Olumo rock is one of the most popular tourist attraction centers in Nigeria and the most visited rock in Nigeria with a rich history behind it. Just an hour drive from the Lagos, the rock is located in Abeokuta the capital city of Ogun State.
In the 19th century, the original inhabitants of the Abeokuta (the Egba people) used Olumo rock as a hiding place and gave them a good vantage point over their enemies during an inter-tribal war that affected that region.
Abeokuta means “under the rock”, so the city’s name was inspired by events that happened when the hid under Olumo rock.
The name Olumo also sounds assuring to the Yoruba people because it means “troubles and sufferings are over”. So, without any doubt, the rock has lots of history hidden in them that are waiting to be discovered by this generation.
When is the best time to Visit Olumo Rock
The dry season is the best time to visit Olumo rock because the weather is bright, warm and the view would be clear, allowing you to see the real beauty of the rock and the city of Abeokuta.
March is the ideal month to visit because this is also the month of the Olumo and Lisabi festivals which are always the talking point of this tourist center.
How to Get to Olumo Rock
Visiting from outside Ogun State, we would advise you to get to Lagos by air because it is the closest international airport to Abeokuta (just 1-hour drive).
From the Muritala International Airport Lagos, they are cabs that will take you to the bus station where you can take a bus or taxi from Lagos to Abeokuta. At the final stop in Abeokuta, you can easily get a taxi straight to Olumo rock.
Tourists around Nigeria can also take a bus from their respective destinations to Abeokuta but if you wish to drive yourself, don’t forget to use Google map for extra guidance.
Olumo Rock Entrance Fees
Generally, visiting the Olumo rock is pocket-friendly, they are 2 entrance fees, 700 naira for those who want the thrill of climbing the rock with the ma-made stairs. 2,000 naira for those who will use the elevator that was introduced in the year 2006.
If you are coming with a private car, you are expected to pay 200 naira for parking fee, Camera fee of 200 naira is optional for those who want to use it.
Things to do at Olumo Rock
Olumo rock has a diverse blend of history, getting an experienced tour guide is the most ideal way to get the most out of your visit to this rock.
Using the man-made stairs is the first step to having an adventurous experience at the rock. While climbing the rock, watch your step and also take some photos beside the man-like statues.
Want more history, visit the ultra-modern museum and see the rich history of the rock and its original inhabitants. The recreational park is an ideal place to relax from the intensity of climbing the rock.
Olumo rock has lots of shrines and fountains that you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget to visit Iya Orisa who is believed to be 133 years old and has spent almost all her life on the rock.
The Egba war time hide-out is a great place to get a feeling of war and how the original inhabitants hid during the war.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are ideal for hiking because that’s what you will be doing at Olumo rock.
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