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
La Digue was my favourite of 3 Seychelles Islands I visited. Why? It was small enough to walk around in, there are more bikes than vehicles, it has beautiful hiking trails and of course, gorgeous beaches. These were my favourites in order of my preferences:
- Anse Patates
- Anse Cocos
- Anse Source D'argent
- Anse Pierrot
- Grand Anse
- Anse Severe
- Petite Anse
- Anse Songe
- Grand L'anse
Many people visit La Digue as a day trip from other islands. I definitely think it's worth spending a full day or two on the island.
On my blog, I will be sharing my 3-day itinerary and recommendations on how to spend your time in La Digue. If you'd like any specific information, please leave them in the comments and I'll include it in upcoming posts. 💙
Hello Seychelles! 😍 Your shakara is too much sha but I understand.
𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠 + 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧, 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 (𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐) 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨.
1. Valid passport
2. Return flight ticket
3. Yellow Fever Certificate (for travellers from at-risk countries)
4. Travel Insurance (with coverage for Covid-19). I got mine through SafetyWing @nomadcities and can recommend them for their swift service
5. Confirmed accommodation bookings for your entire stay
6. Vaccination Certificate - to be considered fully vaccinated, you should have taken the complete shots of your vaccine type and a booster.
7. Otherwise, you need a PCR or Antigen test
8. Health Travel Authorisation: You need all the docs above to apply for one. It costs €10
9. Finally, you need patience, lots of it - particularly if you're an African (solo) traveller. See the linkinbio for context.
Seychelles is visa free for all Nationalities, including Nigerians. Getting past immigration *can be* daunting but once you're in, you'll find that it's a little slice of paradise on earth.
𝐏𝐒:I've begun sharing my experiences on 3 Seychelles Islands on my blog. Check it out for travel tips and inspiration to visit!
Me 🤝🏼 posting pictures from trips I took years ago!😌
Happy almost first anniversary to this photo from a trip to Lamu. I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide about this trip and our time on the Island. Check it out if you plan to visit and let me know what you think!