Tourist Attractions You Might Love to Visit in Northern Nigeria –In Nigeria, there are numerous attractive sites to visit, including recreation centers, museums, rocks, zoo plateaus, islands, and mountains. Where Nigerians and visitors can unwind and enjoy the natural beauty of the country. Many people are familiar with most of the tourist attractions in Southern Nigeria, but few are familiar with the magnificent sites to visit in the country’s north.
In this essay, I’ll take you to some of the areas in Northern Nigeria that you may not be aware of.
Tourist Attractions You Might Love to Visit in Northern Nigeria
1. Matsirga Waterfalls.
From the springs on Kagoro hills, which cascade from four separate hollows of about 25 meters of rock cliff to form a large pool at its bottom, the waterfall has its source.
The Matsirga waterfalls are located in Batadon, a tiny village in the Fantswam chiefdom region of Advwan in the southern Kaduna state of Kafanchan, approximately 227 kilometers (141 miles) south of Kaduna. The waterfall cascades down from a 30-meter-high cliff into a rocky canyon. Matsirga waterfalls plunge down the face of steep rock via four natural funnels. It stands 30 meters tall and plunges into a big tumble pool at the bottom. The river that feeds the falls is referred to as “the River Wonderful” by locals. The surrounding area of the Matsirga waterfalls has been described as having “exceptional natural beauty that is both calm and breathtakingly gorgeous.”
2. Shere Hills, Jos.
The Shere Hills are a collection of undulating hills and rock formations located on the Jos Plateau, about 10 kilometers east of Jos metropolis, the capital of Plateau State in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.
The Shere Hills have various high peaks, with the highest peak reaching an altitude of about 1,829 meters or 6,001 feet above sea level, the Shere Hills are the highest point of the Jos Plateau and form the third highest point in Nigeria after Chappal Waddi on the Mambilla Plateau averaging about 2,419 meters or 7,936 feet above sea level and on the Shebshi Mountains Mount Dimlang (Vogel peak)
3. Gurara Waterfalls, Niger.
The Gurara Waterfalls are a local government area in Gurara, Niger State, North Central Nigeria. The Gurara River’s waterfalls are around 30 meters high and are located along the Suleja-Minna Road.
According to oral tradition, Gurara Waterfalls was discovered by a Gwari hunter named Buba in 1745 and remained unknown until 1925, when it was recognized as a leisure center by some Europeans. Prior to the discovery of the waterfalls by Europeans, people living in the surrounding communities held it in high regard. According to legend, the Gurara Waterfalls and the Gurara River were named after two deities named Gura and Rara.
Given Nigeria’s turbulent history, Gurara Waterfalls is one of the most popular tourist destinations. There have recently been plans to turn it into a resort, complete with a fitness facility and a seven-star hotel.
4. Mambilla Plateau, Taraba.
The Mambilla Plateau is a plateau in Nigeria’s Taraba State. The plateau is the northern extension of Cameroon’s Bamenda Highlands, which run from Nigeria to Cameroon.
The Mambilla Plateau is Nigeria’s highest plateau, with an average elevation above sea level of roughly 1,600 meters (5,249 feet). Some of the communities are built on hills that must be at least 1,828 meters (5,997 feet) high above sea level.
On the plateau and around it, some mountains are over 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) tall, such as the Chappal Waddi (also known as Gang) peak, which stands at an average height of 2,419 meters (7,936 feet) above sea level. When Cameroon’s mountains, such as Mount Cameroon, are excluded, it becomes Nigeria’s and West Africa’s highest mountain.
The Mambilla Plateau stretches for 96 kilometers (60 miles), is 40 kilometers (25 miles) wide, and is surrounded in some areas by a 900-meter (2,953-foot) high escarpment. The plateau is surrounded by a 9,389-square-kilometer zone (3,625 sq mi). Gang (‘Chappal Waddi’) is located on the Plateau’s northeastern edge.
The Mambilla Plateau is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria’s Taraba State, just north of the cradle of Bantu-speaking peoples (Zeitlyn & Connell, 2003; Griffith, 2007; Martin, 2009), and has been continuously occupied for more than four millennia by a developing Mambillobantu community (the former Mambilla District founded in January 1940, which became known as the Kingdom of Nigeria).
5. Zuma Rock.
Zuma Rock, located in Niger State, Nigeria, is a massive natural monolith made up of gabbro and granodiorite. It is located near Madala on the main route from Abuja to Kaduna, immediately west of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and is known as the ‘Gateway to Abuja from Suleja.’ Zuma Rock towers over its surroundings by about 300 meters (980 ft). Zuma Rock is portrayed on the 100 naira coin. It was used by the Gbagyi people as a defensive retreat from approaching neighboring tribes during inter-tribal conflict.
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