Nigeria is a country full of immense beauty. With our natural habit having always been to venture outside to seek new and exciting experiences, it is easy to forget that within our borders, we have so many sights to behold and places to explore. A great starting point for any willing explorer who wants to get a sense of our nation’s rich past is northern Nigeria. With the aid of the Editors at TheLuxeDigest.com, Africa’s premiere luxury content provider, we will discover some of northern Nigeria’s most iconic sites that should pique all interests enough to plan a trip soon.
BAUCHI EMIRATE PALACE, BAUCHI STATE
Traditional rulers are prominent all over Nigeria, and they go back centuries. As a result of this, in the North, there are many palaces, which have been preserved and maintained as both historical and residential sites. The grand Bauchi Emirate Palace was designed by 19th century legendary architect, Babban Gwani, and is the residence of the Emir of Bauchi. The palace is open for tours and is very well-secured.
FIFTH CHUKKER KADUNA KADUNA STATE
The sport of kings is one of the most beloved in northern Nigeria. Fifth Chukker is a 3000-hectare polo & lifestyle resort that bridges the gap between the old world of Nigerian Polo and the new world.
GASHAKA-GUMTI NATIONAL PARK TARABA STATE
Covering about 6600sq/km, Gashaka Gumti is Nigeria’s largest national park. It has a rich and exotic assemblage of wildlife thanks in part to its strategic location between the wet Cameroonian Highlands and the dry Sub-Saharan Guinea Savannah. There are no roadways across the very remote region and only a few lonely footpaths wind through the forested mountains towards Cameroon. You will enjoy the lush highlands and quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of town.
THE IRON OF LIBERTY LOKOJA, KOGI STATE
In the 19th century, slave trade saw many tribes across the regions losing their people to slavery. In 1860, many of these slaves were freed by British anti-slavery crusaders in Lokoja. The town’s strategic location at the bank of the River Niger made it an important centre for slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Iron of Liberty is located in the compound of the first primary school in northern Nigeria and is marked with two iron poles.
JOS MUSEUM JOS, PLATEAU STATE
This iconic museum was established in 1952 by world renowned British archaeologist and Museum curator Bernard Fagg. It was originally the National Museum and is an important research centre into the pre-historic culture of Nigeria. It boasts a pottery hall, Nok terracotta heads and the museum of traditional Nigerian architecture.
GIDAN MAKAMA MUSEUM KOFAR DAN AGUDI, KANO STATE
Located in a 15th-century historical building, which has been recognised as a national monument by the Nigerian government, this building once served as the temporary palace of the Emir of Kano. The museum is home to a significant collection of arts, crafts and items of historic interest related to the Kano area. Galleries include the Zaure or the main entrance hall with displays of traditional materials, city walls an maps of Kano, the history of statehood, Kano in the 19th century, the Civil War, economy, industry and music.
LORD LUGARD REST HOUSE, MOUNT PATTI, LOKOJA, KOGI STATE
Lord Lugard was the Governor of Nigeria at the point of its amalgamation. Then divided into protectorates, he took keen interest in the Northern Protectorate where Mount Patti was located. As a result, he built a rest house on its peak for relaxation and the viewing pleasure of the sprawling town as all its sites could be seen from the top of the plateau. Today, the rest house welcomes adventurous travellers wishing to climb the plateau and gasp at the wonder and storied past of the area.
THE MAMBILLA PLATEAU TEA FACTORY, KAKARA VILLAGE, TARABA STATE
Abandoned for 20 years, this tea plantation resumed production two years ago when Governor Dickson Ishaku revived the hydro-powered dam which supplied electricity to the area. Visitors get to enjoy “highland tea”, as it is called by locals, while taking in the magnificent beauty of the Mambilla Plateau.
EBIRA PALACE OKENE, KOGI STATE
This magnificent palace was once home to the late Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Alhaji Ibrahim Atta, traditional ruler of the region between 1917 and 1954.
It is an imposing edifice that combined ancient and modern architectural designs that were way before their time on the continent. Now a museum open to the public, the palace has become one of the major tourist attractions in Okene.
PORTO GOLF RESORT, KANO STATE
There is almost nothing as relaxing as a day of golfing on the well-kept course of this beautiful resort. It offers scenic views of Kano state with lush greenery and a calming lake around it. The park melds the beauty of nature with modernity, making it a perfect spot to rest with friends and family.
Text by Noble Ezeala
Images curated by Aziza Balogun
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