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Bewildered: A hiking Adventure thru Idanre Hills

by Ifunanya
Hike through Idanre Hills

The beginning…

Hi guys! So in the spirit of seeking out adventure and exploring new places(read here) I joined some guys from  naidrenalin   on a hike through 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.

Hiking on Idanre Hills

Hiking on Idanre Hills

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

Hiking on Idanre Hills                                         Hiking on Idanre Hills

Hiking on Idanre Hills

Hiking on Idanre Hills

Hiking on Idanre Hills

Eventually we arrived, after taking in the scene we paid for a tour guide and were soon on our merry way

Hiking on Idanre Hills

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. Hiking on Idanre Hills

 

Hiking on Idanre Hills

 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.Hiking on Idanre Hills
Hiking on Idanre Hills

Hiking on Idanre HillsHiking on Idanre HillsAfter a brief war with fatigue and vertigo we arrived on level ground.
Hiking on Idanre HillsHiking on Idanre HillsWe sat at the hill top and took in the sun and fresh air.Hiking on Idanre HillsHiking on Idanre Hills Hiking on Idanre Hills 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.Hiking on Idanre HillsHiking on Idanre HillsThe 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.”
Hiking on Idanre HillsThen 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.
Hiking on Idanre Hills 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.

 

Hiking on 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 hello@sunlightdreamer.com and I will be sure ti assist you any way I can.

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11 comments

acad May 17, 2017 - 7:00 pm

hi, i enjoyed looking at your pictures. i am very interested in joining your group, when will there be another trip? very nice article

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Ifunanya May 17, 2017 - 7:10 pm

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it?
I will send you an email regarding the next trip.

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Evita May 18, 2017 - 1:57 pm

Hi Ifunanya! This was very interesting to read. The pictures aided your writeup so well and it feels like I’ve been to Idanre already. I love History and Idanre Hills is on my travel bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

Evita In Progress

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Ifunanya May 18, 2017 - 2:02 pm

I’m so glad you feel that way….xxx

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Okoro Yvonne May 22, 2017 - 9:09 am

Hello Ifunanaya! These are really lovely pictures. You had a great time.
This reminds me of my visit to olumo rock. I need to check Explore Nigeria…. I should know about your next trip

http://www.okoroyvonne.com

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KvngEvy May 22, 2017 - 1:47 pm

Amazing place! Nature cannot be replaced. Beautiful sights though. Would add it to my travel list ?

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Sir NUDI May 24, 2017 - 5:02 pm

LOVELY, information is knowledge and right now you have blessed me with information on Idanre. Hoping to join you soon on one of your expedition.

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Tega Enai May 25, 2017 - 4:45 am

I enjoyed reading this post. It made me even more fascinated and eager to learn more about the Nigerian culture. Now I want to explore Nigeria and learn more about history.

Lovely post!

Tega Enai Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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ajuorah evelyn July 29, 2017 - 6:42 am

Wow!!! I have visited this place. We toured round the whole place. Climbing the steps was a bit hard for me. It was fun. I served in Ondo state.

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Ifunanya July 29, 2017 - 6:52 am

Yeah, climbing the stairs was a bit tasking plus they were so steep!!

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