Visit To The Olumo Rock Tourist Destination
Olumo Rock is located in Abeokuta. It is historical with some interesting myths. Abeokuta is the capital of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, located on the east bank of the Ogun River. Abeokuta means ‘under the rock’. The original inhabitants of Abeokuta were the Egba people, who hid under the rock from 1830 to 1833 during inter-tribal wars in the 19th century. It is claimed that their suffering and wandering ended after the hideout under the rock.
Olumo Rock became a tourist site in 1976, and since then has been one of the most visited tourist destination in West Africa. It stands at 137 meters above the sea level. ‘Olumo’ means God molded. There are four stages climbing to the peak of the rock, the first stage having 122 steps. You can either go through the stairs or start climbing the rock from bottom to the top which is the ancient way of climbing and most interesting.
The first stage is the Panseke garden, where you get to see the Panseke tree whose
trunk has a shape that is said to look like a human face, and the Dogonyaro tree which
is medicinal. You can also see the cave where the Egbas hid out and others.
The view from the peak of the rock is quite fascinating and one can see the city of Abeokuta from a breathtaking viewpoint with some important places, one of which is the first church in Nigeria- Cathedral church of St. Peter built 1898. Also to see is the Baptist Boys High School, which was attended by prominent Nigerians like former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Fela Kuti.
Rock climbing is usually adventurous and fun. Olumo Rock is a place to visit, not a story to be told but to be experienced.