Thursday, 10 March 2016

Gurara Waterfalls, Arguably Niger State's Finest Attraction

I visited Gurara Waterfalls in Niger State for the first time in 2008. It was a day after Christmas and some colleagues of mine in Abuja thought hiking up and down the mountains would be a great idea, they were right. I did not realise how easily I could use the words 'exhausted' and 'fun' in same sentence till that day.
We played volleyball and football on the beach-like sandy shores, we hiked up the mountains, had a picnic, took loads of pictures and were thoroughly exhausted when we drove back to Abuja later same day. That was my initiation into Naija vacations.


 Gurara Waterfalls is located in  Niger State, North Central Nigeria. The waterfalls is approximately 30metres in height and it lies on the Gurara river along the Suleja-Minna Road.(Wikipedia)

Asides travelling for fun, I love the stories (sometimes ridiculous myth) behind each tourist attraction. According to oral history, Gurara Waterfalls was discovered by a Gwari hunter called Buba in 1745 before some Europeans discovered it in 1925 after they found it as a recreation centre. Prior to the discovery of the waterfalls by the Europeans, Gurara Waterfalls was worshipped by people living in communities around it. Oral history also has it that Gurara Waterfalls and Gurara River were named after two deities called Gura and Rara.
I think places like these are best appreciated as a group of friends, co-workers, colleagues or family. Not too suitable for single or a couple. The more the merrier.




2 comments:

  1. Was there with a group of friends two weeks ago. The hike was tiring, and the rocks slippery, but we had a blast!
    Love the blog already .

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