Wondering why I tagged it the most turned Northern part of Nigeria, because of its wealth in tourism and the establishment of Yankari Game reserve, One of the most popular tourist attractions in Nigeria.
Bauchi was my last stop and at this point I was only up for one more adventure. It seems like I have had the most adventure, and Bauchi has to do a lot to convince me that my it’s going to be worth it. And Yes! Bauchi did prove itself worthy. As we all know Bauchi is the state that host one of the most toured destination in Nigeria having both locals and expatriate trooping in everytime of the year.I know you already know but let’s list out top places to see in Bauchi shall we?
Top places to visit In Bauchi
- Yankari Game Reserve
is a large wildlife park located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It covers an area of about 2,244 square kilometres (866 sq mi) and is home to several natural warm water springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its location in the heartland of the West African savanna makes it a unique way for tourists and holidaymakers to watch wildlife in its natural habitat.
Yankari is best explored with Friends, being a solo traveller, I wished I had few of my friends on this trip with me.
It was near impossible getting to this destination by public transport, I’ve heard to get to this place it’s better to rent a cab but you know me Nah! I found a way.
Direction to Yankari Game Reserve.
From Bauchi central, take a bike going to Gombe park, Ask for busses going to Yankari Junction: fee 400naira.
From Yankari Junction to Yankari reserve, you’ll have to rent a cab going inside and if you’re lucky, you can join other people going in.
Entrance fee: Adult 2,000 Students Id card: 500naira. Cab fee cost :3,000 naira
Things to do In Yankari;
- Go on a Safari Tour: To rent the Safari car cost 6,000naira for the whole space but if you’re with friends or you are lucky to join any group going on tour, you can share the bill amongst one another. We were 12 on the day I visited, the 6k was divided by 12 and I ended up paying 400naira.
- Visit the Yankari Museum
- Go diving in the Yankari Wiki warm spring. Sadly I couldn’t because it was already dark by the time I was back from the safari tour that lasted 3hours.
- Gidan Madakin Palace
There was a man named Mallam Muhammadu Durugu popular known as Babban Gwanni( meaning the Expert ) was an architect who walked up to Gidan madakin in Bauchi and offered to build him a palace, a mighty palace that hadn’t been built before ever in the history.
He got the permission to go ahead and he built the gigantic Gidan Madakin Palace.
The man that was said to have no root was assumed to be a native of Zaria because he lived most of his life there. Babban Gwani is an expert who built 10000 of walls up north of which none of has no similarities. He was a man of great imagination and excellent creativity.
Furthermore,It was rumored that he was killed by the Emir of Zazzau who wouldn’t want him to build any other palace as beautiful as his in any other state.
Babban Gwani magical works which includes palaces and mosques can be seen all around Kano, Zaria, Katsina, Bauchi.
Kafin Madaki palace is a beautiful and gigantic monument in Bauchi, it was declared an ancient monument on February 16, 1995 by the National commission of on Museums and Monument.
This artistic building if well maintained will be a very good location for film producers, musical directors as a result of its ancient ambience.
The beautiful Gubi Lake.
The first destination to be explored was Gubi lake at about 6 pm when the sunset was just setting and it was a breathtaking view.
This is one of Bauchi biggest asset in tourism to attract tourist and travel enthusiasts to come visit year in, year out.
- Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb
if there’s one thing we have mastered in Nigeria Tourism, is keeping the memories of our Heroes Alive.
In Yoruba Land they will say it’s a taboo to say a tomb is beautiful but pardon me, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s tomb is a cutie in Bauchi.
Have you ever wanted to take a selfie with the dead. Hahahaha
I wanted to.
I believe we all know who the hero Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is , The first Prime Minister Of Nigeria.
Read is Biography here https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abubakar_Tafawa_Balewa
To hear the firsthand history of him, his early life and his contribution to Nigeria freedom, you should pay a visit to the tomb. Not only did I hear the history, I felt it.
It’s been an amazing year so far, documenting my travel journey on this platform.
I want to use this medium to thank my returning and New Subscribers for making it a productive year for me.
I wish to serve you better in the coming year and I hope my blog inspires you to travel more and most importantly explore Nigeria.
Always remember it’s not about the journey it’s always about the experience, the exposure and the fulfilment. Always go for it.
Looking forward to hearing from you about your travel escapades.
I remain your favourite Alarinka of Afrika, the number one Queen of road trips.
It’s at this point, I wish you all a joyful and fulfilled holiday. Have an amazing time .
Happy New year in Advance Family.