Last updated on January 28th, 2020; Published on April 25th, 2016
The new town of Idanre is what many might refer to as a sleepy town. I beg to differ. The city is not nearly as populated as any part of Lagos but it is buzzing with people and activities in its own rights. And its main attraction, the magnificent hills of Idanre, upon which the ancient city once was, is truly a sight to behold!
Oke Idanre is located in Idanre town, Ondo State. There are several legends surrounding the discovery of the town. One version tells the tale of a fleeing son of Ife who was left amazed by the sight of the hills once he arrived in the town. The name ‘Idanre’ was then coined from his words ‘idan ree’ which translates to ‘Amazing wonders’…
The actual age of the ancient city is not clear. I’ve read in some texts of it being 800 years old and in some others, a thousand. It’s probably safe to say that the ancient city has been in existence somewhere between 800-1000 years.
Hiking the steep steps of the hills to get to the ancient city is no child’s play, (we’ll worry about a cableway much later!) It takes all of 660 steps and then some to get to the top.
There are about five resting points, set 100 metres apart from each other along the way and believe me when I say that you’ll be ecstatic to see them!
Among the attractions atop the hill are the old primary school, constructed out of clay by missionaries in the early nineties, an old prison, a burial ground and the mysterious handwriting on the rock referred to as the ‘unreadable letters of the flood’.
Also up the hill, in the ancient city is the Arun River, which is believed to have healing powers and the Owa’s palace and courtyard.
Collage Top L-R – Old primary school, prison and burial grounds.
Bottom: L-R – The unreadable letters of the flood (Adiye kowe, Oyimbo kaati: a white man cannot decipher a chicken’s writing) and the Owa’s palace courtyard.
Even though the majority of locals have moved down the hill in favour of civilization, the ancient city is far from being abandoned as cultural practices and traditions are still actively observed by some of its people.
*Idanre hills is listed tentatively as a UNESCO World Heritage site.. For my trip, I went with a tour organized by Unravelling Nigeria. Read all about the trip here
My best experience from our trip to Lamu was sailing into the night on Jawad's dhow.
We got to experience a beautiful sunset cruise and a full moonrise onboard.
More on our Lamu experience on www.travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
As promised, details of our weekend in Amboseli is up on travelwithapen.com! Check it out via the #linkinbio and let me know what you think!
On a related note, who's watching #zoo on netflix? Is that show making you more paranoid about safaris and having pets or is it just me?
This lodge was hands down the best I've been to in Kenya so far. It was a huge highlight of our recent trip, I still can't believe how affordable it is.
My favourite part about it was the watering hole pictured here. Right from the lounge deck, we saw so many animals come through... herds of elephants, zebras, elands, giraffes, baboons, dik-diks came through while we were there. I almost didn't want to go into the park for a safari anymore!
We even saw cheetahs during our bush walk and heard lions at night from our tents!
Only a 4 hour drive from Nairobi, this serves as the perfect place for a (long) weekend away from the city and on my blog this week, I'll be writing about everything you need to know to plan your travels, should you want to visit.
In the meantime, you can catch up on highlights on my stories & ask me anything you would like to know in the comment section!
Walking through the maze of Lamu Town was quite the experience. Over the next coming days, I'll be sharing about our experience visiting Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town.
In the meantime, you can catch up on what we got up to on my stories.
I've never met a waterfall I didn't like 💙
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[𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬]:Hiking, Canopy Walkway, Wildlife Viewing
More details on travelwithapen.com #linkinbio
I met the last two Northern white rhinos on earth and it was quite the experience!
Thanks to the incredible work by the team @olpejeta and scientists around the world, there's hope that this species will be saved from extinction.
I'll be writing more about this trip on travelwithapen.com. In the meantime, you can check out the first installment of our weekend trip to Nanyuki - where we visited the magical Ngare Ndare forest and @olpejeta Conservancy 🇰🇪. #linkinbio