10 places to visit in Nigeria during Christmas holidays

Obudu Ranch, Cross River
Obudu Ranch, Cross River

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth, sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever,” Richelle Goodrich once said. Unfortunately, it won’t last forever. But you can make it worth remembering when you do things you never did before, or go places you’ve never been before this season.

With only a few days to Christmas, every fun-loving person should be thinking of an amazing place to be with loved ones, aside the traditional trip to the village for extended family reunions.

From the place where nature is at its perfect form, to classic and ultra-modern environment, we present you a list of 10 unique places carefully selected from across the 6 geo-political zones in Nigeria to spend the Christmas vacation.

1. Tinapa Resort

Tinapa is a business and leisure resort located in Calabar, the beautiful capital of Cross River State in the South-south.

The resort offers amazing features like a casino, children’s arcade, an amphitheatre, retail and wholesale outlets for your shopping needs and an 8-screen digital cinema.

Located at the Calabar Free Trade Zone, you can equally seize the opportunity to buy electronic items at very cheap prices as well as check out some business opportunities within the zone.

Finally, don’t forget to attend the colourful Calabar Festival.

2. Obudu Ranch Resort

The Obudu Ranch Resort is one of the wonders of Nigeria and arguably the best vacation spot for anyone seeking to enjoy a holiday in an environment that offers a perfect blend of nature and modernity.

The resort features a water park, a golf course and horse riding, night club as well as bonfires. A walk through the forest of Obudu brings one closer to nature as you listen to beautiful birds singing melodiously to your delight.

If you are looking for a vacation spot to help you establish a lasting bond between you and your spouse or family, then Obudu is the perfect choice.

3. Abraka Turf and Country Club

The Abraka Turf and Country Club is situated along the bank of the serene Ethiope River in Abraka, Delta State.

The first thing that hits one on entering the facility is the expansive and well-manicured plants with horses grazing on the lawn, which provides every visitor a feeling of calmness and tranquility.

The resort features first class accommodation and catering services for people of different budgets, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming in the mysteriously clear River Ethiope; the river is so clear that one can see fishes swimming in it.
If you are a lover of nature and serenity, the Abraka resort is the place to spend your Christmas.

4. Kofar Gamji Amusement Park

Kofar Gamji Amusement Park was the first amusement park built in the heart of the Kaduna City. Located along the Shooting Range New Extension, it is indeed the most visited place during celebrations such as Christmas.

It has wide lawns for relaxation, eateries, a swimming pool, and a terrace for couples who may choose to stroll hand in hand. The scenic view of the Kaduna River, which cuts across the park, is a pleasure to behold.

Kofar Gamji is also host to CD World Play Club, where comedians, dancers and other performers entertain guests.

5. Wonderland Amusement Park

This 330,000 square meters’ ultra-modern park located in Nigeria’s federal capital is unarguably the biggest and most equipped park in Nigeria.

The park offers leisure gardens for visitors’ recreation and rides as well as an amazing arcade. A visit to the Millennium Park would not be complete until one enters the popular Fulani Ranch that offers a variety of tasty local and intercontinental cuisines.

A host of other restaurants and shops are also on ground to cater for your needs while at the park. The park also boasts of a clinic for treatment of minor injuries.

With all these in place, you would be right to call the Millennium Park a fun haven.

So, if you are planning a family picnic, a group get-together or want to spend quality time bonding with your lover, then this park is highly recommended.

6. Yankari Game Reserve

This large wildlife park located in Bauchi State came into being in 1956 as a game reserve but was later turned into a national park in 1991.

The park covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometers and is home to about 50 species of wildlife such as lion, leopard, hippopotamus, antelope, elephant, and waterbuck as well as over 350 species of colorful birds.

The reserve equally boasts of a decent and affordable accommodation for visitors. If you visit Yankari this Xmas, don’t forget to take a deep in the warm spring. But remember always to guard your belongings against the baboons!

7. Oguta Lake Resort

Also, known as the lake of treasure, it is located in Oguta, a quiet town about 30 minutes’ drive from the ever-busy capital of Imo State, Owerri.

The most striking part of this park is the confluence of the Oguta lake which is blue in colour and the muddy Ulasi River, with both maintaining their unique colours.

Even an attempt to mix the two by scooping water from one to another will only leave a stain for a short while; this is better seen than read or imagined!

A deep into the Oguta Lake is also refreshing and safe as the lake is fresh water and does not harbor dangerous creatures.

