Benue state derives its name from the Benue River which is the second-largest river in Nigeria. It is one of the North Central states in Nigeria and was created in 1976 from the former Benue-Plateau state with Makurdi as its capital city. The Benue people speak 14 languages including Tiv, Idoma, Igede, and Etulo languages. Benue state is nicknamed the “Food Basket of the Nation” because it is a rich agricultural state.
Benue state like other states has many tourist attractions. Below is a compilation of the top 10 unbelievable tourist attractions in Benue state.
1. Ikyogen Hills
These sprawling hills were developed into a cattle ranch in 1983. The ranch has all-year-round thriving vegetation which is due to the weather condition of the place. This ranch provides steady grazing areas for cattle.
2. Anwase-Abande Ranges, Kwande Local Government Area
The Anwase- Abande Ranges is a network of great hills, valleys, streams, natural forests, and other natural formations. The ranges stretch as far as the Nigerian- Cameroon border through the Obudu- Cameroon range.
3. Enemabia Warm Spring
This is the only natural warm spring in Benue state. A good soak in the spring can rejuvenate one’s mind and body. The beautiful thing is that the spring is open night and day to visitors and tourists interested in grabbing a taste of the spring’s magic.
4. Ikwe Holiday Resort
One will find this resort that is surrounded by green vegetations soothing. The resort incorporates the wonders of nature in its services and this makes it unique amongst others. It is a great travel spot for tourists who crave to have privacy while being surrounded by nature.
5. Tor Tiv Palace, Gboko
Located at Gboko, this palace is the official home of the Tiv people. One can easily find rich, historical artefacts that tell the history of the Tiv People just lying around begging to be explored.
6. Montane Games Reserve
The Montane Games reserve is one of the few reserves in the state that accommodates wild and rare animals in their natural state. I bet you didn’t even know that Benue state has game reserves.
7. The Most Sacred Ipinu- Igede
The Sacred Ipinu- Igede is a forest that also serves as the resting place of the ancestors of Igede people.
8. River Oyongo And Its Seven Tributaries
According to a story told about how the tributaries came to be, it is said that they existed after seven women from the Igede tribe willingly offered themselves to be sacrificed for their kinsmen to cross the river Oyongo. The story says that after the sacrifices the river parted ways into seven parts. The seven parts are still present today!
9. Rare Manatee, Katsina Ala
In this location, one can see the rare African manatee in their natural habitat. Seeing their responses to the presence of people is an experience a tourist would find fascinating.
10. Dajo Pottery, Makurdi
Although this pottery is privately owned, it has single-handedly made thousands of potteries that are unique in sizes, shapes, and designs for local and international tourists who visit the facility all year round.
Visit Benue State. Visit Nigeria.