A visit to Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria would be incomplete without stopping at Olumo Rock. Olumo Rock houses a bunch of tourists’ attractions like natural tunnels, unusual trees, natural cantilevers, gardens on the rock, and broken pathways.
The rock is a historical monument that served as shelter and fortress for the Egba people. In 1830 the Egba people had settled under the rock during the intercity wars. The rock is a monument of faith, unity, source of strength, and unfailing protection.
Olumo rock has three escalators to get to the top of the rock. Also, there is an aerial and atmospheric view of the antique city of Abeokuta, from the apex of the rock.
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Olumo Rock stands at a height of 137 meters above sea level. It is a bit easier to climb than the Zuma Rock in Abuja which stands at a height of 725 meters. There are in fact man-made stairs carved into the rock, making climbing easy for visitors to this tourist location.
There is also the availability of an elevator, in the event that you want to take the easy way up to the apex of the rock, which comes at a cost. From the apex of the rock, you would see a panoramic view of other tourists’ locations in Abeokuta.
These locations include The First Church of Nigeria, The Central Mosque, The River Ogu as well as the family house of the late Moshood Abiola.
Hotels in Abeokuta within minutes’ drive from the rock include Gateway Hotel and Olumo Guest House. So the next time you are in the city of Abeokuta, do well to visit Olumo rock and you will glad you did.
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