Olumo rock is situated in the town of Abeokuta in Ogun state and is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Nigeria. At 137 meters above sea level the beauty of this old town can be seen from its peak. This area was originally inhabited by the Egba people who used the rock as a sanctuary.
In times of war, the Egba people would hide their women, children and elderly in a crevice in the rock. It was believed that olumo rock had powers to protect all those that inhabited it. This is how the city of Abeokuta got its name as it literally translates to “under the rock”
What you need to know about visiting Olumo rock
Of all the heritage/cultural sites I have visited in Nigeria, Olumo rock remains one of the best preserved and well kept ones.
There is a gallery in the grounds with a lot of breathtaking artworks but sadly photos are not allowed inside the gallery. After feeding my eyes with all the various beautiful artworks in the gallery, it was time to begin my climb.
Olumo rock tends to be crowded on weekends and towards the evenings. If like me you don’t like crowd then maybe get there earlier in the day.
There is a seat out at the peak of the rock. You can pack a light lunch and make it a picnic. A big shout out to our tour guide Mr Babatunde. He was kind and patient enough to help us with photos and videos.
Cost and Transportation..
I left from Ojota in Lagos State to the motor park in Kuto, Abeokuta. The trip cost N1200/person. From Kuto I boarded a bike to the rock in Ikija. This cost me N120 (I think I was overcharged)
Entrance fee is N700/per person.
If you have any questions or comments about Olumo rock please reach out to me and I will help you any way I can.