[Updated 12 July 2021]
Vacation is a special bonding time for most families, the connections and memories formed during such family adventures make for stories that will last for generations. Children also learn a lot from visiting new environments and interacting with people from different backgrounds.
Here are a few of the most beautiful places in Nigeria to take the family:
1. Obudu Mountain Resort
If you are a tourist looking for adventure and tranquillity, Obudu Mountain Resort is for you. Known as Africa’s finest and one of the most beautiful places in Nigeria, the resort is located in the highlands and deep tropical forests of Cross River State. Enjoy the cable cars, canopy walkways and so much more with your family.
2. Yankari Game Reserve
One beautiful place in Nigeria to take the family is Yankari Game Reserve. Located in Bauchi State, the resort is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as the remaining elephants and lions in Nigeria. Be sure to take a dive in the crystal clear warm springs, get a view of some wildlife, and your family vacation is set to be a memorable one.
3. Ikogosi Warm Springs
A list of beautiful places in Nigeria is incomplete without Ikogosi Warm Springs, one of Nigeria’s major tourist attractions. It’s a must to experience the natural wonder of two springs meeting while maintaining their individual temperatures. Put on your hiking shoes and get your camera ready for an amazing adventure.
4. Idanre Hills
Idanre Hills is located in an ancient city set upon a hill in the city of Idanre Akure, Ondo State. Ensure you take the 682 steps it takes to get to the top of the hill and bask in the beautiful landscape of the city with your family.
5. Olumo Rock
Olumo rock is a massive outcrop of granite rocks. The rock is a historical monument that served as shelter for the locals during intercity wars. If the kids aren’t up for a hike up the rock, there are elevators available so they can still have a look at this beautiful place in Nigeria.
6. Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls
Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls is a collection of seven cascades that pour over a cliff, creating an impressive seven-part waterfall. Each part forms seven different levels with each level giving a whole new experience. With that said, Erin-Ijesha waterfall is definitely a beautiful place in Nigeria to bring the family for a day out of the city.
7. Zuma Rock
Zuma Rock is a large monolith near Abuja. Sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to Abuja from Suleja”, Zuma rock is a large natural monolith located immediately west of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Be sure to go along with an experienced hiker when visiting this beautiful place in Nigeria.
8. Lekki Conservation Centre
If you’re an animal-loving family, Lekki Conservation Centre is the perfect place for you to visit. Take a walk down the longest canopy walkway in Africa, get a view of the birds, monkeys, and some endangered species in the reserve.
9. Mpape Crushed Rock
Mpape Crushed Rock is an abandoned quarry in Abuja. This beautiful place in Nigeria is such a picturesque location, perfect for a picnic with the family, a photoshoot, or a refreshing hike. Pack a basket, put on some comfortable shoes, and head over to this scenic wonder.
10. Awhum Waterfalls
The Awhum Waterfall is formed out of a massive outcrop of granite rock with water flowing at the top, forming a stream. The best time to visit is during the rainy season so be sure to pack comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to get a little wet as you explore this beautiful place in Nigeria.
Can you recommend any other beautiful places in Nigeria to have a family vacation? Tell us in the comments below.
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46 thoughts on “The Most Beautiful Places in Nigeria to Take the Family”
Many thanks for these beautiful nature tour…Nigeria is really blessed…
Please leave your comment… This is incredible. Obudu Catle Ranch is my main target to spend my longest holiday, and i will also visit one of the best UNESCO recognised tourist centre, Osun Osogbo groove. It wondered me why you did not include Osun Groove. 9ija 4 lyf! ‘YARZ BABA’
Beautiful places how do I get to one these places
By getting to one of the places!
Great write-up and many thanks for sharing.
I can add quite a number of other vacation sites to your rich list:
1. Marina Resort, Calabar – Comprising of circus ring horse ride, an audio-visual Slave Trade Museum, a cinema, outdoor bar and live band, jet ski rides and boatrides on the Calabar River creek (across town to Tinapa Resort)
2. CERCOPAN (Located Off M/Mohammed Way also in Calabar. Is a haven for rare and estranged species of monkeys and apes. You can see some of the less than 100 specie of blue bottom monkey on earth, etc
3. The Osun Grooves and Shrine in Osogbo, Osun State
4. Miccom Resort and Golf Course in Ada, Osun State. Its about 35 minutes drive from the state capital Osogbo.
5. Nike Lake, Enugu Enugu State
6. Songhai Farms; Located in Bori, Rivers State
7. Ibom Meridien Golf Hotel and Resort, located in Uyo Akwa Ibom State
8. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State. It was voted one of the best 25 Estates of all categories on earth in 1992. Places of interest include;
– Asa Dam (It also has an industrial scale water treatment plant that serves the campus population
– Natural History Museum
– The Zoological Garden
– The Institute of African Studies
– The Theatre Arts Dept with its famous ”Pit Theatre”
– Numerous architectural masterpieces like the 3000 Seater Amphitheatre, Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Faculties of Administration, Law and Social Sciences, Civil Engineering Block, a.k.a ‘Spider Building’ and many more
I gotta go now, will like to contribute regularly anyway.
Am so excited about the roll out of family vacation destination and holiday fun places to visit and i really want us to use this information as the only tool for us to sell the Nigeria Brand to the outside world.
