Abuja is the capital and eighth most populous city of Nigeria.Located in the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory, it is a planned city built mainly in the 1980s based on a master plan by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.
Which is more beautiful between Lagos and abuja? Lagos is the epic center of fun and excitement thanks to its shrines, beaches, artifacts, parks, and more and the beautiful Yoruba spice to add a worthy feel of the culture. Abuja on the other hand has leisure parks, malls, and cafes, due to its nature and development founded on politics. It replaced Lagos, the country’s most populous city, as the capital on 12 December 1991.
Without further ado Auchijeff blog have gathered below the top ten most visited places in Abuja.
1. ZUMA ROCK
Zuma Rock is a very safe place to be. As it is a tourist centre, there are security measures put in place by the centre. Zuma Rock is accessible to the public for free but if you are interested in rock climbing or exploring the magnificent mass of rock, you will be required to pay a token in order to begin your climbing adventure to the top of the rock.For every time you visit the attraction, there is always a refreshing excitement that makes you appreciate the good work of nature. Zuma Rock is a large monolith, an igneous intrusion composed of gabbro and granodiorite, that is located in Niger State, Nigeria. Zuma Rock, sometimes referred to as the “the Gateway to Abuja from Suleja”, is located in Niger State in northern Nigeria.
How Long is Zuma Rock? Zuma Rock is standing at about 300 meters (980 feet) above the ground, Zuma Rock is one of the highest and largest monoliths in the world.
2. Millennium Park Abuja
Millennium Park, Abuja is a good spot to walk the dog or come for a picnic. It is a well-maintained park with beautiful night lights. Millennium Park is the largest public park in Abuja which is located within the Maitama district of the city. The park is divided into two by a river. One side of the park is dedicated to nature and the other side, which is near the main entrance to the road, is dedicated to scientific knowledge of the natural environment. The park was conceived and designed by Italian architect Manfredi Nicolette and is one of the main attractions in Abuja Nigeria.
The Park is a park-extraordinaire with a nicely groomed terrain that offers visitors the opportunity to savour the freedom and freshness that nature offers. It is no ruse that the Park is one of the best spots for a picnic in Abuja and entrance is free. One of the city’s most iconic green spaces, the Great Lawn at Millennium Park is a great place for an outdoor picnic. Find a spot in the grass beneath the soaring Pritzker Pavilion and marvel at the stunning architecture all around you.
3. IBB International Golf & Country Club, Abuja
IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja is a prestigious recreational and tourist attraction located on Aso drive in the city of Abuja, Nigeria. The golf course occupies a land area of about 101 hectares with a great scenery and the playing distance of 6,098 meters.It is a standard 18 holes golf course with other facilities which include club house, club bar and restaurants managed by Sheraton Hotel & Towers, three men’s locker rooms, two ladies locker rooms, well-suited workshop, buggy hire, trolley hire and driving range.
Entrance fee for membership is Seven hundred and fifty Naira, N750,000 (One hundred thousand Naira, N100,000 for overseas members) and annual subscription of Seventy five thousand Naira,N75,000. IBB International Golf Course is a tourist attraction with beautiful undulating green area.
4. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S PARK AND ZOO
The National Children’s Park and Zoo is located in the Asokoro district of Abuja, behind the Presidential Villa. It is reasonably close to Aso Rock. It has various kinds of Animals, large playground for kids to play around and a lake.
The National Children’s Park and Zoo is a well known day trip, where you can acquaint your youngsters with creatures and birds. Domestic creatures, for example, camels, jackasses and chickens. Watch wild creatures like cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and lions. You will discover the recreation center in the north-eastern corner of Abuja city. The recreation center is really situated at the base of Aso Rock in Abuja close to the Murtala Muhammed Expressway North. The recreation center is open day by day for visitors. Domestic creatures are likewise housed in the zoo, making it an extraordinary fascination for more youthful kids as well. Indeed, play areas and other fun exercises for kids along ‘Baby’s Lane’ influence this a perfect to place to while away an evening or appreciate an excursion.
