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4 places to test your survival skills in Western Nigeria

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From mountains, hills and caves to seasides and natural springs, the Western region of Nigeria which covers states such as LagosOgun and Ekiti offers a variety of marvelous destinations for adventure seekers.  

Although not as naturally endowed as the northern regions of the country in terms of landscape, and inhabited mostly by the Yoruba tribe, indigenes from other tribes as well as tourists from other countries visit the region regularly to seek adventure or test their survival skills.

Visiting western Nigeria and getting bored already? Swap the ‘sightseeing’ for something more extreme. In many survival situations it is up to you to save yourself, so, Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site has picked out 4 places that will offer you opportunities to learn how to do just that.


Idanre Hills

While Idanre Hill looks like an easy climb, it really is not.  Listed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) it attracts a lot of adventure seekers from around the world. Featuring a cluster of intimidating and imposing hills with abundant the flora and fauna you already have a lot on your plate. Fortunately, you are free to camp on this site  for a while , and this gives you opportunity to gain a lot of survival skills from Navigation, signaling, knot tying, first aid and basic fire-starting.

Ikogosi Warm Spring

Located at Ikogosi in Ekiti State, the spring flows warm water from a rock. Flowing abreast the warm spring is another cold spring which meets the warm spring at a confluence, each maintaining its thermal properties. A wooden foot bridge leads to the source of the cold and warm spring water, and research suggests that the warm spring has a temperature of about 70C at the source and 37C at the confluence. Visiting the spring requires a lot of trekking and exploration on the part of the visitor, as the vegetation at the spring can be considered a highly thick forest. The location tests you in many ways


Olumo Rock

A pillar that dates back to ancient Yoruba folklore, Olumo rock is one of the best places to test your survival skills while visiting the Western region of Nigeria. Aside from the intriguing mystery of the serpent, Olumo Rock which stands at 137metres from its base, makes for an exhilarating climb. The heavy duty escalator and a glass elevator running the different levels of the rock alongside the old stairway are a pleasure to those who love climbing. Generally, it gives your opportunity to test your stamina and build endurance. Also, the caves feed your curiosity and even bring a rush of adrenalin.


IITA Forest Ibadan

One of few natural forest reserves in Western Nigeria, the IITA Forest is a huge part of the renowned International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s Natural Resource Management, and it is located at Ibadan, Oyo State. Covering an area of more than 300 hectares, the forest reserve provides habitat to quite a number of rare and endangered migrating birds and small animals. The IITA Forest Project organizes the event ‘walks on the wild side’, which is open to the general public. The activities in this event are particularly suited to visitors looking test their survival skills.


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