See Photos of Naijatreks Trip to the Sacred Oke-Ado Mountains of Oyo

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Last Sunday, 29th June, 2014, Naijatreks took a group of amazing, beautiful and fun people on a trip to the Oke-Ado Mountains of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, south-west Nigeria.

We took off from Lagos at 8:00am, snaked our way through the ancient town of Abeokuta, to connect Abeokuta-Iseyin road and finally arrived at Ado-Awaye town at 10:30am. We first visited the home of Chief Aro Akintayo of Ado-Awaye, who narrated the history of the people of Ado-Awaye and their connection with the sacred mountain.

We left his house and tour guides led us to the mountain. The arduous hike up Oke-Ado Mountain and the descent, took a total of about 2 and a half hours, which featured stop-overs at numerous attractions on the mountain. When we got back to the foot of the mountain, we took off to Iseyin town, about 20 minutes drive up north from Ado-Awaye to see the dexterous Aso-oke weavers in the small town. It was an extremely refreshing experience.

See below some photos from the trip:

From Lagos through Abeokuta town…


Abeokuta road_Ogun River_Naijatreks – Lots of fresh farm produce set along #Abeokuta Road.

Abeokuta road2_Ogun River_Naijatreks – Fresh Maize, #Abeokuta Road.

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– Welcome to #Abeokuta town #Ogun River

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– Sugar cane and boiled corn seller, #Abeokuta town

Abeokuta town_egg seller_Naijatreks – Boiled egg seller #Abeokuta.

Abeokuta_railway_Naijatreks – Railway track, #Abeokuta

Ado Awaye road1_Naijatreks – Abeokuta-Iseyin road, leaping northwards into the skyline. (Notice the Oke-Ado Mountains riming the skyline).

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Welcome to Ado-Awaye town…

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– Peaking through the window at the majestic sacred mountains of Oke-Ado.

Ado Awaye town_Naijatreks – The sleepy town of Ado-Awaye.

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– The house of Chief Aro Akintayo, Ado-Awaye town.

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– Listening to the history of the Ado and Awaye people, narrated by Chief Aro and interpreted by Dolapo George of the Naijatreks Team.

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– We were given ‘a window into the history of the Ado-Awaye people’.

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Ado Awaye town6_Naijatreks – Chief Aro Akintayo of Ado-Awaye.

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Ado Awaye town8_Naijatreks – Taking a shot with Baba Aro ….Peace in Oke-Ado!


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– Welcome to the Sacred Oke-Ado Mountain which hosts the Iyake suspended Lake and many other amazing attractions.

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– Receiving final hiking instructions from Baba Adediran Adeseun, the custodian of the sacred mountain.


And the arduous hike starts HERE…


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– Sweating, savouring the glory of the soaring Sun and trying to catch her breath at the same time… hiking a steep mountain side can be tough!


Oke-Ado Mountain_Ado Awaye6_Naijatreks – Approaching Ishagi Rock Formation…

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– Beautiful snail, hiking its own way up the mountain… it may not get to the peak today, but sometime soon it will.

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– Hiking continues….climbing into the skies can be addictive.

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– Welcome to the enchanting Iyake Suspended Lake… A lake, held and lifted into the skies by the sacred hands of Oke-Ado Mountain.

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Tour guide: Aunty, take this water (fetched from the lake) and drink. It brings blessings.
Tourist Ibinabo: Drink what… Are you kidding me?

Oke-Ado Mountain_Ado Awaye9m_Naijatreks – Take and drink from the sacred waters of Iyake!

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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 info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.


enitoye@yahoo.com' emmaJuly 1, 2014 at 9:14 amReply

okay, i missed.

thanks for the pictures Folarin.

NaijatreksJuly 14, 2014 at 12:02 pmReply

@Emma…aww thankss

berrydakara@gmail.com' Berry DakaraJuly 1, 2014 at 9:48 amReply

Awwww, so cool! I hope I can come to the next one

NaijatreksJuly 14, 2014 at 12:01 pmReply

@Berry…please come ooo. 🙂

hassantee@yahoo.com' Taiwo HassanJuly 1, 2014 at 11:35 amReply

Wow! Lovely photos… wish I made it to the trip. I’ve submitted my email to your travel list. Looking forward to the next trip.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:15 pmReply

@Taiwo Hassan…thanks Hassan. we received the notification of your email submission. You will be notified of our upcoming trips soonest.

husseinkay@yahoo.com' FreezeJuly 1, 2014 at 11:36 amReply

Nice Pictures…i missed such fun because of work…hope to be on the next trip too…Great job Naijatreks…

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:14 pmReply

@Freeze… Awww. Thanks for the compliments. It will be awesome to have you on our future trips. Please try and take time off work ok.

gee4greg@yahoo.com' Gregory P.July 1, 2014 at 11:37 amReply

This is nice. Will like to go on the next trip too. I just need a break from my endless cycle of work life. Gosh!

