Tour of Yoruba lands

Tour of Yoruba lands

Nigeria is a huge country in terms of area, but it is also huge in terms of population: it has the largest population in Africa, a whopping 223 million people, spread across countless ethnic groups. Each ethnic has its own language and culture. The largest and most important of the ethnic group are the Yoruba, a group of 49 million people who can be seen and heard everywhere. Join us as we explore the culture and habitat of the Yoruba people as we travel from Lagos to the Yoruba heartlands of Abeokuta, Osogbo and Ife. We'll also see beautiful nature in the Idanre hills.

If you join the trip around mid-August, the trip includes participation in the annual Osun Festival.

Day 1

Arrival in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. We pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can already visit the "floating slum" of Makoko today, also known as the "Venice of Africa", as it is partly built on stilts in the middle of the lagoon and the slum is mainly navigated by boat. Accommodation in a 3-4 star hotel. All hotels on our trip are safe.

Day 2

Lagos is the fourth largest city in the world and the largest in Africa, a huge megalopolis of 26 million people! The city is built on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea along lagoons and islands – without control, which is why the city lost its capital status to Abuja. Because of its size, getting from one place to another is not always easy, so the order of the day's visits depends on the traffic situation.

If a visit to the Makoko slum was not possible on the day of arrival, we will visit today. We are also scheduled to see a piece of a different kind of Lagos – the 78-hectare Lekki Nature Reserve, where we will see wetlands, savannah, crocodiles and especially monkeys. We will also visit the Nike Art Gallery and the Kalakuta Republic Museum, home of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti (1938–1997). We also see Fela Kuti's grave in the museum's courtyard. During the day we will also visit one of the main markets, Balogun Market. We will reserve the opportunity to visit Balogun until the following morning. Accommodation in a 3-4 star hotel in Lagos.

Day 3

If we didn't have time to visit the Balogun market the day before, we'll go there first thing in the morning.

We drive just over two hours to Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, home town of President Obasanjo, who led Nigeria from 1999–2007, where we visit the Presidential Library, whose mission is to "deepen democracy". The former president got the idea from the United States. We learn about the history of Nigeria and the life of President Obasanjo. In Abeokuta, we will also visit Olumo Rock, a tall rock formation. In the 19th century, it served as a fortress during tribal wars and is said to symbolise strength. Accommodation in Abeokuta at a 3-4 star hotel.

Day 4

Today we visit the Osun-Osogbo sacred grove on the Osun River in Osogbo. The grove is part of an ancient forest, of which there is not much left in Nigeria. The grove is home to Osun, the Yoruba god of fertility. The grove is home to numerous shrines, altars, sculptures and other works of art dedicated to Osun and other Yoruba gods. We will also meet the priests and priestesses of the Yoruba religion, who act as intermediaries between the gods and living people. The priests and priestesses are able to cure diseases, help women suffering from infertility and even predict the future. Susanne Wenger, an Austrian woman who died in 2009 and lived in Nigeria for decades, was one of the priestesses of the Yoruba religion and we will visit her house.

The sacred grove is an important part of the Yoruba identity. With a population of 49 million, the Yoruba are the largest ethnic group in Nigeria. The grove hosts an annual festival in August that brings together thousands of people, which we will attend if you decide to travel around mid-August. Accommodation in a 3-4 star hotel in Osogbo.

Day 5

Today we are driving 2.5 hours to Ife, a city of half a million people. The town plays a significant role in the history of the Yoruba people: according to legend, in the 1300s a woman called Moremi Ajasoro saved the town from an attack by the Igbo people. We visit the statue of national hero Moremi Ajasoro, which at 12.8 metres is the tallest in Nigeria. If possible, we will also visit the palace of the traditional king of Ife.

From Ife, we drive 2.5 hours to the Idanre hills in Ondo State, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Nigeria and a future UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural values – several shrines, burial mounds and the palace of the Owa, the king of the plains. At the end of the day, we will drive to Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State. Accommodation in a 3–4 star hotel.

Day 6

In the morning we drive to the hot springs of Ikogosi. Here we see two springs, one of which is actually cool and the other about 70 °C. When the waters of the springs meet, the temperature is about 37 °C. From the springs, we return about 4.5 hours back to Lagos where we can take you either to the airport or to your hotel.

General information about the tour

Price: inquire with us

The price of the trip includes:

  • All accommodations
  • All transfers (including airport transfers)
  • All entrance fees
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Bottle water
  • Visa invitation if the customer wants to obtain a visa from the embassy. However, we recommend our visa on arrival service, which avoids the need to send passports and forms abroad. We can arrange your visa to the airport without any commission. You only pay us the cost of the visa and the fees required by the authorities in advance. The cost of the visa varies according to nationality.

Not included in the price:

  • Meals
  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs and tips