A GUIDE TO VISITING OLUMO ROCK, ABEOKUTA

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.

WATCH MY TRAVEL VIDEO BELOW

 

VISUAL DIARY

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At the fountain in front of the Rock

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The elevator and garden at the base of Olumo Rock

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The Cultural and Musical Heritage Centre at Olumo Rock

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The small centre which was not opened during my visit

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A view from the second landing whilst climbing the rock

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

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About to explore the Hide-Out cave in the Rock

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

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Another shrine at Olumo Rock

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A representation of the deities

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Manoeuvring between the rocks

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

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The view from at the top of my climb

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TRAVEL TIPS

  • 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

TRAVEL REVIEW

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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10 Comments

  • Reply
    overcomer90
    December 14, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Great write-up
    Am inspired

    • Reply
      #SassyFunke
      December 29, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you very much!

  • Reply
    Bimbo
    February 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm

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

    • Reply
      #SassyFunke
      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.

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    April 28, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Amazing

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      #SassyFunke
      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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    Ololade
    July 24, 2018 at 8:46 pm

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

    • Reply
      #SassyFunke
      August 2, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      N700 to visit. N2000 to visit using the elevator

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