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Today we want to spotlight some hidden treasures across the country that deserve some accolades.
- Rolling Hills – Nigeria is blessed with lush rolling hills in different states. Some have been dubbed UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa state. In the North, there are also amazing hills in Plateau, Benue, and Bauchi state. In the south, we have Okigwe Rolling Hills in Imo State. We also have amazing rock views in Edo North, Ondo, Abuja, Cross River, Taraba, and the Enugu States.
- Waterfalls – Blessed with savannahs, freshwater swamps, montane, and rainforest vegetation, Nigeria is home to lots of waterfalls. Most are still being discovered. The priceless ones are Agbokim waterfalls in Cross River State that create a rainbow, the Matsirga waterfalls in Kaduna State that drop into a gorge, Owu waterfall in Kwara, Ugba Ukwu/Owere Ezukala in Anambra State, Osome in Kogi State, etc.
- Sand Dunes – Looking for desert plains? Nigeria has a bit of the Sahara running through her. You can see it in states like Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states. Though it is said we do not have deserts, you can enjoy picturesque views of one from the Yusufari Sand Dunes in Yobe State.
- Warm Springs/Crystal Clear waters – There are some naturally occurring bodies of water in Nigeria that are super crystal clear. These transparent waters include River Ethiope in Delta State, Azumini Blue River in Abia State, and Wiki Warm Springs at Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi. Speaking of warm springs in the country. Such as Ikogosi warm spring in Ekiti State, Okikpe Springs in Edo State, Akiri hot springs & Awe warm saline springs in Adamawa.
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Honorary MentionsThese are not natural resources but are worthy of your time and attention as a tourist. They include.
- Tropical Fruits – Nigeria is not immediately thought of as a tropical country. But we have some tropical fruits that grow here like Mangos, Pawpaw, local apples/strawberries, Agbalumo, Soursop, etc. We had to throw this in for our foodies.
- Crushed rock – Since Mpape Crush rock trended in Nigeria, people began searching out other similar sites. Now we have Nkalagu Crushed Rock, in Ebonyi State besides Ushafa Crushed Rock, Bwari in Abuja.
- Arts and Crafts Markets – Thanks to the Benin Invasion, Nigeria’s artwork is internationally known. But to see the latest artworks by this generation of craftsmen, you’ll have to visit the various arts and crafts markets in Nigeria. First on the list is the Benin bronze and brass crafts market at Igun-Eronmwon quarters in Benin City, Edo State. There are also art and craft markets in Lekki, Abuja, Jos, and any major city in the country. We also have pottery villages like Bwari Pottery village and tie & dye markets like Kemta Adire Market in Ogun state.
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