OWU WATERFALL
Owu Waterfall is a waterfall located in Isin Local Government Area of Kwara. It’s the highest waterfall in West Africa measuring 120m above the water level and cascades 330 feet down an escarpment, with rocky out crops to a pool of ice-cold water below. The Owu Waterfall in Kwara State is sometimes referred to as a “wonder in the wilderness.” The existence of Owu falls is untraceable, but the fall has been described as the highest and most spectacular natural waterfalls in West Africa. The waterfall cascades 330 feet down an escarpment with rocky outcrops to a pool of ice cold water below which gives a beautiful landscape and offers visitors a refreshing atmosphere.

Owu Falls is always at its best during the rainy season which spans 200 meters across making it a wonderful vacation spot.In Owu Falls, you experience a fine mix of awesome attractions and access to top quality accommodation as it offers a range of quality assessed accommodation with good quality restaurants. Its perfect location and memorable vacation experience makes it the perfect destination to host your next vacation.

A fun filled and unforgettable vacation experience awaits you.Owu falls is the highest and most spectacular natural water fall in West Africa. The water fall stands as one of the symbol of nature which it existence is untraceable, but can only be appreciated and promoted by exploring.

EMIR’S PALACE, ILORIN

The Emir of Ilorin’s Palace houses other historical items and serve as a tourist center to visitors who wish to know more about the origin and culture of the ancient city. There are four pillars in front of the emir’s palace. The story behind the four pillars is that one of the emirs that reigned in Ilorin fought and won four wars against the traditional worshippers, so at the end of each war, he would put up a pillar to indicate that he conquered those he fought with, and that is why it is in the family pedigree of the emirs in Ilorin. Apart from these pillars, the palace also has a Mosque which is one of the oldest in the ancient town, and it is so significant that all emirs who have reigned and the present one, were turbaned there. The ceremony for a new emir starts from the Mosque, and also it is an important place for all the chiefs to visit before they can be turbaned. The Ilorin palace is also known to house other palace of emirs from the north, because of the cordial relationship between them.

DADA POTTERY, ILORIN

Dada Pottery is located at the Dada area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital. The pottery occupies about an acre of land and it is the largest concentration of potters in the state. It is also reputed to be the source of pottery in the town. The Pottery Industry which is touted to be as old as Ilorin itself is being managed by women who are dedicated to the business of pot making. Residents of the area engage mainly in pot making and work full time throughout the year. They neither go on break nor holiday. Dada Pottery derives its name from the community: Dada in Ilorin. The Dada area is located at Okelele, Ilorin East Local Government of Kwara State. The potters who are said to be over a hundred women organized themselves in a group and chose a leader for themselves. Some of the potters who refused to disclose their names in deference to their leader, said they have been able to use proceeds from their activities in the pottery industry for the upkeep of their children, sending them to schools up to the higher institution level. Some of them also said they had built houses while others had bought vehicles from the trade. Many of them also said they had diversified into other business with the money they made from pottery.

However, despite the dedication of the women and the possibility of being a great revenue generation for the state, the Dada pottery is in a deplorable state.

The industry which is believed to be the largest traditional pottery making centre in the country has different sizes and types of pot with decorations and textures sold in the area.

Although there are other pot-making centres in Okekura, Oloje, and Abemi areas of the state. The Dada Pottery is one of the largest traditional pottery workshops in the country, and a place to visit anytime a visitor happens to be in Ilorin, Kwara State.

If you are thinking of coming to explore Kwara State, remember to also visit Dada pottery.

MUNGO PARK CENOTAPH, JEBBA

Remember Mungo Park? He was the first westerner to explore the River Niger. In memory of the European explorer, a monument was erected in Jebba between the twin bridges which serves as a tourist’s attraction. The cenotaph was built in remembrance of the shipwreck he had, when he was trying to trace the source of the Niger. The cenotaph is located in Jebba in Kaiama LGA and it is easily accessible by road.

Although called the ‘Mungo Park Monument’, it is jointly dedicated to Mungo Park and Richard Lander; the man who later finished the work Mungo Park started. Take with you sun shades and camera to capture the sights and take selfies

ESIE MUSEUM, ESIE

Esie is an Igbomina Yoruba town in Kwara State of Nigeria lying about 48 kilometers South-East of Ilorin and about 128 kilometers north of Ife. Esie is generally known as a home of 800 soapstone figures. The Origin of Soapstone figures is bewildering. Till date, it still remains a mystery. Indeed, nobody knows how these stone images exactly came about but a few explanations have been offered by inhabitants of the city. The most popular among them is that the 800 stone images were rebellious settlers who were turned into stone images. The source claimed that these rebellious settlers were from another tribe of Yoruba-Land who sent words to Elesie (traditional chief of Esie land) that they were coming to settle down in his town but to their utter disappointment, they did not see anybody to receive them hence they settled outside the city of Esie.

It later became known that these settlers became a threat to the security of the city. They were undermining the administration of the chief and were about to rebel and as a result, the god of the land, being on the side of Elesie of Esie, turned these recalcitrant set of 800 settlers into stone statutes. Ironically, the Esie people worship them annually. However, most of these soapstone figures have lost either heads or limbs. They appear to represent a variety of people. Some are men while some are women. A particular one, adorned with the tall cap neck and wrist beads was said to be their king.

It is this one that receives the annual sacrifice offered by the Esie people on behalf of others. The soapstone figures of Esie are largest collection of stone carvings still in Black Africa. They were found in groves outside the town of Esie.