5. Abuja Art and Craft Village
The Abuja Arts and crafts villageis one of the spots I discovered in one of my blog picture scouting moments, recall my recent outfit post here. While most spots in Abuja are quite modern, I love the antique and cultural village feel of the whole place. Are you looking for locally crafted items, materials, leathers and various art crafts? You can find it all here. If you are a tourist visiting Nigeria, this spot in Abuja is a must see and a great place to get African inspired items.
The Abuja village consist of stone statues, carvings and huts with animal shaped roofs. There is an outdoor exhibition space or artists and teachers who live on site, and the display of colourful batiks fusing traditional and contemporary styles. During the week there are workshops in African dancing and drumming, as well as the availability to sign up for individual tailored art classes. Tours are offered to the various Nike Villages, as well as other museums and galleries.
6.Abuja National Arboretum
National Arboretum covers more than 1000 hectares and is a famous attraction of the city where visitors can see the forests and variety of plant life.The purpose of the Arboretum, which is located in the Three Arms Zone, is to maintain the forest and other plant life within it in their original natural condition. It was established to play significant roles in the conservation of genetic resources for research, educational, medicinal and other scientific purposes. National Arboretum is located at Three Arms Zone, Abuja, Nigeria. National Arboretum primary category is Holiday homes, cabins and resorts.
7.Abuja National Mosque
The Abuja National Mosque, also known as the Nigerian National Mosque, is the national mosque of Nigeria. The mosque was built in 1984 and is open to the non-Muslim public, except during congregational prayers. The mosque is located in the capital city, Abuja, and is situated on Independence Avenue, across from the National Christian Centre. It includes a library and a conference room. The complex includes a conference centre capable of serving five hundred persons, the office for the Islamic Centre, and residential facilities for the imam and muezzin.
Who built the mosque? It was His Royal Highness, Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo, the then Emir of Gwandu that confronted Obasanjo over the government’s clandestine move to complete the building of the National Ecumenical Centre that had remained under construction for more than 20 years after the National Mosque was designed, built and commissioned.
8. JABI LAKE
Jabi Lake is a water body formed from a man-made earth dam that was initially created to provide water to the residents of Abuja, Nigeria. The total surface area of the lake is about 1,300 hectares. The initial capacity of the reservoir was to supply water to 100,000 residents.Jabi Lake is a man-made reservoir of water from the foot of Katampe rocks. It is located within Kado and Jabi districts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It was constructed in 1981 as the first source of water supply to the capital city.
It is a 25,000sqm retail development by Actis, in the Jabi/Utako region of Abuja. The Construction of jabi lake began in 2014 and completion has been slated for year end 2015. A 30min pedal boat ride cost 2,500ngn; jet ski cost 20,000. The bigger boat cost 10,000ngn each and you must be at least 5 people.
9. ASO ROCK
Aso rock is a large outcrop of granitic rock located on the outskirts of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. The Aso Rock is a 400-metre (1,300 ft) prominent monolith with a peak height of 936-metre (3,071 ft) above sea level. It is one of the city’s most noticeable features. The Nigerian Presidential Complex, Nigerian National Assembly, and Nigerian Supreme Court are located around it. Much of the city extends to the south of the rock. “Aso” means victorious in the native language of the Asokoro (“the people of victory”) ethnic group.
Is Aso Rock bigger than Zuma Rock? Zuma Rock is very tall by the standards of Nigerian geography. It is over four times taller than NECOM house (Lagos’ tallest skyscraper, as of 1979) and it is taller than Aso rock and Olumo rock combined.
Is Aso Rock different from Zuma Rock? Aso Rock is merely the name of the place housing the seat of power which includes the complexes you already mentioned. Wrong. Aso Rock is the name of the rock. Aso Rock Villa is the name of the presidential complex which is named after the rock.
10. CENTRAL PARK ABUJA
Central Park Abuja is another home away from home where family and friends can spend quality time with their loved ones and share wonderful long-lasting memories.Central Park Abuja has got you covered on any kind of event or occasion you wish to have starting from wedding, team bonding, birthday, bridal shower to concerts and festivals. There are various gardens and spaces for each occasion like Karting for both Adults, Playground for kids, Water Park, Waterfall and Pond.