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Date archive: September 2011

World Tourism Day 2011: Linking Cultures through Tourism

Yesterday, 27th Sepember marked the annual World Toursim Day (WTD) and the Egytian City of Aswan was selected to host this year’s celebration. At Naijatreks, we took the day as a moment to reflect back on our ventures so far across the Naija landmass and we have been greatly overwhelmed by the volume of our…

Enchanted by Port Harcourt’s Wildlife Park

It is a busy day at slaughter market. Buyers and sellers haggle over prices. The lurid smell of butchered meat embrace the air, its concentration increased by the heat from the Port Harcourt mid-day sun. The cluster of market stalls slopes down to a meandering creek smeared in the dark tones of the typical Niger…

Unusual Fauna in Unusual Places- Monitor Lizards in Igarra, Edo State

  During a recent visit to the Somorika Hills of Igarra area, Edo State, in south-western Nigeria, we happened upon a monitor lizard caught in a local trap near a river on the outskirts of Igarra town. It was quite a surprise to find such an elusive fauna in a basement (hard rock) terrain like…

Osun-Osogbo Festival: Renewing a Mystic Bond with the River goddess

“Omi ooo,Eri ooo,Ota o oooo… Olómo yoyo…”       Heavy footfalls rock the tarred road leading to the sacred Osun grove in Osogbo, south-western Nigeria. Engulfed in an aura of elation and anticipation, hundreds of worshippers clap and dance as they march behind Arugbá, Àdìgún Olósun and many Olósun priestesses, all clad in white apparels…

Travelling the Devil’s Elbows of Obudu Mountain

   Like the big rope belt on Bàbásàlá’s waist, a ‘silver-plated’ road winds up the slopes of a gigantic ridge on Obudu mountain, Cross-River State, Nigeria; along which a blue coaster bus slowly sails, appearing tinier than its enclosing shrubs. The rains have just subsided for a few months and the vegetation had been mending…

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