The distance was long, the time was short, but we wouldn’t be daunted by these, including the rugged slopes of Effon Ridge!
Five we were, friends we are and Easter Break 2011 it was. We set out to explore some of the natural wonders of South-West Naija and Osun-Ekiti-Ondo area was our target zone.
Fatigue rocked our knees, yet the beauty before us stood irresistible; a beauty mounted on the shoulders of Arinta Waterfalls- an assemblage of seven glorious plunges of crystal clear waters, naturally moored on the faulted slopes of Effon Ridge- a morphologically-Rugged corner of Ekiti State, Nigeria.
As we bathed beneath the first cascade, its chilly showers massaged our sweaty skins, bringing indescribable relief from the long journey to its location.
An aroma of freshness permeated the pristine canopies of the ridge top forests. It is the aroma of life, the aroma of green, the aroma of chlorophyll.
At some time, the deluge seemed to increase. Efe couldn’t endure the slapping force of the showers; he suddenly screamed and ran out from the plunge pool. We started laughing at him.
“Chicken, chicken….. old man like you dey fear water… water wey noh get enemy”. Amako jested.
Efe reluctantly ignored the jests and gladly reposed in the rivulet formed below the falls as he lazily plays with beautifully polished quartzite pebbles at the stream bed.
Like spell-bound men, we were held captive by the fascinating ambience at Arinta Waterfalls. We couldn’t find the energy to leave as the fun subdued every other form of motivation.
We finally braced up and took our leave when the firmaments announced the setting of the sun.
The sights and sounds of Arinta Falls will forever remain an open window in our hearts- a window into a world of unfathomable fun and excitement, the type which can only be offered by the gracious hands of nature.
(The full names and pictures of the travelers are withheld for privacy reasons).
Directions to Arinta Waterfalls:
Akure » Igbara-Oke » Ikogosi Ekiti » Ipole-Oloro Ekiti
Lagos » Ibadan » Ilesha » Igara-Oke » Ikogosi Ekiti » Ipole-Oloro Ekiti
Abuja » Lokoja » Kabba » Omuo-Ekiti » Ado-Ekiti » Effon-Alaaye » Ipole-Iloro Ekiti
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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole
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