeno. The roaring waves, spots for sunbathing, unpolluted foliage of the mangrove forest, cool breeze from the water and a lush surrounding give this destination an unimaginable allure for tourists.

The Ibeno Beach is one of the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean along the shorelines of Ibeno. It is the longest sand beach in West Africa. Ibeno is located in the south east of Nigeria and is a Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Ibeno town lies on the eastern side of the Kwa Ibo River about 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the river mouth, and is one of the largest fishing settlements on the Nigerian coast. Ibeno lies in the Mangrove Forest Belt of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. It is bounded in the West by Eastern Obolo local Government area, to the North by Onna, Esit Eket and Eket, to the South by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a little haven for leisure seekers.


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.

The resort is nestled on top of a mountain top plateau, in the Sankala Mountains of Cross River State, elevated 1576 metres above sea level. The climate at this height is temperate and offers a welcome contrast from Africa’s usual, unrelenting heat.

The Resort is located on a plateau between mountains, soaring high above sea level. Close to the border with neighbour Cameroon, you can reach this remote part of Nigeria by air from Lagos. Cross River State – the location of the resort – is ideal for nature-spotters: the extent of biodiversity in this region is phenomenal.

To get to the Obudu Mountain Resort, your best and most straight forward route would be to travel by road from Calabar. Be prepared as this can be a very long trip of up to 5hrs in duration. It is also best to travel in groups and hire a vehicle to take you up there, or go with a local tour operator.

Obudu Mountain Resort is renowned for having the longest cable car in Africa, which takes you from the base of the mountain up to the resort’s reception: an exciting feature built into your stay. The resort boats a canopy walkway which is fantastic for bird watching.

There is electric power usually turned off between the hours of 10am to 6pm, then turned back on again from 6pm to 10pm, and sometime till12am at night. It is then turned off for the night from 12am to 10am the next morning.

Things you must try to take with you when going to Obudu are; some good walking shoes or boots, and a scarf (or something to keep you warm as temperature do drop).


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.

Anyone who knows the Kingdom properly knows that the palace is regarded as one of the greatest museums in the world because it still holds a large collection of royal court arts, scriptural pieces of past Obas in bronze and ivory and ancestral shrines.

With its unique traditional architecture and works of the arts, it was first build about 1255 AD by Oba Ewedo (about 1255AD-1280AD), discontented about been in the midst of the powerful and sometime rudely Edionisen (the five elders) of the kingdom, he called them “Emwan nei zama omwan”(people who have no respect for their monarch) corrupted to Uzama. This was not surprising because they brought Oromiyan from Uhe (IIe Ife). These Edion more or less treated the monarchy as primus inter pares.

Things Visitors Are Forbidden To Do At Oba Of Benin Palace

The royal house of Benin is one of the most famous in Africa and the world at large. Yearly, tourists and visitors troop to the ancient city located in Edo state, Nigeria to see the palace which holds the rich history of ancient royalty.

Although not all are granted audience with the Oba – Omo N’Oba N’Edo, quite a number of people is allowed to tour specific areas of the Palace. While paying a visit, it is important to check with your tour guide for regulations which govern movements around the palace.

However, if you are set to visit Benin City in a bid to tour the Oba’s Palace alone, visitors are encouraged not to do the following; at the Oba’s palace; Pointing. Whistling: Open umbrella during festivals, Black apparel: No male visitor of any kind is allowed near the royal harem.The royal harem includes the queen as well as other wives and concubines belonging to the Oba.