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THE OLUMO ROCK OGUN STATE
 
Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, lies on the Ogun river amid rugged, rocky hills, and has an intriguing array of markets which sell a wide range of exotic goods. Abeokuta means ‘under the rock’, derived from the Olumo Rock the town’s most famous landmark. Olumo Rock, sacred to the Egba people, is on the east side of the Ogun river. Visitors should engage a guide from the tourist center at the bottom of the rock where one can explore the caves used as sanctuary during the Yoruba civil war. At the rock’s summit, visitors can enjoy good views of Abeokuta and the Ogun River
 
Olumo rock, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria, West Africa, sits in the ancient city center of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock”. Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the egba people who found refuge at the Olumo rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock provided sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance leading to eventual triumph in war. The town of Abeokuta eventually grew as these new settlers spread out from this location.

Abeokuta is just about an hours drive from the bustling metropolitan city of Lagos providing convenient access to an array of hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos and various nightlife activities. Lagos is also home to the closest airport to Abeokuta, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Hotels in Abeokuta within minutes drive from the rock include Gateway Hotel and Olumo Guest House.

Tourists to Africa definitely need to consider putting Olumo rock on their travel plans. New renovations completed early 2006 upgraded the infrastructure of the site to include a new museum, restaurants, water fountain and an elevator that will provide even the climbing-challenged a wonderful view of the surrounding city.


Plot 4, Wing 'B' Isheri- Ogba Road, Omole Bus Stop
P.O.Box 4153, Ogba Ikeja, Lagos.
Lagos State
Nigeria