A few months ago, I went on a group tour to the Erin Ijesha Waterfall in Osun state with Tourmates by AdaTheExplorer a few months ago and had the opportunity to explore the centre. What about the Erin Ijesha waterfall? you may ask, I am happy to share my experience with you and share some of my learning experience with you.
Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls (also known as Olumirin waterfalls) is located in Erin-Ijesha. It is a tourist attraction located in Oriade local government area, Osun State, Nigeria. The waterfalls were discovered in 1140 AD by one of the daughters of Oduduwa. There are also sayings that “Olumirin waterfall was discovered by hunters in 1140 AD”. Another source has it that the tourist site was discovered by a woman called Akinla, founder of Erin-Ijesha town and a granddaughter of Oduduwa, during the migration of Ife people to Erin- Ijesa. Source: Wikipedia
Here are some exciting things to know about Erin Ijesha Waterfalls, just in case you are interested in visiting:
- The falls is about 5 hours drive from Lagos, all thanks to the bad roads, they might be in better shape when you are visiting
- Gate fee into the tourist centre ranges between N500 ($1.38) – N1000 ($2.76), you can also go with your cameras and other recording devices
- There are 7 grounds in the waterfalls and takes about 3 hours to climb through the floors. It is also advisable to go with a tour guide
- SECURITY Warning: Do not accept drinks or gifts from anyone while on tour of the Erin Ijesha waterfalls, the Chief Security Officer of the tourist centres warns that tourists
- Interesting fact: There people living in between the hills at Erin-Ijesha waterfalls and tourists may get missing if care is not taken
Visiting the Erin Ijesha waterfalls is more fun when you go with groups
Have enough water and energy boosters with you before attempting to climb the hills, it is not for the faint-hearted
If you have a phobia for heights, do not attempt to go past the first ground
- You can go with a change of clothing if you want to have a bath in the spring, the downside is that there is no dedicated area to change, you might need to have a few people cover you up to change but if you go with light clothing, you might decide not to change at all.