For your pleasure, the resort equally features a golf course with 18 standard international holes, cruise boat services for that exciting sail you have always imagined, recreational park, standard lodging accommodation and excellent restaurant. It also allows you to enrich your knowledge of history by visiting relic of war constructed by the defunct Biafran Navy during Nigeria’s civil war.

8. Jos Wildlife Park

This 8 square kilometers park is arguably the most developed man made wildlife park in Nigeria.

It is a home to various wildlife species like lions, buffalos, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, horses, ostriches etc.

The park equally features various attractions like a superb restaurant, picnic pine forest, video viewing centre and so on.

9. Olumo Rock

This amazing granite rock used to be a place of refuge for the people of Egbaland in present Ogun State during intertribal wars in the olden days.

It has several spot caves, some of which are about 20 feet long and 25 feet wide. However, this rock has been modernized with elevator, eateries, and many more to serve as a tourist destination.

One can as well choose to take the staircase instead of the elevator to the top of rock. This serenity at the top of this rock is better experienced than told.

10. Port Harcourt Tourist Beach

Planning on a family vacation or picnic this Christmas, this amazing and scenic beach is the place to go.

The live performances of Cultural entertainers add to the fun.

The resort also offers restaurants and accommodation for all classes as well as sunbathing sites.


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  • kusanagi

    Please do more articles like this. It can’t always be corruption doom and gloom.

    thanks.

  • bigbang

    Show us video evidence of lion’s in Nigeria.

    • Rommel

      You have been told where to go and see lion,after you must have gone and non was found,then you can raise this point

    • Dejandon

      Go to Yankari

      • bigbang

        You don’t have video evidence?

  • Truthometer

    Sambisa forest is not listed. Why?

    • Julius

      lolz, u dey craze !

  • thusspokez

    2. Obudu Ranch Resort

    Where is this?

    This (for lack of words) ‘travel guide’ must have been written by a 5 year old. Visit the travel guide pages on any western or Asian website and read what proper travel guides look like. Gosh! The first-class mediocrity of Nigerians often make me want to cry or turn to alcoholic for consolation!

    • Fred Duke

      You’re free to fill this vacuum and profit from it.

  • Vika

    Is No 5 wonderland or millennium park? Editor, abeg proofread your articles before posting online. Wonderland is quite different from Millennium park.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    The sad thing about Nigeria is that for decades, we closed our eyes to other sources of revenue and mainly focussed on Oil and othr traditional crops to fund our economy! In the 70’s and 80’s, I remember Nigeria used to boast that they did not need tourists!

    Today, Nigeria and other oil producing countries such as Venuezala are reeling from the economic crunch out of reliance on oil to fend for her people’s needs; whilst countries such as Cuba, Mexico, Thailand and a few others have a highly developed Tourism industry from which they plough billions of dollars from annually. With what is described here, Nigeria’s Tourism industry is in the stone age! It is a shame that a country of 180 million people can only boast of what is presented here.

    Nigeria needs a comprehensive review of its approach to Tourism and foreign relations so as to be more productive, modernistiv and friendly. We can do more than this, I am sure.

  • Edward Osadebay

    Sad a report like this is not laced with quality pictures of these resorts. Pictures would have increase their appeals to most people.

  • EFFIONG ETIM

    BIG GRASING LAND BIG NEPOTISM
    Today you may say herds men are from outside Nigeria? is this not a fradulent coverup. are the cows foreign cows too.?

    You reject basic development in the quest of being relevant at the centre. Why the quest for federal or national cake? while Asian Tigers are thinking of world class achievements. This nepotistic and mentalilty will keep us poor forever. Even that mind set a armoured car riding senator is stillpoor. It shows up daily. If Car owners keep cars in their garages then cow owners should Keep their cow indoors in their own compound like our poultry.
    It surprises me that no association of cow owners have sponsored any a bill while third parties are tearing us apart to satisfy cow owners. There must be nepotism etc involved.

    You have to do you business like others do. .Buy grass for the cows. even Special grass/feed. sell your cows in the market after rearing them…. there in your own yard.

    . Like you are now buying scrap iron too. Globalization makes sense not normadism.Education is far better than hegimony.Why must you see this cake called Nigeria and want everything eaten up or shared. Everyone wants government to provide domestic needs.: You …You want Positions in ministries, scholarship, grassland, oil etc and wonder why Nigeria is called a geographical expresion. Where there is a struggle for dorminance by one thousand or more babels. A RAT RACE.?? leading us to no where.

    Jehovah :::Arise::: judge this babel of tongues and the wicked minds.