Olumo rock is a popular tourist destination in Nigeria, with a captivating appearance. The Olumo rock in Abeokuta stands out among the other tourist attractions in Ogun State and it will never cease to amaze tourists with its rich history.
One thing stands out in particular: nature’s blessings. At the very least, every state in the country, including the F.C.T., has something distinctive about it.
Ogun state, one of the six states in the southwestern part of Nigeria stands out for its own beautiful piece of nature strategically located in Abeokuta, the state capital.
- Olumo Rock’s History
According to legend, Olumo Rock was discovered by a hunter named Adagba, who used it as a fortress during the 19th century intertribal war. Before the Oyo Empire fell apart, the Egbas were a part of it. The rock also served as a lookout point for the locals at the time, giving them a clear view of the enemy’s progress in a war which they eventually won.
“Olumo” is a combination of two words: “Olu” (God) and “Mo” (Moulded), which means “God has ended our troubles and sufferings.” In 1976, Olumo Rock was converted into a tourist attraction.
Statues of Egba past heroes and symbols of Egba warriors such as Ilesha Abi Agbongbakala, Agaba – the great hunter, Okonkenu – the first paramount ruler in Egba land, and Jagun Jagun – the sharp shooter and general in command can be found on the rock.
It was discovered that Olumo Rock produced water that herbalists could use to cure diseases and sicknesses during the rainy season. It stopped producing water over 50 years ago.
The presence of a tree that is said to be over 200 years old is another fascinating feature of the rock. This tree does not shed its leaves throughout the year and thrives in both dry and wet seasons.
Chief Mrs. Sinatu Aduke Sanni, also known as Iya Orisa, was said to have spent almost her entire 133 years on earth living in the rock. She witnessed the crowning of four kings of Egba Land – Alake of Egba Land. She believed that the god of the rock protects them and grants them all of their wishes.
- Olumo Rock fun activities
Tourists who visit the Olumo Rock can participate in a variety of fun activities, including hiring a tour guide who is knowledgeable about the rock’s history and the culture of the locals to show you around the interesting sights.
Because almost every part of the rock tells a story, having a tour guide with you would make your adventure even more memorable.
You begin your journey at Olumo Rock by climbing the man-made stairs carved into the rock. Many people are out of breath and ready to relax on the benches beneath the trees that have grown out of the rock and enjoy the fresh air.
Climb the unevenly sized rocks on the narrow corridors that lead to the rock’s peak. You can also take the artificial stairs or elevators to the top of the rock.
Climbing the rocks should not be done in slick footwear.
Since the rocks became a tourist attraction, no one is said to have died while climbing them. Don’t be the first in a bad story. It is advisable to bring a small backpack and a bottle of water along as you’ll need it at the top, and don’t forget to bring your camera to document the experience.
Enjoy the cowrie studded statues, the carvings on the rock, and say hello to the 131-year-old priestesses (Iya Orisa) who live beneath the rock while climbing up the rock.
Outside the Olumo Rock, you should also pay a visit to the ancient Itoku market known as the Tye and dye market.
This tye-and-dye (Adire) market is a commercial center in the Olumo Rock area. It would be fascinating to observe how local artisans and traders haggle over prices with customers who are always looking for the best deal.
You should also visit the new museum and relax at the park at the base of the rock. Take a look at the Ogun River flowing down the rock to soothe your senses with nature’s beauty. Allow the gentle therapy of Mother Nature to caress your skin.
By visiting the fast food restaurant at the base of Olumo Rock, you can keep the peace between the abdominal enclave’s warring factions.
Olumo Rock’s Pinnacle
As previously stated, Olumo Rock is 137 meters above sea level, which is nearly half the height of Paris’ Eiffel Tower, which is 300 meters. Also, Olumo Rock is not comparable in height to Zuma Rock in Abuja, which is 725 meters above sea level.
The fact that Olumo Rock is easy to climb is one of its most appealing features. Olumo Rock had stairs carved into it for easy climbing even before the recent renovations. Those who do not wish to climb through the rocky terrain can reach the summit via staircases or elevators.
The view from the top of the rock is breathtaking. The view of Abeokuta will be covered in red corrugated roofs that run parallel to thick green forests that disappear into the horizon.
The First Church of Nigeria, the central mosque, the family of late Moshood Abiola (M.K.O), and the River Ogun are all notable landmarks.
- Getting to Olumo Rock
Abeokuta is only about a one-hour drive from Lagos. I am using Lagos because it another most popular city in Nigeria and very easy to locate by foreign tourists. Take a bus or taxi from any local park in Lagos to Abeokuta. You can take a taxi directly to Olumo Rock from Abeokuta city center. You can also take a taxi to Olumo Rock from Sango Ota, Ogun State. Sango Ota and Olumo Rock are about a 2-hour drive apart.
- Olumo Rock Entrance Fee
Tourists are the source of income for Olumo Rock. Adult tickets cost 700 naira, while children’s tickets cost 500 naira. If you want to use the elevator, however, the cost can reach 2000 naira.
For those who drive, there is a fee of as little as 300 naira to use the car park.
- Olumo Rock accomodations
There are several hotels available for those who wish to stay during their visit. Daktad Suites, is about a 20-minute drive from Olumo Rock, while Dusmar Hotel, Kuto beside June 12 Cultural Centre, is about a 10- to 15-minute drive. You can also use Google maps for easy access to these hotels.
The best time to visit Olumo Rock.
March is a fantastic month to visit the Olumo Rock because it is the dry season in the area. In March, you can enjoy the glitz and glam of the lisabi and OLUMO festivals, which both culminate at Olumo Rock.
If you love to experience nature with rocks and a little bit of culture, Olumo rock is the best tourist attraction centre to go to