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:13 pmReply

@Gregory… kindly drop your email contact on the “travel with us” text box on the side pane of the website.

lilqueen@gmail.com' Lilly QueenJuly 1, 2014 at 11:49 amReply

I actually saw you guys in front of Chicken republic at Ajose Adeogun early that morning. I like the organization of the trip…will definitely go on a future trip.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:13 pmReply

@Lilly Queen…Oh great, thanks Lilly. We will love to have you on board 🙂

larrahromire@hotmail.com' LaraJuly 1, 2014 at 11:59 amReply

That aerial view of Abeokuta giving me life right now…sure you guys all had fun.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:04 pmReply

@Lara…Awww, glad to know that Lara. yeah, we sure had fun. We will love to have you on one of our upcoming trips.

tytigg@yahoo.com' AnonymousJuly 1, 2014 at 12:00 pmReply

Omg! I can imagine what was going through Tourist Ibinabo’s mind when that guy pointed that bottle to her….hahaha which kind yeye water be dat? make person come carry typhoid, all the name of tourism lmao

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:11 pmReply

@Anon12:00pm…. loll…we were soo lucky to capture that scene. loll

frnkeert@yahoo.com' Franklin Oros.July 1, 2014 at 12:14 pmReply

Nicee photos. Nice and innovative way of show casing Nigeria. Keep it up Naijatreks

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:10 pmReply

@Franklin… Thanks 🙂

luk@luk.com' John FurphJuly 1, 2014 at 12:33 pmReply

This is an amazing exploration. Classy ancient locations in the aged big city. Won’t mind spending my next vacation on a trip with you guys instead of my usual Dublin trip.


NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:09 pmReply

@John Furph…Great! please notify us ahead of time so that we can plan a great vacation for you. Nigeria is not as dangerous as the media presents it to the outside world. Thanks for stopping-by.

lukkman@luku.com' Lukman Phd.July 1, 2014 at 12:44 pmReply

This is a lovely geta away and a different way to unwind from this Lagos stress. Am interested.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:08 pmReply

@Lukman phd…kindly submit your email through the text-box provided on the side bar of this blog, so that you can be notified of future trips.

abolore.muraina@yahoo.com' LMJuly 1, 2014 at 2:35 pmReply

I was privileged to be on the trip and it was an awesome experience. Thanks Naijatreks! Pls let’s do this again and again. N.B the lake is even more beautiful than the pic, who knew Naija had such beauty.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:07 pmReply

@LM…awwww..thankss. We ware definitely organizing more trips before year ends.

dolapoapata@yahoo.com' Dolapo(male)July 1, 2014 at 6:50 pmReply

Well i was a part of this , and I can do this over and over again . Thumbs up to Naijatreks. Nigeria is beautiful.

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 5:06 pmReply

@Dolapo…It was great having you on the trip. Am sure everyone on the group will love to travel with you again 🙂

dppseole@yahoo.com' Ijebu BoyJuly 1, 2014 at 11:06 pmReply

So, some people can leave the comfort of their homes to go and climb a mountain with all these Boko Haram bombings going on in Nigeria. Na wa o! Una get time sha

NaijatreksJuly 10, 2014 at 4:42 pmReply

@Ijebu boy…well, yes, we know our country is presently facing some serious challenges, however, we will not wait till when these challenges are solved before we take the leap of courage to explore and market the potentials of the country. It is fun and it is greatly rewarding..however, we are also very careful of where we go..we do detailed planning and are always very watchful on our trips.

olawaleade@gmail.com' Olawale AdekanmbiJuly 2, 2014 at 2:03 pmReply


anenetochukwu@yahoo.com' TochukwuJuly 11, 2014 at 1:13 pmReply

Lovely photos,,,,plsssss i wanna join the next trip……notify me

a.onyeonoru@gmail.com' AkaomaJuly 14, 2014 at 4:28 pmReply

Hi Folarin,
It was a really good experience and I would go over and again.
Which brings me to my next question – how far with the Ondo trip this month?


NaijatreksJuly 15, 2014 at 10:06 amReply

@Akaoma…It was so awesome to have you on the trip. You brought so much fun to the group 🙂 Please see the details of the upcoming trip to Ondo-Osun HERE

kehindeajetunmobi@gmail.com' KennyJuly 15, 2014 at 3:10 pmReply

Awesome job team! Unfortunately had to be out on this one. Definitely looking forward to the next trip.
Ondo-Osun. Here I come.

NaijatreksJuly 15, 2014 at 6:45 pmReply

Thanks Kenny 🙂 It will be cool to have you on the upcoming trip to Ondo-Osun. Kindly see the details of trip HERE and pls book your space as soon as possible ‘cos we have limited seats.

efe.kragha@gmail.com' BuffyJuly 15, 2014 at 4:19 pmReply

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!!! Kinda got bored of the usual Lagos life, but i have been discouraged to embark on such adventures because of the horror stories one hears. Was hoping to make the last one. Looking forward to making the next one! Awesome stuff Folarin!

NaijatreksJuly 15, 2014 at 6:48 pmReply

Trueeee! Every-day work life in Lagos can be boring after sometime. Everyone of us sure needs this type of get-away from time to time…especially when you have people of like-minds on the travel group. Thanks for the comment Buffy!!

bolaji920@gmail.com' BeejaySeptember 12, 2014 at 6:11 pmReply

I’m really astonished and happy about the way you guys are making it possible for Nigerians to go on trips or vacation like these. I wasn’t even aware that trips like these existed in Nigeria. It’s a really good concept and I’m definitely signing up for one of your trips whenever I visit Nigeria. I just have one question i’ve you ever heard of Iya mopo rock in Igbeti (Oyo state) ? I think it can also be an interesting destination to take people to.


NaijatreksSeptember 13, 2014 at 6:11 pmReply

@Beejay…Thanks so much. We are also amazed to see how Nigerians embrace travel and recreation. We hope to have you on one of our trips too.

bolaji920@gmail.com' BeejaySeptember 12, 2014 at 6:11 pmReply

I’m really astonished and happy about the way you guys are making it possible for Nigerians to go on trips or vacation like these. I wasn’t even aware that trips like these existed in Nigeria. It’s a really good concept and I’m definitely signing up for one of your trips whenever I visit Nigeria. I just have one question i’ve you ever heard of Iya mopo rock in Igbeti (Oyo state) ? I think it can also be an interesting destination to take people to.