6 Places You Should Visit in Oyo State

Oyo, Nigeria’s pacesetter, is located in the country’s south-western region. It is home to natural wonders such as suspended lakes as well as numerous “firsts” in Nigeria and Africa, including Nigeria’s first university and Africa’s first skyscraper.

So, if you enjoy adventure and want to explore nature, below is a list of locations to visit while in Oyo.

1. Oke-Ado Mountain and Iyake Lake

These are in the town of Ado-Awaye. Ado-Awaye town is a small town in Oyo that is becoming a major tourist attraction because to the Oke Ado mountain and the suspended lake – a body of water on top of a mountain.

If you appreciate adventurous hiking, you can just follow the way of the Oke Ado mountain and then relax at Iyake Lake.


2. Mapo Hall

Mapo Hall is a colonial-style city hall in Ibadan located at the summit of Mapo Hills. Captain Ross commissioned this hall in 1929, and Robert Jones was the primary building engineer.

Mapo Hall is the ideal location for a stunning view of Ibadan’s brown roofs. Because of its antique architectural style, it is also an excellent location for photographs.


3. Irefin Palace

Irefin palace
Photo credit: Folu Oyefeso

This is a historic building from 1902 that is supposed to be owned by an Ibadan royal family.

This palace has 185 rooms created in various styles for various functions such as judgment, conflict resolution, and other traditional customs.

Irefin Palace is home to a number of traditional and cultural treasures. You can go to this palace to see a historical landmark.


4. Amala Skye

Amala Sky
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Ibadan indigenes are famous for their love of ‘abula’, amala, ewedu, and gberigi. So tasting these delicacies in Amala Skye will be a pleasant experience.

Amala Skye is Ibadan’s number one great destination for cuisine. It is well-known for its delectable soups and dishes. Try the amala at Amala Skye and thank me later.


5. IITA forest reserve

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) forest reserve is a must-see for anybody who enjoys nature, wildlife, and a peaceful environment.

An urban forest nearby provides a home for diverse animals and medicinal plants. You can simply wander around this reserve to enjoy the lovely scenery and tranquil environment.


6. Bower Tower

Bower Tower
Photo credit: Folu Oyefeso

The 60-foot tower with 47 spiral staircases offers a spectacular perspective of Ibadan.

Bower Memorial Tower was built and named after Captain Bower, who was ordered by the British Empire’s Matriarch to put an end to the hostilities between the Yoruba tribes.

The top of Bower Tower is the ideal location for a stunning view of Ibadan.

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