Olumo rock is a popular tourist destination located in the city of Abeokuta [meaning “under the rock”] in Ogun State (only an hours drive from the bustling city of Lagos). The city of Abeokuta was originally inhabited by the egba people who found refuge at the Olumo rock during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. The rock acted as sanctuary to the people as well as a vantage point to monitor the enemy’s advance. The site was renovated in 2006 to include an elevator, a water fountain and a museum.

Below is my travel video to Olumo Rock {Click here to SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel for more AMAZING 🇳🇬 travel videos}, visual diary and tips on visiting Abeokuta and Olumo Rock.





At the fountain in front of the Rock


The elevator and garden at the base of Olumo Rock


The Cultural and Musical Heritage Centre at Olumo Rock


The small centre which was not opened during my visit


A view from the second landing whilst climbing the rock


In front of the “Orisa Olumo Chamber”, a shrine at the site. (Spot the sacrificed birds on the door of the shrine)


About to explore the Hide-Out cave in the Rock


The lady behind me is known to be the 132 year old Iya Orisa who lived most of her life under the rock (2017)


Another shrine at Olumo Rock


A representation of the deities


Manoeuvring between the rocks


Getting a helping hand from my tour guide to climb the rock


The view from at the top of my climb



  • Make sure to get a tour guide to take you up the rock. It is safer and I enjoyed the delivery of the history lesson. (My tour guides where incredibly knowledgeable and were very happy to take pictures and record my trip)
  • Ensure to take a bottle of water up the climb in case you get dehydrated.
  • Take your camera up the climb to capture the views at the top of Olumo Rock which showcases the beauty of Abeokuta
  • Tour guides do not charge a standard price/they aren’t allowed to but feel free to tip them as you deem fit
  • Make sure to dress appropriately (wear trousers/leggings and trainers for the climb


Costs: N700 to visit. N2000 to visit using the elevator (bear in mind the elevator wasn’t working during my visit).

Where did I stay: Abeokuta has many accommodation options. I stayed at the Daktad Suites and Event Centre (a lovely hotel). Tip would be to book your hotel in advance on Jumia travel.

Accessibility: If walking up a small hill is an issue for you, I would avoid visiting Olumo rock as I cannot guarantee the elevator would work (unless you are happy to admire the rock from the base).

My verdict: I had a great time visiting the rock. It was an impressive site with very knowledgeable guides.


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    December 14, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Great write-up
    Am inspired

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    February 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Is there a place to eat? Can we come with our food? (For a group of 25)

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      July 8, 2018 at 7:37 am

      Apologies for the delay. I don’t know how I missed this. Hope you sorted it all out. Please email me at sassyfunke@gmail.com if you need any assistance.


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    April 28, 2018 at 9:38 am


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    Tosin Famze
    May 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for this write up… Am planning to visit this month end.. This is really helpful… God bless you.

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      May 21, 2018 at 10:49 am

      You’re welcome Tosin! Thanks for reading. For more information for your trip to Nigeria, check out my youtube channel – If you like what you see, do SUBSCRIBE

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    how much is the gate fee to gain access into the venue of d olumo rock

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      August 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      N700 to visit. N2000 to visit using the elevator

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    Slick Patrick
    August 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Great write up.

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    ola akiode
    December 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Thats is a very good job. But i think the authority should make provisions for refreshment areas like canteen and souveniours areas.

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      December 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Hopefully in the future they do. Thanks for reading!

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    January 5, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Inspiring! Thank you

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    January 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Inspiring! Good job, thanks.

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    Bello Adeola
    February 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    A very nice write up, I’ll follow you on IG kindly follow back. My handle is @soniaadeola

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    Ola Pat
    May 30, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Thank you very much, I am planning to take my family on a visit later this year. Any tip for a toddler-filled family visiting? And I am going with my 5 years and 3 year old.

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      June 5, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. The lift might not be working so consider that. It might also be a little dangerous especially getting to the topmost view point for kids. Hope that helps in providing some insights

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    June 13, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Great job on the video. What’s the price range of the hotel you lodged in at Abeokuta? Thanks.

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      June 14, 2019 at 9:42 am

      Thank you for watching. I paid approximately 12,000 naira so expect up to 20,000.

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    July 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I visited Olumo Rock recently and we weren’t able to tip out tour guide and he was great. Does Olumo Rock have contact information?

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      July 18, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Unfortunately I do not have a formal contact information for Olumo Rock.

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    August 5, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Going as a group is there a discount??
    Are picnics allowed??

    Thank you

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    November 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Good job.

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    February 22, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Wow they have an elevator? I always wanted to visit this rock but I am scared of height. Using an elevator would make it easier for many people.

    Thanks Sassy Funke for this great guide, Olumo rock has been added to my bucket list.

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      February 29, 2020 at 10:14 am

      You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Adamu Maigari
    August 8, 2020 at 8:09 am

    I really want to goto southern part of Nigeria for Trip, Especially Yoruba Land! Abeokuta was the first.

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