Last updated on March 22nd, 2017; Published on June 30th, 2016
I recently took a whirlwind tour to explore some parts of South-Western Nigeria. It’s safe to say I have a fair idea of what a hangover feels like. I sometimes like to travel fast but this was on another level. I returned home with a bad stomach and a splitting headache. But like a hangover, the events leading up to it were absolutely worth it!
My journey began late on day one. I was supposed to leave Lagos at 7am but ended up leaving at about 1:30pm due to circumstances beyond my control. Naturally, I arrived at my first destination in Ibadan late and made a sprint for the Cocoa House.
This 24-story building was once the tallest building in Nigeria, built entirely from proceeds gotten from – you guessed it – Cocoa. Today, it houses different business ventures as well as the Odu’a Museum and Hall of Fame. Visiting the museum was an absolute delight.
Unfortunately, like most museums in Nigeria, pictures aren’t allowed inside and I’m a stickler for the rules :). Anyway, this is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Ibadan. I have been to a few museums in Nigeria and I have to say, this comes out top on the list.
The displays were spot on and the curator who gave us a tour was so passionate about his job. He talked about each of the displays telling us stories and the history behind them. One of the things I remember most was him showing us a small pot that was used to hold a charm to make one light and almost invisible.
And then one of the guys on the tour said his grandfather once told him that he (the grandfather) walked to Saudi Arabia using this charm. All I could think of was, this has got to be commercialized! I also loved the Yoruba folk music that kept playing in the background as we moved through the galleries.
Lastly, we got a pretty cool view of the city of Ibadan and its famous brown roofs from the pent house of the building before bidding Oyo State goodbye and heading off to our next stop.
We arrived at a place called Erio-Ekiti about two hours and several bad roads later. Tired and hungry, I was more than happy to call it a day. I got a little rest and prepared to do it all over again the next day!
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 💙
Planning to Visit 𝐍𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐍𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐞? Here are some tips to help...
[𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭]: During the dry season (June to October and December to March). We visited in March.
[𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 & 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐬]: Residents and Kenyan adult citizens pay 𝐊𝐬𝐡𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟎 pd while non-resident adults pay 𝐊𝐬𝐡𝟒𝟎𝟎𝟎. Children pay half the adult prices. In addition, there is a Ksh1000 guide/ranger fee and a Ksh500 car entry fee per group
[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