A 10m plunge of raging limpid waters was recently discovered tucked away in a remote corner of Effon Ridge near the town of Effon-Alaaye, Ekiti State.
Gracious plunge of pristine spring waters, hard to miss yet so hard to find; lost for decades, now discovered and thrown in the lime light. Known records of tourist attractions in Ekiti State and the neighbouring Osun State with which it shares boundary along the great Effon Ridge, show Arinta Waterfalls and Olumirin Waterfalls as the only falls on the ridge. It’s nonetheless awesome to note that both waterfalls have greatly enjoyed an impressive tourist traffic from all over the country.
Recently, Naijatreks conducted an exploration along some parts of the enormous ridge and discovered a beautiful waterfall located about 10km North of Effon Alaaye, languishing away in a densely forested corner of the ridge. During the exploration, we sighted the falls from distance through the forest thickets but encountered a major daunting obstacle in getting to the site- a deep and flooded river. Our passion pushed us beyond this limit, and all members of the team had to roll up their jean and remove their boots to cross the river, thanks to the help of probing sticks. An attempt to locate the source of the falls proved daunting, due the ruggedness of the terrain. We believe the height of the plunge could be a major reason why it’s not been known by many locals; this is because the sound of the cascade only gets significantly noticeable in the rainy season when the volume of the water is very high. We decided to call the falls ‘Effon Waterfall’ since it is located close to the ancient town.
We hereby call on the new government of Ekiti State to take a keen look at Effon falls as another one of the numerous potential investment opportunities the state is blessed with. We shall be very glad to work with any interested investor who sees what we see here.
Videos of Effon Falls shall be posted on Naijatreks soon. Also watch out for our explosive post on ‘The wonders of Ekiti Countryside’.
This article was written by folarin
Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole’s photography and travel writing depict a passionate romance with nature’s endowments. He grew up in the small town of Akure, Ondo State. He is a travel writer, geologist, researcher and tourism activist. When not at work, he writes geo-scientific research papers and travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos, making videos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.