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A Guide To Hiking In Nigeria: What To Bring And Where To Go

By Adebayo Mayowa Blades 19 May 2018   |   9:00 am

Nigeria is blessed with a lot of beautiful, natural landscapes, making it the perfect place to explore and hike around. Whether under a cool shelter of trees in the forest, on a golden hillside in fall, or a tall ridge on top of a waterfall, a wide variety of nature trails provide locations for leisurely strolls or strenuous mountain climbs.

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Exploring places you can only get to by foot is a good way to burn fat and get your body in good shape. There are plenty of trails to enjoy but, to fully enjoy your hike, there are some things you should have.

So what makes hiking in Nigeria different? Firstly, most hiking sites in Nigeria don’t have trails marked out or hiking directions. So, to hike, always have a tour guide or a local to show you around.

Our comprehensive backpacking checklist is your tried-and-true guide to packing smart for hiking trips in Nigeria.

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What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes: You need light shoes like sneakers that are easy to move and run in.
  • Comfortable clothing: Wear a light and comfortable t-shirt with trousers.
  • Insect repellent: Apply to skin, clothing or other surfaces to discourage insects like mosquitoes and soldier ants rampant in dense forests.
  • Camera: What better way to capture those wonderful hiking memories than with a camera?
  • Sunscreen: This offers essential protection from the sun rays.
  • Power bank: There will be nowhere to charge your phone, so take a fully-charged one along.
  • Water bottle and snack pack: This is for when you get dehydrated and hungry.
  • A good mood: Go hiking with lots of smiles and laughter.

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Where to go

We’ve compiled a list of amazing hikes to do at hills and waterfalls around Nigeria.

Hills

  • Udi Hills, Enugu
  • Sobi Hill, Kwara
  • Obangogo Hills, Kogi
  • Kufena Hill, Kaduna
  • Milliken Hill, Enugu
  • Kajuru Hills, Kaduna
  • Oke Maria Hill, Ondo
  • Rolling Hills of Okigwe, Imo
  • Shere Hills, Jos
  • Three Sisters Hill, Adamawa
  • Dalla Hill, Kano
  • Mbula Hills, Bauchi
  • Ososo Hills, Edo
  • Katampe Hills, FCT
  • Mpape Hills, FCT
  • Tula Highlands/Hill, Gombe
  • Dawaki Hills, FCT
  • Tangale Dome Shaped Rock/Hill, Gombe
  • Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
  • Igbeti Hills, Oyo
  • Mount Patti, Lokoja
  • Oke Ado Mountain, Oyo
  • Mambilla Mountain, Taraba
  • Kotokorshi Hills, Zamfara
  • Akogba Hills, Kogi
  • Hill in OAU, Ife, Osun
  • Bosso Hills, Minna
  • Dumi Hills, Bauchi

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Waterfalls

  • Erin Ijesha Waterfall, Osun
  • Gurara Waterfalls, Niger
  • Farin Ruwa Waterfall, Nasarawa
  • Arinta Waterfalls, Ekiti
  • Assop Waterfalls, Jos
  • Awhum Waterfalls, Enugu
  • Obudu Waterfalls, Cross River
  • Kwa Waterfalls, Cross River
  • Ezeagu Waterfall, Enugu
  • Agbokim Waterfalls, Cross River
  • Ngwo Waterfall, Enugu
  • Owu Falls, Kwara
  • Matsirga Waterfalls, Kaduna
  • Ogba-Ukwu Waterfalls, Anambra
  • Oferekpe Waterfalls, Ebonyi
  • Ipole-Iloro Waterfalls, Ekiti
  • Osome Falls, Kogi
  • Kura Falls, Plateau
  • Mambilla Waterfalls, Taraba
  • Barup Waterfalls, Taraba
  • Jaffy Waterfalls, Borno

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