On my last blog post, I hinted that I was going to visit Olumo Rock with my friends on Saturday and guess what, we did go!!!
It was a fun experience and I am going to detail it all down below.
- Transportation- If you are familiar with the road, then you can drive as it is about 1hr, 45 mins drive from Lagos. It is not a straight road at all as there are turns to make and missing any can be frustrating so be sure you know the route well, or you go with someone who does. If not, drop your car at home and take the public buses or cabs. Myself and friends paid about N800 each from Oshodi (under bridge), Lagos to Abeokuta. Once you alight from the bus at Abeokuta, you can pick a cab or bike for N200 per person right to the entrance of the tourist site.
- Gate Fee- We went on a Saturday and paid N1,000 as the gate fee per person. That qualifies you to view the Museum gallery etc at the venue. Children pay a lesser amount than adults and if you are coming in groups, the fee is also lower. We met about 5 different schools with a large number of students at the site that day. There were also foreign tourists as well as friends who took the trip together just like us.
- The Gallery- This had quite some nice African pieces and artwork that had good prices on them. From jewelry to bags to paintings, they were available for immediate purchase at the gallery. Payment can be made for items using POS or transfer or cash.
- Feeding-There is a cafeteria inside the venue that sell really tasty food.We ate white Amala and Ewedu and I must say it was really tasty. There was rice also and it tasted really nice. However, their food gets ready from about 10am and finishes around 2 or 3pm. The cost for the Amala and Ewedu was N600 while Rice was N700. Water was sold at N100, same with soft drinks. I must state that before climbing that rock, you need food. Eat a hearty meal because you will definitely need it! Also take a bottle of water along as the weather and climbing will get your throat parched.
- Tour Guide- While you might think that you will find your way around easily, I would advise that you go with a tour guide. A tour guide can be very useful in making sure you pass all the routes and see all the corners of the rocks. Also, a tour guide can assist with snapping of pictures while you climb the rocks especially at those places where you cannot hold your phones, lolz. Our tour guide was really helpful, took us through the ancient path, the caves, the old priestess shrine, snapped most of the pictures we took and showed us the path back to the foot of the rock before leaving. We gave him a tip of N2,000 and he went on his way after we got to the peak of the rock.
- Return Journey- We stayed at the peak of the rock for about an hour plus taking pictures and enjoying the view and then made our way back using the stairs this time. Following the stairs, there were also corners that were picture worthy and we did justice to that, lolz. It took us almost 1 hour coming down as there were still areas to view.
When we got down, we got back into the cafeteria and took water and drinks, then called our cab man who we collected his number after he dropped us off that morning. We left for Kuto park where there were buses headed to Lagos. We paid the cab man N200 per person.
From Kuto park, buses going to Lagos were charging N800 per person. We left Abeokuta at about past 4pm, and arrived Lagos at almost 6pm. In total, it was a journey of about N5,000.
It was an enjoyable experience and its memories etched in my mind forever. Take that trip today, have fun and keep reliving the experience!
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