Hi guys! So in the spirit of seeking out adventure and exploring new places(read here) I joined some friends from my adventure club naidrenalin to a hiking trip on idanre hills. The journey to idanre was a lot longer than I anticipated. The town itself is tucked away nicely between the various hills that surround the area.
The morning of the hike day arrived and we suited up and got on our way. Everyone was excited as we looked forward to what lay ahead
Eventually we arrived, after taking in the scene we paid for a tour guide and were soon on our merry way
There are a total of 667 steps and 5 resting spots before one reaches near the top of the hill and has to depend on your own sturdy feet for support.
Discovering Idanre Hills…
As we embarked on the climb, the guide began to regale us with the history of the anciet kingdom of Idanre. Long time ago, a descendant of Oduduwa the ancestors of the yoruba people, stole Ade Omo Oduduwa the magical crown and fled Ile Ife his ancestral home with a posse of followers. The crown was meant for Oduduwa’s son and for that he incurred the wrath of his kinsmen. They were chased deep into the jungle and forced to lead a nomadic lifestyle for many years until at last they came upon a range of hills. In consternation, they exclaimed: “Idanree!” The hills became their refuge, a strategic protection against their warring kinsmen and invaders. There they settled and lived for over 800 years until they migrated downhill in the year 1923.
After a brief war with fatigue and vertigo we arrived on level ground.
We sat at the hill top and took in the sun and fresh air. From the top of the hills, you are get an eagle-eyed view of the town and its surrounding: beautiful scenery contrasts sharply with the awesome perspectives.The legend of the Idanre Hills is incomplete without the mention of Agboogun, a great hunter with supernatural ability. A popular account asserts that the great hunter asked three of his sidekicks to accompany him on a journey. On their way, he paused to inscribe hieroglyphics on a hillside, and the cryptic inscription became known as the “Unreadable Signs.”
Then the mystical: A dilapidated building, a blackened slate with written words of warning written on it. It belongs to Chief Lorin, one of the chieftains who could well be described as the kingmaker.
We decided to take a breather underneath the aptly named wonderful rock which is strategically balanced on its side.
A little distance away is the king’s court, a mud house recently renovated. This is where the ancient kings of Idanre kingdom held counsel and attended to their people.
We also visited the first primary school which was set up in 1896. On our way down we were shown the sacred thunder water. The legend goes that the warriors of ancient Idanre drank the water(the water is formed when lightning strikes the rocks) and it made them victorious in all their battles.
The sleepy an unassuming town of Idanre has stolen my heart. I was only disappointed because I didnt get to see the Arun river and Agboogun’s magical foot print carved into the rock, I will certainly be making another trip to Idanre in the future, I look forward to another adventurous hike thru idanre hills.
So what do you guys make of this trip? I would love to hear from you…..xxx
If you have any questions or comments about the trip, if you are planning a trip and need more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure ti assist you any way I can.