Idere Hills: my best hiking experience yet

Climbing down Idere Hills

This trip to Idere Hills ought to have happened in July but was put on hold due to the herdsmen crisis in Ibarapa. #safetyFirst… I sent messages to every member of the Nomadic community who had shown interest and everyone sent in their payments before the departure date.

Since the plan was to Travel down and return the same day, I ensured my best foot was forward as far as preparation is concerned.

We hit the road, and it was a smooth ride from Lagos through Abeokuta, Igbo Ora,  down to Idere Hills in Oyo state.

Road to Idere Hills

On getting to Igbo Ora, we caught a glimpse of the village celebrating “the world twins festival”

Igbo Ora
Igbo Ora is popularly known as the twins capital of the world due to the large number of twin births in the village.

We were soon joined by “pastor” who served as our guide for the day and he wasted no time in leading us towards the palace and later to the foot of the Hill.

Nothing prepared us for the magnificence of this destination.

At the foot of Idere Hills

We hiked for about 2 hours as we navigated different destinations, each with its magnificent view. We thought we’d seen it all until we go to the topmost part of the hill. It was as though God made this place to convince us about her sense of creativity.

Hiking Idere Hills

Tosin and Adebisi at Idere Hills Idere Hills Idere Hills Idere Hills

As the leader on this trip, I was responsible for everyone, so I had to call everyone’s attention to the fact that the day is far spent.

We needed to climb down asap if we really want to get into Lagos before nightfall.

This was the most difficult part of the day’s job because I had a hard time making everyone stop taking pictures and recording videos.

We finally got back into the coaster bus and it dawned on everyone how much hunger had in store

The rice and chicken with plantain were really nice. Each person had one liter of cold water and a bottle of orange juice each to go with.

The driver started the engine and we drove straight down to Lagos just the same way we had come

But only that this time, we all have conquered yet another destination and have learned a few more things like:

  • The fact that calabashes are actually plants. In fact, they grow like fruits
  • That Igbo Ora is the twins capital of the world and that
  • There are only a few destinations in Nigeria with more awe-inspiring views
  • Whoever is responsible for the design of the universe is the greatest

Quick tips on planning a road trip to Idere hills from Lagos:

  • Leave Lagos as early as possible (the latest should be 8 am)
  • Do not go through Ibadan. Go through Abeokuta instead
  • Wear comfortable clothes (esp. ones long enough to cover hands and legs)
  • Wear a hat to protect your face
  • Come with plenty of water
  • Have a backup for every provision (e.g food, transportation, etc)
  • Have fun

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Phillips Tunde is a graduate of economics from the university of Lagos; a repented introvert who’s done more days outside his family house than in it. He drinks Origin, loves fuji and barely watch movies.
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