2016 Review: Travel

Matsiraga Waterfalls

 “Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Happy New Year in advance!

I am so happy we have wrapped up this year. I think 2016 was all about personal growth, believing in myself, blossoming creatively, understanding my strengths, weaknesses and limit. I am done trying to fit myself into a non-existent box. In summary, it was an awesome year for me.

I had written a review of my year here – Dusk: Mosimi.

However, I want to write a review of my year in terms of travels. Here are my travel highlights for 2016.

Lekki Conservation Center

The canopy walk is said to be longest canopy walk way in Africa (over 400m and its highest height is about 22.5 feet above the ground level). Honestly, this was the scariest thing I had done this year but I was glad I did it with friends.

Read about my experience here.

Olumo Rock, Ogun State

Abeokuta  (Abẹ okuta) which means “Under the rock” is also known as the Egbaland and is the capital of Ogun State. Olumo means “God molded it” and “God has put an end to our travail and unrest”.

Read about my experience here.

Idanre Hills, Ondo State

Amarachi from ChapterOne wrote about her experience at Idanre Hills. After reading it, I decided I had to visit it. Luckily for me, Truppr was organizing a trip there and I happily paid for it. The journey to the top was not easy, there are about 666+ steps to the top of the hill and 5 resting points.

Read about her experience here.

Ado-Awaye Mountain, Oyo State

Oke-Ado Mountain as it is fondly called is famous for its suspended lake “Iyake Lake”. Iyake Lake is one of the 2 “suspended” lakes in the world. The first is “Hanging Lake” located on Glenwood Canyon’s cliff in Colorado.

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P.S. A suspended lake is a lake with no apparent source.

Read about my experience here.

Nok Village, Kaduna State

Nok Village is said to be the home of Nok Culture. The first major Nok archaeological discovery was made  in 1928, at a tin-mining operation in the Nok Village. It was a terracotta head of a monkey found. This was taken to miner museum in Jos and remained a unique object until 1943 when another terracotta head was found Nok.

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Read about my experience here.

Matsiraga Waterfalls, Kaduna State

Matsirga Waterfalls is a beauty that  The waterfall can be seen from the road going to Plateau State from Kaduna (Kafanchan). The water gushes, tumbles and drops from 30 meters. It is said to take its source from the Kagoro Hills.

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P.S. The railway line is at the other side of the waterfalls. Unfortunately, you can’t see it from that side.

Read about my experience here.

Arinta Waterfalls, Ekiti State

Arinta Waterfalls is a spectacle to behold, watch and marvel at. The falls cascade down the rocky hills from a great height, amidst natural forest vegetation to form a flowing pool of spring water.

“Arinta… ever wet ever flowing, the obsession of Ipole people, ever plunging ever splashing”.

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Read about my experience here.

Ikogosi WarmSpring, Ekiti State

Not too far away from Ipole where Arinta Waterfalls is located lies Ikogosi WarmSpring. A cold spring meets the warm spring at a confluence, each of the spring maintaining its thermal properties.

Many years ago, a farmer married two wives who never agreed on anything. Awele, the first wife was the hot-tempered one while Princess Awon, the second wife was calm and demure. They got into a fight one day using their magical powers which eventually turned them into water. Awele being the warm spring and Awon the cold spring.

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Read about my experience here.

Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, Osun State

Olumirin Waterfalls popularly known as Erin Ijesha waterfalls is located at Erin Ijesha. The waterfall is said to cascade over 7 layers with three major waterfalls and the 3rd layer being it’s highest point.

One day, a hunter went looking for game and discovered the waterfalls. With so much fear in his heart, he ran to tell his people that he had seen another god. Olumirin means “another god” (the name of the waterfall).

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Read about my experience here.

Moremi Statue of Liberty, Osun State

Moremi Ajasoro, Princess of the Yoruba is ravelled Yoruba folklore heroine. The Moremi Statue stands in honour of Ayaba Moremi who lived in the ancient times and rescued her people out of slavery.

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At 42 ft, this statue is the 3rd tallest statue in Africa behind the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar (161 ft) and Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt (66ft).

Read about my experience here.

I am really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer in terms of travel :).

 

You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.

                                                                                – Me Before You, Jojo Meyes

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Have an awesome year!!!

Simi

 

11 Comment

  1. Ufuoma says: Reply

    Impressive! Very impressive! Saving this page for when I am ready to tour Nigeria! Here’s to a 2017 filled with many more adventures.

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    1. mosimi20 says: Reply

      Thank you Ufoma…You motivated me to write this post… Cheers to the new year 🍾🍷🎉🎊

  2. Lara says: Reply

    Great post…lets make 2017 more beautiful

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    1. mosimi20 says: Reply

      Thank you Lara!!!! Happy New Year 🎉🎊

  3. 'seyi says: Reply

    I would surely visit osun and explore just like you did.
    Btw, I nominated you for the mystery blogger awards https://scarletmakeovers.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/the-mystery-blogger-award/

  4. Bukayo says: Reply

    Interesting write up, thinking of visiting arinta waterfall

    1. mosimi20 says: Reply

      Arinta Waterfalls is an awesome place to visit. However, I suggest you include Ikogosi Warm Springs into your itinerary as well because Ikogosi Warm Springs is about 15 mins from Arinta Waterfalls. “2 birds with 1 stone”.

  5. Joy Ajuluchukwu says: Reply

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful. Tourism in this country is yet to pick up but we have got a very very rich history and lovely landscape or is it terain. I love your posts, don’t know how I stumbled upon it but its bookmarked right now. 🙂

    1. mosimi20 says: Reply

      Yes! I concur very much. I have so many interesting places to visit this year. I am just too excited thinking about it. Thank you for visiting! Don’t forget subscribe to the blog so you can be notified of new posts!

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