Heritage sites are places (city, desert, island, mountain, monument, building or forest) that has a special physical or cultural significance. Nigeria with its rich cultural heritage and diverse ethnic historical background has various heritage sites that are regarded as sacred and significant providing deeper information about the set up of such tribe or locality.
Here are 4 heritage sites in Nigeria that are worth visiting.
1. Oban Hills, Korup – This heritage site is located in the south eastern part of Nigeria. Located in the midst of the Korup National Park and the Cross River National Park, Oban Hills is popular for its valleys, steep hills and rain forests. Due to its occupying a vast area, its division between two villages has served as the main source of geographical link between the two different parts of Oban Hills.
2. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove – Regarded as the home of the goddess of fertility, Osun, this heritage site is considered a sacred site by many Nigerians. It is surrounded by dense forests and located on the periphery of Osogbo city. The surrounding regions of the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove are filled with sculptures and illustrations representing Osun including other Yoruba gods and goddesses and also holy shrines and sanctuaries. Due to its very rich natural diversity, it’s most times referred to as one of the famous holy forest of the world.
3. Niger Delta Mangroves – With a store house of nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil making it a huge rich deposit of oil reserve, the Niger Delta is highly recognized as a seashore of the country with different waterways. It is home to Nigeria’s mangrove hub and largest rainforest area with the presence of big lakes, rivers and freshwater. The abundant fauna and flora of this region has become a source of livelihood for lots of families and has thus become a famous marine center.
4. Kwiambana or Ningi – Kwiambana game reserve is home to structures of mound well maintained and lots or rocky mountainous areas. The way in which the houses constructed in this area continues to fascinate architects from around the world who go there to see its uniqueness.