It is equally believed that it was Baragbon, during one of his hunting expeditions that he accidentally discovered the stone images in a grove arranged in a semi-circle. This grove is located about 1.4 kilometers south west of Esie Township. The images consist of over one thousand stone carvings of men and women presided over by a king (Oba Ere), the largest collection of stone images in sub-Sahara Africa. Majority of the objects are carved in sitting position and were manufactured from steatite type of rock, otherwise known as soapstone. Features like facial marks and striations are seen on majority of the objects while some of the heads are plain-faced.
The sculptures range in height from 1.4 to 120 cm and weight between 0.55 and 104 kilograms. The carvings represent people engaged in different social activities: some playing musical instruments and many armed with arrows, machetes and unidentified objects. Few objects represent lower social status while majority of the objects depicts higher social status as attested by their rich attires, heavy beads and well-designed headgears. The artistry of the objects suggests that the objects were produced by highly developed African Society of the past.

These impressive artistic features of the object prompted the then colonial government of Nigeria to build a shelter to house the images in 1945 at the site of discovery (National Museum, Esie).

Other facilities include:
• Vast land mass suitable for eco-museum
• Viable archaeological sites for excavation
• Spacious children playing ground
• A modern gallery with a permanent exhibition titled; Indigenous Artworks as Indicators of Cultural harmony
• A stand-by generating set.
• Serene environment etc.

PATIGI BEACH

Patigi Beach is a beach and tourist destination in Nigeria that hosts an annual boat race and a variety of fishing-related activities.

It is located in ‘Patigi, Kwara State’ in the middle belt of Nigeria along the River Niger. Located along the African river of River Niger, Patigi Beach is not a typical sandy beach; instead, its beauty lies in its rugged appeal. The beach is popular with fishing enthusiasts and fishermen. Many species of fish are found in the river, including whiting, flathead, and bream.

The Patigi Regatta boating event takes place yearly and a pavilion complex has been constructed with facilities for visitors to enjoy the celebration of the boating festival. The weather typically consists of three main seasons: the rainy season, the dry season, and the interlude between the two, the Harmattan, characterized by dry winds. The temperature can drop to 16 degrees Celsius in the Harmattan season.

Patigi beach is always good for meeting friends, eating, drinking, and also sightseeing.

SOBI HILL

Sobi Hill is a smooth, steep-sided, dome-shaped outcrop, the highest of a group of such hills that rise about 200 metres above the gently undulating savanna to the north of Ilorin.

Sobi Hills is a tourist centre located in Sobi Community in Ilorin.

The history of how the hills came to be is unknown, but according to studies, it is a site of prayer and where people feel they can interact with God.

Sobi Hills is also one of the nicest places in Ilorin to hang out and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. It provides a breathtaking view of nature.

Sobi Hills, at 394 meters above sea level, is Ilorin’s highest point. You can see practically every section of Ilorin city from the top. It’s named after the Sobi community in Ilorin, Kwara State. The hill, which is made up of two large rocks, is smooth and steep-sided, with a gently undulating savannah on top. It has two conical peaks, which are the result of two rocks colliding to make the hill.

Sobi Hills is a tourist centre located in Sobi Community in Ilorin.

Sobi Hills is also one of the nicest places in Ilorin to hang out and enjoy a picnic with family and friends. It provides a breathtaking view of nature.

Sobi Hills, at 394 meters above sea level, is Ilorin’s highest point. You can see practically every section of Ilorin city from the top. It’s named after the Sobi community in Ilorin, Kwara State. The hill, which is made up of two large rocks, is smooth and steep-sided, with a gently undulating savannah on top. It has two conical peaks, which are the result of two rocks colliding to make the hill..

SOBI HILLS

Christians and Muslims worshiping side by side, a church lies atop the hill, while a monument with an Islamic inscription sits nearby (which is the prayer side for the Muslims). To demarcate each worship location, stones at the top are stacked together.

It is close to the Sobi Barracks of the Nigerian Army’s 22 Brigade. The route leading to Kwara State University can readily be reached from Harmony Junction. It can be reached by a bush walk once you reach the top of the hill. You will be asked to remove your shoes before climbing because it is a “prayer hill.”

From the bottom of the hill, there is a white route that runs to the very top of the hill; if you follow it gently, you will reach the hills without difficulty.

As a result, it’s not surprise that the location was vital during the previous conflict periods.

The Sobi rock has distinct characteristics, such as marked white lines on some portions of the rock that lead to the highest point. These lines point the way to a simple technique to climb the rock. Before ascending the rock, it is also customary to take off one’s shoes at the base. This custom is followed by all visitors to the site, and it demonstrates a high level of respect for and cleanliness of the rock surface.

UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN

Kwara State is blessed with a lot of tourist attraction areas, of which the University Of Ilorin Zoological Garden is one of them.

The Zoo is located just before the University Entrance Gate, at Along University Road, Tanke Oke-odo, Ilorin, Kwara State.

History: has it that the zoo was first established as biological garden at the mini-campus of the University in 1975 and upgraded to zoological garden in 1985 to complement the University’s Biological Sciences Departments in teaching and research.

A major attraction to the zoo which has continued to draw visitors to the zoo is the 150meters long and 45meters high suspended canopy walkway.

The forest vegetation and presence of a stream which flows through the zoo creates a serene and very natural environment that makes the zoo so unique.

Animals that can be found in the Zoo includes: A Lioness, Leopard, Primates (e,g Monkeys, Baboons , Chimpanzees), Donkeys, Ducks, African Wild Civet Cats, Ostrich, Emu , Vultures, Peacock, Eagles, Mongooses, Horses , Crocodiles, Python Snakes, Hyenas and chickens .

Entry Fee : Entry to the Zoo as at June 2021 cost N500 while discounts applies when you go in a group of 10’s .

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