[TOURISM] Exploring Nasarawa State

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Nasarawa State, situated in central Nigeria within the Middle Belt region, boasts a unique charm with its borders adjoining Plateau State to the north, Benue State to the east, Kogi State to the south, and Niger State to the west. Lafia serves as its vibrant capital city.

This state unfolds as a land of undulating hills, verdant forests, and glistening lakes, providing a haven for diverse wildlife. Furthermore, Nasarawa State is a treasure trove of historical and cultural gems, featuring iconic sites such as the Mada Hills, Doma Rock, and Keana Salt Processing Centre.

Let’s explore some of Nasarawa State’s premier tourist attractions:

1. Keana Salt Processing Centre: Nestled in Keana town, this traditional salt processing hub manufactures salt through the evaporation of brine water in expansive pans.

Photo Credit:: Habila Sani Mazawaje

2. Doma Dam: Dominating the landscape in Doma town, this colossal rock formation soars over 100 meters high and beckons adventure seekers to indulge in hiking and rock climbing.

3. Eggon Hills: The Eggon Hills, with heights exceeding 30 meters (100 feet), stand as a favored spot for adventure seekers. These hills feature diverse rock formations, such as kopjes and inselbergs, which have drawn visitors since the colonial era.

4. Peperuwa Lake: Located in the Toto local government area, this expansive lake allures visitors with opportunities for fishing, swimming, and boating.

5. Akuruwari Warm Spring: Akiri Warm Spring is located in Awe local government area. As the name suggests, the spring is warm and becomes even warmer during cool weather. The spring water gushes out bubbles at regular intervals, giving the appearance of boiling water.  The people of Akiri believe that the spring water has medicinal properties and drink and bathe in it for healing purposes. The spring is a very safe location.

Nasarawa State, although still an emerging tourist destination, holds immense promise to become a prominent hub for travelers in Nigeria. With its diverse attractions, spanning from natural wonders to historical and cultural treasures, Nasarawa State presents an enticing option for those seeking a unique and less-traveled destination.

Here are some handy tips for planning your visit to Nasarawa State:

– Optimal Timing: The best period to explore Nasarawa State is during the dry season, spanning from November to March.

– Accessibility: The state is easily reachable by road from various parts of Nigeria, and flights to Lafia, the capital, are readily available.

– Accommodation Choices: Nasarawa State offers a range of lodging options, catering to different budgets, from economical guesthouses to luxurious resorts.

– Cultural and Culinary Experiences: Make sure to allocate time for immersing yourself in the local culture and savoring the delectable cuisine. Nasarawa State is home to diverse ethnic groups, each with its unique traditions, and it is renowned for its mouthwatering dishes, influenced by the rich cultural tapestry of the region.