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24 Jun 2020

Top 5 Best Tourist Attractions In Nigeria



Nigeria as a country is blessed with so many natural tourist attractions with the potentials for a huge tourist market. 
From the long stretches of incredibly exotic beaches, to the lush mountains, the impressive waterfalls, some incredible traditional and cultural festivals and carnivals too.

However, all these have remained mostly untapped by successive governments both at central and state levels. 
 
In fact, with the exception of Cross-River State, most state governments seemingly remain less attracted to the idea of fully developing the tourism potentials of their respective states.

It might be because of the fact that the federal government gives monthly handouts (in the name of allocation) to states in Nigeria, instead of practicing true federalism, where every state would be encouraged to pursue its businesses where it has competitive advantage.

For instance, a place like the popular Tarkwa Bay in Lagos, should have been developed into some sort of Ibiza (in Spain) or something even better.

In the face of all these challenges and negligence of the sector, some few tourist attractions and Festivals still proudly stand out in Nigeria today.

So, in this article, we are going to check them out... let's go now;

1. Obudu Mountain Resort

Obudu Mountain Resort (Picture Credit: Google)

The Obudu Mountain Resort, formally called Obudu Cattle Ranch, is a serene and natural beauty, atop the Obudu Mountain, in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross-River State.

It is arguably one of the most popular destinations for those who could not afford or do not want to travel abroad for their honeymoon, but who still want to have a classy and memorable honeymoon all the same.

The place is an exquisite marriage of nature and state of the art luxury resort. being atop a mountain, the weather is typically very cool, and almost feels like you are in early winter in Europe (for most time of the year)

Meetings and retreats are frequently held there by top managements and leadership of important organisations.

Also, foreigners who have heard of its serene beauty have also contributed to its regular visitors count.


2. Abuja Millennium Park

Millennium Park Abuja (Picture credit: Hotels.ng)

The Millennium park, located in Maitama District of Abuja is a very popular park.
It was innugrated by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth 11 of the United Kingdom in 2003.

It was also said  that, all the leaders of The Commonwealth Nations at that time, planted a Ravenala Madagascariensis Palm to kick off that project.

Millennium Park Abuja (Picture credit: Hotels.ng)

A river crosses the park, dividing it into two
Here you can connect with nature, do bird watching, have family or friends picnics. 

3. Lekki Conservation Center

Lekki conservation center canopy walkway (Pic Credit: LocalGuidesConnect.com)


The Lekki Conservation center is a 78 hectare project located in Lekki, Lagos state, and it was established in 1990 to serve as a biodiversity icon and environment education center.

The Project is owned and managed by Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), but was built and still funded annually by Chevron corporation.

Here you get to see different species of plants, and you also spot different species of animals right in their natural habitat, unlike the experience of a zoo.
If you are a nature or animal lover, you will definitely enjoy it here.

To notch up the experience and the fun, there's an elevated canopy walkway, which gives visitors an advantage of easily observing animals right in there natural abode.

There's also an open place where families and/or friends can have meals and enjoys themselves in a picnic style.

As at the time I last checked, it costs NGN1000 as gate fee for adults, and an additional NGN1000, if you want to take the canopy walkway.
 The entrance gate to the center is just opposite Chevron headquarters on the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Lagos.

4. Tinapa Business Resort Calabar

Tinapa Lakeside Hotel Calabar (Picture Credit: NiteStay.com)

Located by the magnificent Calabar River, the Tinapa Business Resort is a part of the Calabar Free Trade zone.

This project was conceptualized by the former governor of Cross-River State, Donald Duke, and it was said to be modeled in the shape/Spirit of a Dubai. 

It was constructed in early to mid 2000's, and it's such a beauty to behold. 
I can recall that sometime around then, my school went on an excursion to the Tinapa Resort.

However, despite the most wonderful intentions of the original planners of this incredible place, the Tinapa has largely failed to lived up to it's potentials, which was the dreams of its founders.

5.  The Calabar Carnival

The Calabar Carnival (Picture Credit: nomadafricamag.com)

I know that to some people, the idea of tourist attraction might seem more like places alone rather than events or festivals too.

However, whatever can attract a lot of people to 'tour' to a place, to witness it live, is a tourist attraction.

So, haven said that, I think that the Calabar Carnival is the biggest tourist attraction in Nigeria today. 

Besides the residents of Calabar, several thousands of people travel from other parts of Cross-River, from outside Cross-River and from outside Nigeria, just to witness the carnival and join the revellers. 

I remember this particular year that I first planed on traveling to Calabar for the carnival. I was naive about how demand and supply affect flights' tickets. 
So, just a week to the carnival, I decided to book a flight to Calabar. Lo and behold, none of the Airlines had any space left for in-bound flights to Calabar till the first week of January.
In fact, I was told that, as of two (2) weeks before then, that all flights' tickets for scheduled flight to Calabar were already snapped up by would be travelers.


Conclusion

As we all know, tourism has the potential to rival oil money, as we are currently seeing  in Dubai, and be huge foreign exchange earners as in the USA, the UK, France, etc.

However, Nigeria has mostly paid lip service to the occasional promises of successive governments about developing and expanding Nigeria's tourism potentials and appeals.

As you may have noticed with the few examples above, it is not due to lack of where to begin, because god has already blessed us with a whole lot of Natural attractions to develop, like The Tarkwa Bay, The Ibeno Beach, The Obudu Mountain, The Zuma Rock, etc., and countless Cultural Festivals too.

When I was young, my father loved to talk about the Yankari Game Reserve in the North, but where is it today? is it still well maintained as before? Your guess is as good as mine. Many other African Countries like South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, etc., are cashing out big on these things our various Governments love to neglect.

Tourism is really about Identification, Development and Marketing.
Where there's not enough identified, then, the government can Create some artificial ones. Example, the Eiffel Tower. Many people visit Paris, just to see the Eiffel tower.

I think, in my next post, I will write about the Popular cultural Festivals in Nigeria, which our leaders can develop further and Market.

If you enjoyed this, I would love to hear from you. 
Which one do you love most? Have you visited any of them? 
Please, do let me know what you think via the comment box.





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