This information will really be nice to have it on the nations website and the tourism board should run with it.may i also suggest that the zoological garden at the university of Ibadan as well as the Lagos bar beach be listed among this destination places.
We really need to sell our country with what we have so that it will eventually be the desired destination for the whole world to visit and spend their money and we can finally have income elsewhere fossil fuel.
This are good places but try and also include Saminaka Holiday Resort with the following view
Olympic pool, golf course, beach club, V.I.P club, world club, fish pond, cattle farm, poultry, mini zoo view, chopper ground. with children playing ground with over 20 horses and over 290 room.
with Greenland cover. basketball coat, gym, and long tennis coat.
Owu water fall @ kwara state isn’t a place to think of going @ d moment bcos d facility dre is realy poor, it is jus like an abandoned résort centre, realy realy far from d road.
why is whispering palms Badagry not on the list?
Hi! please help us by putting the names of the states were this places are located. thanks!
Gurara water falls Suleija Minna Road, ….Awesome place but no accommodation…you got to plan a day’s trip from kaduna, Minna or Abuja Gwagwalada
You did not add Whispering Palm Iworo Ajido badagry Lagos and La capine tropicana you can visit the place to get a view. Its a place to visit
Great writing. But you didn’t include University of Ibadan it is the oldest in the country and o it has one of the most maintained facilities, beyond that, the Zoo there is very great having many species of animals I was there recently with my family. Last August precisely.
Nice article, but you forgot to include Gembu (Mambilla plateau ) in Taraba state! It’s one destination I suggest for every family I’m Nigeria to visit. Do your research on it!
This is great. You are doing a great service by giving us valuable information about beautiful places we can visit in our country.. Thank you so much! I will start off with Idanre hills today!
Just to remind you about Osun groove in osogbo
Interesting piece, can’t wait to start moving around. Thanks a lot for this.
Hmmmm! Am thrill by the list. I’ll also suggest you take a trip to Akoko Edo too. So many mountainous site to behold. In Igarra,Somorika and Ososo hills and carnivals during the yule season. You can spend the night in some of the 2 and 3 stars hotels springing up around town.
Many thanks to u.. Love this post
Really have a lot of places to visit
Thank you for this. Well done.
Thanks so much for this rich list. Been planning for a while to do the cheap and cheery and take my children on a tour of Nigeria rather than the usual UK/US trips where all you do is sit in, eat, sleep or shop. Let them see the sights and sounds of Nigeria and the magnificent beauty therein. These are great ideas and I think we’ll do Lekki Conservation Center, Olumo Rock and IITA this long vacation and do Tinapa/Obudu in December.
However, please include on your list the following: Assop Falls, Plateau State, Rayfield Resorts, Jos and Abraka River Resort, Delta State.
yes , you are doing great work
Ogbunike cave was a huge experience for me. Highly recommended. Do add it in your reviewed list. Great job.
Good job! I’m so impressed by this great compilation. Well done! I know this great country has a lot to offer but to see it spelled out like this just wows me.
Please leave your comment…it’s a theme park in the heart of Ibeju-Lekki Lagos, featuring a world class zoo, amusement park, seaworld, go karting quad biking, archery and a whole lot of our door fun. it’s a gr8 place for a family getaway, or team bonding with your colleagues….
@olabisi Falase, what is the name of the theme park in the heart of Ibeju Lekki that you described?
Great places to bond with the family… There is a new place as well, Eliesy fun house located at km 4 and 5 Ilesha-benin expressway, between mania and nnpc mega station, akure, Ondo state. Its indoors and available all year round with go karts, simulation games etc..
Please add Whispering Palms in Badagry to the list its really a great and wonderful place to visit.TRhis is really a nice job done to have allthese amazing parks on a page ,guys kudos to you.Will try tinapa and Lekki Conservation center next yr with my family.Thanks for this beautiful piece.
Nigeria is truly blessed…with all these wonderful tourist attractions across its landscape.A purposeful collaboration with private investors will see most states boosting their IGR through this avenue while also promoting in- country tourism amongst the Nigerian populace. Please add to your list the newly upgraded Agodi Garden in Ibadan ,Oyo State.
OMU Resort, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State
The place i love most of all is Lacapane tropicana
I love the way you represent all the locations. I also did a youtube video of tourist destinations in Nigeria
Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am bookmarking your feeds also
Wow… I most confess, these places are lovely and cool. I wish to see the world someday and I am glad I came across this post today and got information about cool and great places to visit. You just provided me with some cool ideas, You’re Awesome. Thank you and I am happy I saw this post.
On my vacation list this year is Obudu Cattle Ranch, Calabar. I love this place and i want to spend sometime there with my family
Great article i most say. i never knew my country is bless like this.
Wow, Nice Place
nice to read about something that I love for once, I really loved that show
Valuable information. Fortunate me I discovered your website by chance, and I’m shocked why this twist of fate did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.
My experience at Ogbunike Cave was eerie, at the least. Feels like I travelled in time.
I really like a lots of place to visit with my family for vacation. place like Lagos, Abuja Enugu and Cross River. Thanks for this your post
I am amazed over this nice information. I definitely love this blog site. I hope to read more from you someday again.
Who says you can’t get that much fun here in Nigeria! We have our own Dubai, Mauritius, Victoria Falls, and many more exciting action attractions in various parts of the country…
Travel, explore, live!
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