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  Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, and I believe that it will be amazing to set yourself up for outdoor adventures this season. Instead of the usual dinner dates, consider embracing nature with your loved one for a memorable Valentine’s Day. In this article are seven outdoor adventures in Nigeria that promise to make your day full of love, laughter, and unforgettable moments.
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  1. Picnic in the Park

Pack a basket with your favourite snacks, and a cosy blanket, and head to a local park. Parks like Jabi Lake Park in Abuja or Lufasi Nature Park in Lagos offer serene surroundings, perfect for a quiet picnic. Enjoy the fresh air, listen to the birds chirping, and bask in each other’s company amidst the lush greenery.
  1. Hiking Trails for Two

Nigeria is dotted with beautiful hiking trails that are perfect for couples seeking an adventurous Valentine’s Day. Consider exploring the Aso Rock in Abuja or the Erin Ijesha Waterfall in Osun State. The combination of nature and physical activity will not only strengthen your bond but also create lasting memories.
  1. Boat Ride Romance

For a more tranquil experience, indulge in a romantic boat ride. Lagos Lagoon or the Oguta Lake in Imo are excellent options. Drift along the water, enjoy the scenic views, and let the gentle waves set the mood for a heartfelt conversation with your loved one.
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  1. Beach Bliss

Nigeria boasts stunning beaches that provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Tarkwa Bay in Lagos, Elegushi Beach, or the breathtaking Ibeno Beach in Akwa Ibom offer sun-kissed shores for a day of relaxation, beach games, and perhaps a memorable sunset stroll.
  1. Nature Reserves Retreat

Escape the hustle and bustle by spending Valentine’s Day in one of Nigeria’s nature reserves. A visit to Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi or Cross River National Park promises encounters with wildlife, nature walks, and a peaceful atmosphere that allows you to connect and the environment.
  1. Waterfall Wonders

Explore the enchanting waterfalls of Nigeria for a romantic and awe-inspiring Valentine’s Day. A visit to Gurara Falls in Niger State or the Farin Ruwa Waterfall in Nasarawa offers the chance to marvel at the beauty of cascading water, creating a magical setting for your special day.
  1. Cave Exploration for Two

Explore the mysterious world of caves with your loved one. Ogbunike Caves in Anambra or Awhum Waterfall and Cave in Enugu provide a unique and intimate setting. Navigate through the cool, dimly lit chambers and experience the thrill of discovery together, creating a bond that goes beyond the surface.
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Final Thoughts

This Valentine’s Day, step away from the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary with these outdoor adventures in Nigeria. From picnics in the park to cave exploration, these experiences offer the perfect blend of nature, adventure, and romance. Make your day special by immersing yourselves in the beauty of Nigeria’s outdoor treasures, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
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This article was first published on 12th February 2024 and updated on February 19th, 2024 at 10:00 am


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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