A bizarre adventure in Nasarawa State
"Adventure is worthwhile" - Aesop
Few days before I set out of Lagos to Abuja for a meeting, I came across Motley travel tour's post on Instagram about a group tour to Nasarawa state. I knew that was one of the states in Nigeria which I will only be able to visit with a group. This was going to be my first group travel and so I was apprehensive about it.
After carrying out some due diligence about the state and each of the tourist location, I contacted Mark, the Founder of Motley. I asked him all manner of questions. He attended to my every request; assured me of security, safety, personalised hospitality and fun. He was more than helpful and that gave me some level of comfort.
We left Abuja on Saturday morning and it was a fun ride all through to Nasarawa. Our first stop was the hotel, Kini Country, which was fantastic. We checked in, freshened up and set out for the adventure. Nothing I read online or heard prepared me for the level of adventure I had embarked on. Anyways, we set out to the Massenge, where the Farin Ruwa waterfall sits pretty. Do you know Nasarawa was created from Jos 1st October 1996? I only found out on the trip.
Truth be told, the journey to the waterfall is only for the brave and adrenaline junkies, it was tough mehn. I contemplated turning back a couple of times. I actually kept murmuring that "I didn't tell my folks I was going on a life threatening journey". LoL. Okay, it wasn't that bad but I was dramatic.
After taking a bike on an unpaved motor road akin to grazing route for almost one hour and hiking for another hour, I saw the magical white water fiercely staring at me. I quickly forgot the stress I had gone through and I screamed out of excitement. Gosh! It was a moment worth the adventure.
Quickly, we all rushed to have a feel of the water. It was cold and sort of therapeutic. I threw in my bottle of water and after a few minutes, it came out chilled. Wow! God is great, I thought to myself. We ate (with the locals joining in), danced and chatted. We chilled for about two hours or so and head out. Returning back felt easier as we were descending as opposed to ascending. In all, I was more than glad I embarked on the journey with very matured people.
The Journey to Nasarawa from Abuja
Kini Country Hotel
Courtesy Visit to the Mama community
Trip to the Farin Ruwa Waterfall
I understand FarinRuwa waterfall is the highest fall in Nigeria. It is similar to Victoria falls in Zimbabwe during the raining season, when all the rocks are fully covered with white water. The water drops from a height of almost 500fts as compares to victoria falls which is about 350fts.
Trip to Mada Village
The next morning, before we set out to Abuja, we tried to go hiking at Mada hills. There is a myth that if you cry of taste or hunger while hiking Mada hills, the spirits of the hill will respond immediately. The locals claim they have experienced it and seem to hold fast to this myth. Well, we got there late and were advised by the village head not to hike. What a welcomed advice as I was still exhausted from the Farin Ruwa adventure. His reason was that hiking the mara hill is better done first thing in the morning due to the dry and harsh weather.
Memories for a lifetime. Did I mention we had more than enough to eat and drink. Yes, Motley tours did excellently well! I can sometimes be a handful to manage but I returned to base with zero complains. Motley tours kept to their promise. Well done Mark.
I look forward to returning to the state to learn more about the major tribes in Nasarawa and the development areas amongst other interest.
First, get your mind prepared
Preferably go in a group
Wear proper hiking gear
Balm up with insect repellent
Carry loads of food and drinks because you will need to refuel
Prepare to pay twice as much for the 'okada' ride
Come prepared to give back to the community.