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|2||Listing of tourist areas|
|3||Brief Note of the places|
Introduction: Niger state is one of the largest state in Nigeria, rich in culture and tourism. It got it name from the river Niger, a branch from a large waters forming the river Niger and river Benue. Culturally the state consist of the gbagyi and nupe people who dwell in the various towns within the state.
I live in a town called suleja which is one of the heart of the state, it rest in the middle of the various tourist areas making it a drive of few kilometers away from the town. I am a gbagyi by tribe, making me await of their historical values. I had visited two places among the tourist areas which I shall write on, they're awesome places to which various activities are carried out for the purpose of entertainment and holds great historical data.
List of tourist areas
- Gurara waterfall
- Zuma Rock
- Bina footprints
There are numerous tourist area around my town but the listed are the closest and to which I have visited and got some information about them and it historical value.
The Gurara waterfall is located in Bonu village, along suleja Minna road. it's one of the largest waterfall in Nigeria and most fascinated in Nigeria. It falls from the height of about 30 metres from the mountains to the ground and is holds a width of 200meter.
According to history, the waterfall was discovered by a Gwari(Gbagyi) hunter called Buba in 1745 as he was travelling from zaria to hunt for games, which at then the community members worshipped it and it was named after their deities (Gura and rara). In recent times, plans has been made to turn it into a resort with a recreation center and seven-star hotel around it.
The volume of the water is high at around April and October and lowest January to March, at that period, the water is safe for swimming.
Zuma Rock is a mountain that rises high into the sky, taking a large swath of land. It is located along Niger- Abuja road. It rises approximately of about 300 metres(980 feet's) above it surrounding. It's elevation is about 700metres(2300 ft). Zuma Rock is depicted in the 100 naira note in Nigeria currency.
During inter-tribal war, the gbagyi people used it as a defensive place for retreat and hiding. Beside the rock are places suitable for relaxation, holding of parties.
Tourist can visit Zuma Rock all year round because the weather is both conducive and warm, however, if you're looking to see the spectacular Zuma Rock fire which only occur during rainfall, then the perfect time to visit Zuma Rock is between the months of April and October. This period is the rainy season both it afford you the privilege to observe the Zuma Rock fire at the apex of the rock which catches fire under heavy rainfall.
There are myth around it ,that the rock have eyes because of the structure that looks like one at the front side of the rock and is widely believe that Zuma Rock houses the most powerful spirit around it and has magical power which render the enemies of the gbagyi people powerless and provide a safe place for them. There are also a popular myth that on days when loud sound are heard from the rock, the news about a well known person is heard- This I can affirm to, because a loud sound was heard on the rock when my granddad the king died. It also believe that all masquerade original from this Rock.
Bina footprints also called dauda woyaba in local language. The footprints are visible on the hill top in Bina village near muye, some kilometers east of lapai Local government.
The footprints are attributed to one dabo who moved to Bina from gulu. The hill top was known to be his place of ablution which left a footprints from his numerous prayers.
Conclusion: These places are fun for visit, renovations are been put in place to ensure the tourist areas are suitable for tourism with the pavilion build around them.
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