My Hiking Experience on Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock

I went hiking with some of my favorite people on Olumo Rock, one of the top tourist destinations in Nigeria . It was my first time in the ancient city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, and i wasn’t returning home without exploring the sights and sounds of the city.

Olumo Rock was used as a fortress by the Egba people (a name of the local people of Abeokuta, originally under the Oyo Empire)  in the early 19th century who found refuge at the rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century.  The town of Abeokuta (meaning “under the rock”) eventually grew as these new settlers spread out from this location.

We commenced our hike from the man-made stairs carved into rocks and made our way through narrow corridors that led us to the top of the rock, where we enjoyed the scenic view of the city with the Ogun River in sight.

  • The hike took 40mins including stops at significant spots where our tour guide provided an insight to the history of the rock.
  • The gate fee into the premises was NGN700 per person. You are expected to tip your tour guide

Our photos can tell our story.

Some of my favorite people

The spot where they prepared their food during the war

Memorial symbol of the past warriors

The peak of the Olumo Rock
The peak of the Olumo Rock
Some of my favorite people

 

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