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Naijatreks | Sunshine on My Feet: Ikogosi Warm & Cold Springs, Ekiti

Sunshine on My Feet: Ikogosi Warm & Cold Springs, Ekiti

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I stretch my legs apart,
It forms a great divide,
Between two pristine and limpid shawls
Of enchanting warm and cold founts”


Like a new born baby, my left feet is romantically pampered; pampered by the mild fingerings of the warm spring, while a shoe of ceaseless tickles swallow my right feet as the cold spring flows by.

I am engulfed; engulfed in a halo of ethereal romance. A romance spelt by the letters of a sensual confluence- the confluence of naturally contrasting charges speeding up my blood stream, right from the toes of my feet, up to the strands of hair capping my bald head.


This romance with nature I feel; this lunch with nature is real. Real, not just anywhere, but somewhere; somewhere hidden at the feet of the massive and gorgeous Effon Ridge, robed in lush and verdant forest canopies. This ‘where’ is none other but the enchanting waters of Ikogosi Warm Spring.

Ikogosi is a sleepy town tucked at a unique corner of Ekiti State, south-west Nigeria. The massive Effon Ridge looms above the town, separating it from Ipole-Iloro enclave where the awe-inspiring Arinta Waterfalls reside.


At the warm spring resort, a large swimming pool fed by natural spring waters welcomes visitors. The cool and serene ambience preserved by thick forest canopies gives one a perfect experience. Beneath them lie the main attraction at the resort- warm and cold springs exuding from separate spring points in the quartzite rocks and cruising down naturally-terraced foot slopes of the ridge to form a picturesque confluence beneath a concrete causeway.

Quartzite boulders lie strewn everywhere, constantly laundered by the gentle flows. Fallen tree trunks bridge the spring channels, offering the forest squirrels free passage to all streams.

Beneath a pedestrian causeway the confluence of warm and cold streams lay. It is in this pool I stand and spread my legs; one in the warm part and the other in the cool part.



Geologists have proved the source of the warm spring to be a deep fracture in the basement, and that its source of heat is due to the normal geothermal gradient of the subsurface and not deep-seated mantle plume beneath the area.

White-clad tourist chalets pile up the slopes at a corner. Short pillars of blue and white lead up to the spring points where a protective structure is erected to avoid contamination of the water source. Derelict cages of the resort’s pre-existing zoo queue up in a forest nearby. So good to know the State government is planning to refurbish and repackage the resort and its facilities; so good to know that Ikogosi warm spring shall not only serve as an immediate source of domestic water for the people of Ikogosi town, but shall soon be an irresistible pull for both local and international tourist traffic, down to our country- this beautiful and lovely country, Nigeria.


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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at or

11 comments:' Jaycee (E.A)July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pmReply

Thanks. Now, I feel like packing my bags and going to this place. I’m amazed though about the protective structure erected to avoid contamination of the water source. I’m sort of proud, if I may, of the Nigerian Government in this case. One thing I wonder is about the “maintenance” over the years, or lack of it.

NaijatreksJuly 27, 2011 at 12:34 amReply

@ Jaycee….thanks for the note… You know am more than proud of Nigeria when it come to her wealth of tourist potentials…I sincerely dislike the construction of the structure at the spring points. I feel it sort of disfigures the perfect pristine look the spring is supposed to possess…anyways, let’s hope that the government’s plan to refurbish the resort sails through.' Adesewa CokerJuly 29, 2011 at 12:08 amReply

Ekiti State is sure full of potential…the new government must do as much as they can to take advantage of all that…they can’t afford to fail at that.' Abayomi OlaleyeJuly 29, 2011 at 12:15 amReply

I totally agree with Adesewa…the state has a lot of unharnessed tourism potentials' Tomisin OludaisiJuly 30, 2011 at 12:08 pmReply

sunshine on my feet! me likey…I want to go to Ikogosi and put my feet in the two waters at the same time…I hope I will experience that special feel you described oh! :)' Bode 4realAugust 2, 2011 at 9:32 pmReply

Nice one bruv…you make me wanna travel Naija from northmost corner to the southmost cranny :)

NaijatreksAugust 3, 2011 at 11:11 pmReply

@ Bode…thankss…I guess a trip across Naija is worth all its cost' Ibukun JasmineAugust 8, 2011 at 2:50 pmReply

Though, I’ve been there,but Ikogosi has dis indispensable feeling….I wanna be there again…Nice write-up bro…

Folarin KolawoleAugust 8, 2011 at 11:46 pmReply

@ Adesewa and Abayomi…yeah, am very sure the government is serious about upgrading Ikogosi Resort as well as the tourist attractions around the location.

@ Tomisin….loll…am sure you will.' RonaldSeptember 11, 2014 at 6:40 pmReply

I visited Ikogosi warm spring resorts last Friday and I must say, the atmosphere was astounding. Although I lost my mobile phone to the waters, I felt really happy visiting it and Ekiti for the very first time. The resort was well developed and modernised. It would not be arguable to compare the Ikogosi warm spring resorts to the Obudu cattle ranch in Calabar. In all, my experience in Ekiti state was unforgettable and perpetually remarkable. I would have loved to post some of the pictures i took, but like I said earlier, I lost my mobile phone to the waters of Ikogosi

NaijatreksSeptember 13, 2014 at 6:11 pmReply

@Ronald… sorry for the phone you lost. Hope you get another one soon. I am glad you had a great experience at the resort…trust me, it is worth much more than many phones!