WHAT TO DO IN ABEOKUTA: MY VISIT TO OLUMO ROCK
It’s another adventure day!
Today, I’m talking about my trip to Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun State. My trip here was totally unplanned as my big cousin was in town and she really wanted a girls’ road trip so we woke up one morning and began our trip to Abeokuta.
The drive from Lagos to Abeokuta is about an hour 30 minutes or 2 hours max on a good day.
The first time I visited Olumo Rock, I was in primary school. I had wanted to visit again but there had been no opportunity. It was so exciting to listen to the tales of this rock all over again.
Entry Fee is N1,000 per person with parking fee at N300/N400. There are a lot of vendors who sell goods ranging from arts and crafts, Ori (Shea Butter), freshly tapped palm wine, clothes amongst many other things.
Olumo is actually derived from “Oluwalomo” meaning “God benevolently molded this rock for our refuge”
In the 19th Century, Olumo Rock served as a rock of offense and a fortress for the people of Egba Land where it housed the Egba warriors for 3 years. They hid in 5 rooms; 4 of which have collapsed with 1 still standing. You can still see the holes with which the residents ground pepper to cook.
There are also monuments honouring notable leaders that lost their lives including the Iyalaje of Egba Land.
The complete Climb on Olumo Rock without any shortcuts will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes. We had a tour guide; Mr Rotimi who’s been there for a number of years. He made the trip so much fun.
There is the option of using the stairs if you don’t want to climb in the event you come here with the elderly. The highlight of my day was the view from the top. It was so amazing to see the blue skies, the vegetation and just revel in the beauty of nature.
If you love nature, scenery with some peace and quiet, Olumo Rock is definitely for you ????
With Fiery Love,