Hey beautiful people,

I hope you are enjoying the series on my visit to Nigeria so far. The feedback has been great, please keep them coming! In today’s post, I will be sharing about the tourist locations I visited. These were part of the ‘to-do list’ I spoke about in the previous post.

The first location I visited was the Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, a city in Ogun State and it was a unique experience. It was historically found by the Egba people who originally lived in the city of Abeokuta (meaning under the rock), they found refuge at the Olumo rock during the inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock acted as a sanctuary for these people and also allowed the people to know when the enemies approached during the times of war.

The site was  renovated in 2006, an elevator was built in but it was broken and looked irreparable when I arrived at the site! This unfortunately means  Olumo Rock is not accessible to everyone such as wheelchair users or anyone with a disability that impairs their movement. I thought this was a downside to the whole experience as it should be a place that everyone can access regardless of their circumstance. A water fountain and a museum were also a  part of the renovations which was another historical element and equally pleasing to the eye. In the museum was a collection of African jewellery, furniture, some interesting objects, paintings, drawings and photographs that were all so beautiful.

*This particular piece caught my attention!

Travel Tips

  • Get a tour guide. I did not because I was with my cousins and a friend, they had enough knowledge to keep me informed. But if I were to go again, I would get a tour guide  for the experience.
  • The tour guides don’t charge but you can give them tips. We tipped the young boys who helped us while climbing the rock because it  felt like the right thing to do. 
  • Gate fee was N2,000, this converts to 4.84 euros which is great. The only other financial aspect you need to consider is your means of transportation and food. We got the car and filled it with petrol and that was it. In total, the entire trip should not be more than N10,000 which is still great as its 24.20 euros.
  • Bring water, you’ll need it while climbing the rocks!

*we were so tired at this point, I’m not sure if you can see sweat pouring down my face while I fake a smile for the camera

 I forgot to mention how proud I am of myself for making it to the top of the rock! 


Lekki Arts and Crafts Market

I also visited the Lekki Arts and Craft Market. It was a brief visit but the market had so much more to offer !  On arriving at the market, we walked around looking through the stalls. My goal was to get a nice African themed picture  so we searched around the market for a stall with the best props and a seller that would agree with our bargain. There was close to 60 stores and probably even more but I have to say it was the most organised market I have ever been to! The only disadvantage to this touristic attraction was the location, the beauty and the gem it had to offer was not recognised.

When we found the right seller, I bought 5 waist bead (you guys know I have an obsession for waist beads) and I got acessories to match with my head wraps. I got lots of great shots! Would you agree with the pictures down below?

Sassy Funke had a whole post dedicated to the craft market, click here to read more on it. The pictures were also a part of her blog post.

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Lekki Conservative Center  

After the Arts Craft Market we headed to the Lekki conservation center-LCC , a nature park. The LCC is a special interest to the Lagos State Government and is listed as one of the most preserved, protected restoration of historical properties and also a huge tourist attraction filled with high species of richness.  The location is set to preserve biodiversity, scenic, natural, scientific and recreational values of the coastal environment in the south-western part of Nigeria. If you love nature and outdoor walks, then you’ll love the LCC. I had so much fun and took way too many pictures to even share, also got a few mosquito bites!

 

Travel tip

  • Gate fee was N2,000 which includes the canopy walk. The canopy walk is quite scary especially if you don’t like heights but it’s what makes the whole experience so do make sure you stick through it and face your fears!
  • I wore slippers, bad idea! I can’t tell you how many times I slipped or nearly fell. It became ridiculous, save yourself the hassle and wear runners or comfortable shoes.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with a good camera to capture the moments. I am beyond grateful I had a good phone going to Nigeria because I don’t know how I would have captured the entire experience. I really was not keen on bringing my camera for so many reasons and safety being major.
  • Make sure you go with people or at least someone who is not scared of heights and the more the merrier. The whole experience was made by my cousins who I am grateful for cause most of them had been to LCC already. I could not have picked better people to go on this trip with, it was actually one of the highlights of my entire trip!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my experience on being a tourist in my own country. The three tourist locations I visited I would definitely recommend however, it is something you must experience for yourself to fully understand how unique the experiences were! If you want to see more videos on the trip, it’s all in my highlight on instagram.

Let me know which location you think you’d enjoy most.

See you soon,

 Florence

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