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Adventure in Nigeria | Climbing to the peak of Oyo State

Adventure in Nigeria | Climbing to the peak of Oyo State

They say the only adventure you'll regret are the ones you didn't take, so I plan to say "YES" to new travelling expereinces as much as I can possibly can

It was Friday and I realised that everyone had the weekend planned , except me. E gba mi o. Where do I go?! Taking a flight anywhere was out of the question (you already know why), so I had to cut my clothes according to my bank account… They say, make use of what you have. With a car, and enough zest to drive, the only ingredient left for a perfect trip was a travel buddy. Bless friends that make themselves available to you at little or no notice. That's how I rang up a friend and I asked if she was game for a road trip and hiking, and voila!, a road trip to Oyo State and Ogun State was sealed. There will be a separate post on the Ogun State adventure.

En route Oyo state….

Well, we set out at 8AM on Saturday morning and drove through Ibadan to Ado-Awaye town, near Iseyin. The road was fairly motorable but long. It felt endless and a bit quiet. Like the swans, we both must have been praying seriously in our hearts but maintaining a strong disposition. At some point we began to question google map and we wondered if we were on the right path. After driving for over three hours from Lagos, definitely there was no turning back.

After almost 5-6 hours of driving, we approached a town. Welcomed by humongous mountains on both sides of the road, with a sigh, we exclaimed, "finally we are at our destination"!  As we parked the vehicle, an elderly man walked up to us and warmly welcomed us, introducing himself as the tour guide. He advised that the sun was out and hence, hiking wasn't appropriate but that if we were prepared to proceed irrespective, he will guide us. I heard this same thing in Nasarawa (post for another day) but ain't nobody turning back after driving for that long. Energy level was high, we grabbed a bottle of water from the car and up the hill we went!.

The elderly guide provided us with hiking sticks and he briefed us about the history of the town and the mountain more specifically. He also mentioned that till date the town still reveres the mountain as a sacred place.

It took a total of one and a half hours of steep climbing to get to the top of the mountain. I estimate it takes roughly 500 steps to get to the summit. Note, this is not a trip for the fainthearted or the less courageous. Infact, my good travel buddy can testify to this as she took a bow after a few steps. *Hally, tongue out*

The mountain is famous for its suspended lake called the Iyake Lake. I understand that the Lake is one of the only two suspended lakes (the other being at Colorado, USA) in the world. There's a lot of myths and mysteries about the mountain. I will allow the pictures do some explaining. See below.

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

Completely the first 300 steps was a feat. Don't be deceived. The steps are 'hella' steep. 

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

The Ìshàgé ROCK (covered in white cloth)

This is the first significant thing you encounter on the mountain. There's a myth about this giant rock that has stood freely for centuries without support. The tour guide said the rock has spiritual powers and that people hoping for a miracle tie the white cloth around the rock after which their wishes come true, This is signalled by the cloth falling off the rock.

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

THE MANY MOUNTAINS OF AWO-AWAYE

This view can make you forget your worries. Check out Meggie, a prospective Gulder Ultimate Search participant. LoL

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

VIEWS FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

Now, the hike was worth it. What a charming landscape, definitely a photographer's dream. Still wondering if this is Nigeria or Rwanda with the branding of a thousand hills?! I know.....Nigeria is beautiful. 

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

FOOTPRINTS OF THE ELDERS

Similar to the footprints at Olumo Rock (Egba war hideout), the tour guide said these footprints are referred to as the Elephant foot prints. Could it all just be nature? Let me know what you think in the comment section?

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

THE Ìyàké LAKE

This is the reason why I journeyed to Oyo State. The lake is said to be the god of fertility and it grants wishes. The tour guide said if a person prays in his/her heart standing close to the Lake, those prayers will be answered. Why hasn't anyone prayed for Nigeria while standing close by?! Oh!, be guided, swimming in the Lake is prohibited.  It is believed that the person will drown.

 AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

AWO-AWAYE MOUNTAIN | The Ajala Bug

THE ELEPHANT TREE

Yaaaay. I made it to the top of the mountain. I understand that a tree fell and somehow its tangled trunk formed into an elephant's trunk. Hmmmm. So many mysteries here.

Thoughts on travelling to Awo-Awaye

I never realised some areas in the South West of Nigeria (especially Iseyin corridor) had some beautiful and conspicuous mountains. The numerous attractions on the mountain made the long trip and the painstaking hike worth it.

If you ever consider taking a trip there, please go through Abeokuta (it is a shorter and straight road) and not Ibadan. You will save yourself all the long hours I spent on the road.  

What an adventure. I almost turned back a couple of times...It was so worth it in the end!.

Would you love to visit? Have you ever visited Oke-Ado mountain? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you. Please share in the comment section.

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Margaret.

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