Gurara Falls, Niger State.
For our last ever field trip, we went on a journey from Abuja to Niger State. Gurara Falls is a magical place, but it’s not for the weak. When we were climbing rocks, I kept wondering if that was the end of my life. I was so worried that I would fall inside the water or slip off the rocks. My friends on the other hand, were busy jumping from rock to rock and walking around barefoot like they’d done it countless times before. Joshua said he was taken back to his roots.
Gurara Falls, although a little too adventurous for me, was a wonderful place to visit. It just shows you how beautiful Nigeria is. The rocks were large and scattered everywhere. There was a steep climb down to the area where the waterfall was. The waterfall itself was just so beautiful. When you arrive at the entrance, you won’t see it at first, but you’ll hear it. It sounds the way you imagine a waterfall would sound. Like the strong current of a river.
Fun facts about Gurara Falls:
- A hunter named Buba discovered the site in 1745.
- It was a sacrificial ground to the gods, Gura and Rara. That’s how the name Gurara was formed.
- The water is clear during the dry season and brownish during the rainy season.
- Some Europeans turned it into a tourist site and stopped the sacrificial activities in the early 1900’s.
- The water gets it source from Kaduna and ends at Lokoja.
- It has about 25 different species of fish, with two being dangerous.
- A few people have been buried there. If any person dies in Gurara Falls, the body must not be taken away. Otherwise, terrible things start to happen to the person’s family.
- Be careful not to touch the fish or you might disappear.
- In the olden days, if you wore red or white to the site, you would disappear.
- The water has healing properties.
With that, we have come to the end of this post. I hope you learnt something new today. Gurara Falls is a wonderful place to visit whenever you’re feeling adventurous or you want to explore the beauty of Nigeria. I would love to go again.
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