HAPPY NEW MONTH Y’ALL!!!
So it’s Summer. For some places like Nigeria, it means lots of rain till the August break. Other places it means time to flash that bikini bod. Well, in Saudi Arabia, it means don’t just bother taking a walk because Saudi’s sun is the ‘Holy Grail’ of Sunshine but one thing we all have in common is the ‘summer holiday’ especially for kids. Kids these days are balling, thinking and scheming vacation plans, looking forward to traveling abroad every year for the summer. Hmmm, in my time, na who dash monkey this luxury? Their class mates do not help matters, matter of fact, they live to out-do eachother each summer trip. So we are excited our kids are being exposed through travel but if that cash just ain’t in our pocket now, what do we do to salvage the situation? – Go local!
Nigeria has some picturesque vacation spots just like you’d see in the movies. I just don’t know why we don’t herald these this much but we are ready to complain about the things that ain’t working. I’ve visited some Tourist sites in Cross River State and honestly, you need to see it for yourself. You would get a great experience for less than half of expenses cut out for traveling abroad. The spots are spread out in Nigeria. Here are some few you’d like:
Obudu Ranch Resort
Obudu Ranch Resort is a wonder place for family vacation. It features a water park with water slide and a swimming pool, a golf course, night-time bonfires and horseback riding. Besides, you will be bonding with your families and nature as you hike through forests and mountains while watching birds. The accommodations are modern and you will enjoy admirable entertainment and quality food.
Yankari Game Reserve
Children will be tickled at the sight of baboons, hippos, elephants and other 50 species of wildlife including variety of fishes and birds. The Marshall cave Systems and Wikki Warm Springs are exciting attractions ideal for family fun. The Wikki River is a natural swimming ground. Yankari also has outdoor and indoor sports facilities and suitable accommodation.
Tinapa Leisure Resort
Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort is located near Calabar Free Trade Zone, it has top-notch facilities for wholesale and retail trade as well as entertainment and leisure. It has a children’s arcade, an eight-screen cinema, a mini amphitheatre, restaurants and pubs. It is a great place for a family vacation.
Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort
Located in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Golf playing families will have a great experience. Located in the midst of a flourishing palm forest vegetation, and full of discoveries and adventure. Swimming pools, gymnasium, tasty delicacies come with spending time here. The chefs serve some of the most delicious meals you can taste in the whole country. You can also take a tour through the beautiful city of Uyo. Great entertainment is available at Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center in Uyo. Get to know history in the national Museum in Uyo, also make a tour to Lord Lugard’s Residence in Ikot Abasi.
Ikogosi Warm Spring
Ikogosi Warm Spring is a natural wonder, warm water spring flows side by side with a cold spring. The spot where the two springs merge is a distinctive attraction. The resort situated around the warm spring has various accommodation and recreational facilities suitable for family vacation.
Located in Abeokuta, Ogun State is Olumo Rock; a massive outcrop of granite rocks of prehistoric formation. The highest point of the rock is about 137m above sea level. There are several caves on the rock a few of which is 20 feet long and 25 feet wide. It is such a serene environ for family vacation.
Jos wildlife Park
Jos wildlife Park is a man-made wildlife park. Set in an undulating landscape with different species of plant and picnic sites, Jos Wildlife Park hosts several wild life like hippos, buffaloes, lions, pygmy horses, birds, crocodiles, pythons and much more. Children’s play ground, picnic pine forest, wildlife museum, video viewing centre and restaurants are some of the attractions of the Park.
The War Museum
The war museum Umuahia offers you the opportunity to teach your children about the lowest point of Nigerian history, it has three Major galleries: the traditional warfare gallery, the Armed Forces gallery, and the civil war gallery.
Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in Cross River State, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is a preservation centre for chimpanzee, gorillas, drill monkeys and many other endangered primates. It is also a home to large migratory roosts in Africa. It’s a perfect destination for ‘family’s day out’, parents can take their children here to experience the amazing wildlife it offers.
The National Children’s Park and Zoo
The National Children’s Park and Zoo located in Asokoro District, Abuja has wildlife and domestic animals. It also has plenty of playgrounds and activities for children. It allows children to get up close to some of the most exciting animals like the lions and monkeys. Be careful and follow instructions at site.
Erin Ijesha waterfalls
Erin Ijesha waterfalls also known as Olumirin waterfalls is a natural sauna located in Ijesha, Osun State. The falls has seven layers of ascending plains with all the levels having breathing views and the freshness of the water is energizing. Being at these different levels and just basking in the invigorating freshness of the falls is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
So with these, you can have a great time for way less and your kids will have so much to talk and write about that “What I did last summer” topic.
If you still do not feel up to it financially, mentally or physically, what you need might be a ‘STAYCATION’. Don’t worry I ‘gatchu‘! Stay tuned for all about Staycation and tips, coming soon.
Do you have some good vacation spots in Nigeria you want to share? Say it at the comments section.
Source: kosherladies.com, travelstart.com
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