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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

A weekend road trip to the grandeurs of Ekiti State

A weekend road trip to the grandeurs of Ekiti State

All you need is a smart & highly motivated driver and a well maintained car with full tank for a long road trip. TAB

This was one of those 'what can I do this weekend?' except reading and working. Oh yes! I remembered that of all the South West States, I was yet to visit Ekiti. Then I recalled all the interesting stories my Dad had told me of therapeutic nature of Ikogosi Warm Spring, which happens to be in Ekiti State. 

Ikogosi warm spring is what you will call 'Gift of Nature'. It was definitely an unreal moment to witness the confluence of the cold spring and the warm spring. Research says that the warm spring has a temperature of about 70C at the source and 37C at the confluence. Wonders of God. I also learnt that a lion once mauled a care taker or visitor (can't remember which now) to death and subsequently, the resort stopped housing wild animals. I began to research on all that the State had to offer in terms of culture, history and attractions.

Then, I stumbled on Naijatreks (someone I call the pioneer of the modern tourism industry in Nigeria) who detailed his trip to another beautiful location in Ekiti called Arinta waterfalls. Gosh! his description made me fall in love with the place and I knew I had to visit the waterfall. Arinta Waterfalls is only 15-25mins from the Ikogosi Resort, tucked away by Mother Nature in Ipole Iloro. I was welcomed by an elderly man who informed me that I had to pay N500 as entrance fee. He was kind to educate and lead me to the place. After hiking for about 15mins, I saw the crystal clear waterfall standing graciously in front of me. Gosh! I was so excited. I was experiencing my 10th of the 20+ waterfalls in Nigeria. By now, you know I made the trip to Ekiti. :)

Well, with two attractions to visit, a trip to Ekiti state was a low hanging fruit; consequently, all roads led straight out of Lagos to Ekiti, where I could have a feel of the mysterious work of nature.

For now, pardon the quality of my pictures, I never knew a time will come when I will share my private trips and life with the world! :)

  The exit gate of Ikogosi Resort

The exit gate of Ikogosi Resort

  Kids from the community fetching water. There is a myth that the water cures skin ailment, aches, infertility, arthritis and hypertension

Kids from the community fetching water. There is a myth that the water cures skin ailment, aches, infertility, arthritis and hypertension

  Swimming pool at the Resort.  I was told it is the same natural water from the spring which flows into the swimming pool. I found a lot of locals enjoying a competitive swim.

Swimming pool at the Resort. I was told it is the same natural water from the spring which flows into the swimming pool. I found a lot of locals enjoying a competitive swim.

  The tour guide told me something about this tree which I can't remember. Kindly drop a comment if you know about this tree.

The tour guide told me something about this tree which I can't remember. Kindly drop a comment if you know about this tree.

  Looking for the source of the water. 

Looking for the source of the water. 

  Experts have said it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation

Experts have said it is a geological wonder to have such occurrence out of the same rock formation

  The meeting point

The meeting point

  The therapeutic confluence

The therapeutic confluence

 This is the lion's cage. Like I mentioned above, the resort no longer keeps animals and so the cages are abandoned. The snakes must be quite delighted to have a free house.

This is the lion's cage. Like I mentioned above, the resort no longer keeps animals and so the cages are abandoned. The snakes must be quite delighted to have a free house.

  Relaxation house for watching birds. Nah! I didn't go in there.

Relaxation house for watching birds. Nah! I didn't go in there.

  Outside the resort. Oh! Lest I forget, there is also a police state right opposite the resort.

Outside the resort. Oh! Lest I forget, there is also a police state right opposite the resort.

  The stadium and reception area

The stadium and reception area

  My apartment for a night at Ikogosi Resort

My apartment for a night at Ikogosi Resort

  Inside the room at Ikogosi Resort

Inside the room at Ikogosi Resort

  Views from the resort

Views from the resort

  Me just sad about the lack of maintenance culture we have in Nigeria

Me just sad about the lack of maintenance culture we have in Nigeria

  The beauty of Ekiti State called Arinta Waterfalls

The beauty of Ekiti State called Arinta Waterfalls

  I present Arinta Waterfalls with me trying to practise Yoga. 

I present Arinta Waterfalls with me trying to practise Yoga. 

  My tour guide at Arinta Waterfalls. He was more than glad when I was leaving and asked me to come back visiting :). Always threat the locals and your driver very well. #MajorKey

My tour guide at Arinta Waterfalls. He was more than glad when I was leaving and asked me to come back visiting :). Always threat the locals and your driver very well. #MajorKey

  Gosh! Such scenery at Arinta Waterfalls. The entrance gate

Gosh! Such scenery at Arinta Waterfalls. The entrance gate

  The road leading to Arinta Waterfalls from Ikogosi Resort. Quite commendable.

The road leading to Arinta Waterfalls from Ikogosi Resort. Quite commendable.

Final thoughts

Besides the chalets and swimming pool which is a stone throw from the confluence, there's not much at Ikogosi Resort. Like I earlier mentioned, Ikogosi Warm Springs resort and Arinta Waterfalls are quite close to each other, so I would recommend you visit both to maximise your visit to Ekiti State.

Please avoid night crawling or late night trips. There is hardly any street light and so the road at night is a complete horror. One pointer for people in power to fix.

If you ever consider staying at Ikogosi Resort, I would recommend that you go with a mosquito repellent to avoid stories that touch. For Arinta waterfalls, out of personal preference, I never go close to a waterfall for strange and unconfirmed reasons, I just strongly believe that there are always snakes in such places. 

Thanks for reading. Have you visited Ekiti State? What other destinations are there? Any significant festivals? Please do share with us. 

Margaret.

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