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Top 4 Major Rocks in Nigeria

Nigeria is known to be blessed with many natural resources. Include Nigeria in your travel guide as abundant tourist beauties are there for you from mountains, rivers to caves and many more. From Zuma Rock to Olumo Rock, here’s our short list of the major rocks in Nigeria.

We also recommend our guide to the most spectacular waterfalls in Nigeria.

1. Zuma Rock

Zuma Rock rises spectacularly immediately north of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna off Madala. This place is sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to Abuja from Suleja. Zuma Rock rises 725 metres (2,379 ft) above its surroundings and it is one of the major rocks in Nigeria. This Rock is a major landmark in Nigeria and as well a popular place for visitors in Abuja looking for tourist attractions. The Naira note has Zuma Rock depicted on it. The Gbagyi people used this rock as a defensive retreat against invading neighbouring tribes during inter-tribal wars.

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image of Zuma Rock
Location: Suleja, Nigeria. © Karin Lakeman/Flickr

2. Aso Rock

Rising above the Abjua skyline is the stunning Aso Rock. The Aso Rock is a 400-metre (1,300 ft) rock, and is the city’s most noticeable feature. This rock is surrounded by The Nigerian Presidential Complex, Nigerian National Assembly, and Nigerian Supreme Court. “Aso” means victorious in the native language of people of Asokoro (“the people of victory”). This place is a major tourist attraction in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Aso Rock
Location: Abuja, Nigeria. © Mark Fischer/Flickr

3. Riyom Rock

Riyom Rock (also known as the “Three Rocks”) is one of the most unusual rock formations in Nigeria. This rock offers one of the most captivating scenic views in Nigeria. Riyom Rock is located in Riyom town about 25 kilometers to the South West of Jos.  It is one of the top major rocks in Nigeria as well as a tourist destination where visitors can go rock climbing, observe nature or take pictures of the scenery. This is a very good place to visit in Jos, Nigeria.

Major Rocks in Nigeria: Riyom Rock
Location: Jos, Nigeria. © Sunday Alamba/Flickr

4. Olumo Rock

Olumo Rock, one of the most popular tourist rocks in Nigeria, sits in the ancient city centre of Abeokuta – a name which means “Under the rock”; it has a height of 137 metres above sea level. This place is a natural wonder. It was used as a fortress by the Egba people in the early 19th century during intertribal wars. 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.
A trip to Olumo Rock usually commences with a climb up the man-made stairs carved into the rock. The locals are very friendly. Other popular items to watch out for include local beads, bracelets, sculptures and musical instruments like the sekere and talking drum.

Get directions here.

Olumo Rock site
Location: Abeokuta, Nigeria.

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