The Okomu Forest Reserve is a forest block covering an area of 1081 km² in Edo State, about 50 km west of Benin City, Nigeria.
Its Park lies within the reserve. The park holds a small part of the forests that once covered the region, and is the last habitat for many endangered species.
A survey of useful medicinal plants of Okomu Forest Reserve was undertaken and a total of 60 species of plants comprising of 50 leafy plants and 10 mushrooms were identified and recognized to be useful in native health care services by inhabitants of various communities in the South-South of Nigeria.
Different southern Nigerian communities show not only individual characteristic dialect, culture and therapeutic practices involving the application of ethnomedicinal plants but also share common indigenous folk knowledge of what plant is used for the treatment of which ailment.
At Okomu, different animal species can be found such as African forest elephant, African Buffalo, Chimpanzees, Dwarf crocodiles, Mona monkey, Warthog and lots more. Over 150 species of birds like grey hornbill, fish eagle, Angolan putta, can also be found at the park.
Things to take with you:
A camera, petty cash, sunglasses, hat, drinking water, comfortable hiking shoes, your overnight kit and a safari kit.
When is the best time to visit?
The park can be visited at any time of the year. However, call the contact to book your trip and tour slot. The park is quite a distance from major cities like Lagos so an overnight trip is best.
How to get to the park
Located in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo state, the park lies about 50km west of Benin City. The drive from Lagos takes about 4 hours.
Where to lodge
Visitors can stay at chalets built on stilts, just outside the park entrance, surrounded by big trees that are often occupied by Mona monkeys. The Okomu Eco-tourist resort, located within the park, offers modern tourist facilities like its 12 chalets and 3 family apartments, swimming pool, cosy restaurant and a mini conference centre. If not your style, you can opt for a hotel close by.
Fun things to do on your visit
If you are an animal and nature lover, Okomu National Park is just the place for you! You can:
- Climb the treehouses to get a great view of the park’s landscape
- Try out the park’s canopy walk
- Go birdwatching
- Go fishing in any of the two rivers in the park
- Go for a forest walk and spot amazing animals along the way