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Rock Climbing: Olumo Rock

by Ifunanya

Olumo rock is situated in  the town of Abeokuta in Ogun state and is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. Standing at 137 meters above sea level the beauty of the town can be seen from the peak. The area was originally inhabited by the Egba people who used the rock as a sanctuary.

In times of war, the Egba people would hide their women, children and elderly in a crevice in the rock. It was also said that the rock had powers to protect all those that inhabited it. This is how the city of Abeokuta got its name as it literally translates to “under the rock”

Take a hike: Olumo rock

 

Take a hike: Olumo rockVisitors are urged to make a  wish at the fountain located at the center of the massive compound.

Take a hike: Olumo rock

After feeding my eyes with all the various beautiful artworks in the gallery, it was time to begin my climb.

The entrance to the war time hide out.

Take a hike: Olumo rock

One of the rooms inside the rock where the Egba people hid during the war

The part of rock where the women prepared their meals. The Egba women used to grind their melon seeds, peppers, etc on this spots.

After exploring the Egba people hide out, we continued our climb to the top of the rock

The beautiful town of Abeokuta behind me.

The view from the peak of the rock

Going down, we decided to use the stairs.

 

After our descent from the rock, I paused at one of the seat-outs to take in the whole sight.

What you need to know….
  • Of all the heritage/cultural sites I have visited in Nigeria, Olumo rock remains one of the best preserved and well kept ones.  Also, a big shout out to our tour guide Mr Babatunde who was kind and patient enough to help us with photos and videos.
  • There is a beautiful gallery in the grounds with a lot of breathtaking artworks but sadly photos are not allowed inside the gallery.
  • There is a seat out at the peak of the rock, you can pack a light lunch and make it a picnic.
  • The place tends to be crowded on weekends and towards the evening, if like me you don’t like crowd then maybe get there early in the day.
Cost and Transportation..

I left from Ojota in Lagos State and stopped at the motor park in Kuto, Abeokuta, the fare cost N1200/person. From Kuto I took a bike straight to the rock in Ikija, it cost N120 (I think I was overcharged 🙁

Entrance fee is N700/per person.

If you have any questions or comments about Olumo rock please reach out to me and I will help you any way I can.

Thank you…xxx

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4 comments

Zinny January 8, 2018 - 11:38 pm

Olumo Rock is always a good idea. Glad you enjoyed and beautiful pictures too.

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LoriKemi January 27, 2018 - 3:24 pm

Olumo Rock is truly the best place to visit when one needs a break from the hustle and bustle of Lagos (State). Cheers for sharing info on cost, transportation and other pieces of advice – I hope this will encourage more people to visit OR. || http://www.lorikemi.com

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TRAVEL WITH A PEN January 30, 2018 - 4:22 pm

Olumo rock is cool to visit the first time. You learn about a little about the Egba people history and do a little rock climbing. But would (you) I visit again? My answer is no. There isn’t much to entice people (especially those who live far away) to visit again and this is what a lot of our tourist sites should work on. The site is getting popular, maybe it’s time to include more activities and MAINTAIN them too.

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Ifunanya January 30, 2018 - 5:21 pm

I totally agree. Adding more activities would definitely boost the place.

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