2-Day Yoruba Historical and Cultural Tour (South West Nigeria)

2 Days

Overview

This private tour gives the rare privilege to learn and have an insight into the life, religion, history and culture of the Yorubas, one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, concentrated in the southwestern part of that country.The tour which starts from Lagos will have us travel to Abeokuta in Ogun State for about two hours on the first day and on the second day to Osogbo and Ile-Ife both in Osun State for about 3 hours.

Learn about the Yoruba faith, a religion that is among the world’s ten largest. Traditional Yoruba religious beliefs recognize a wide variety of deities, with Ọlọrun or Olodumare venerated as the creator and other spirits serving as intermediates to help with the concerns of humans. Yoruba deities include “Ọya” (wind goddess), “Ifa” (divination or fate), “Ẹlẹda” (destiny), “Ibeji” (twins), “Ọsanyin” (medicines and healing) and “Ọsun” (goddess of fertility, protector of children and mothers), and Ṣango (God of thunder), among others.

Yoruba religion and mythology is a major influence in West Africa chiefly in Nigeria, and has given origin to several New World religions such as Santería in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Candomblé in Brazil.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

1.Olumo Rock
Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State is a two hours’ drive from Lagos. It has an historical monument, Olumo Rock which served as a shelter and fortress to the Egba Warriors during the Yoruba Intercity wars in the 19th century. At the top of the rock, you will be able to see the amazing blue skies, the vegetation and just revel in the beauty of nature. If you love nature, scenery with some peace and quiet, this is for you.
2 hours , Admission included

2.The Alake of Egba Palace
The palace is rich in art, culture, history and the tradition of the Egba clan. Everything about it boastfully displays the pride of the Egba people. It is the official residence of the Alake of Egbaland, the traditional ruler of the Egba people. The Palace is a historical monument that showcases the rich culture of the people as this will enbale you to learn about culture of the Egba (Abeokuta people), among others.
2 hours , Admission included

Day 2 :

1. Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove is classified as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and this sacred forest attracts a large number of tourists as it is definitely worth visiting. It is located in Osun State which is about 4 hours’ drive from Lagos. It is the center where the annual popular Osun-Osogbo Festival takes place.
3 hours , Admission included

2. Ooni of Ife's Palace, Ife
Ile-Ife attracts a large number of tourists as it is definitely worth visiting. After our tour at Osun Osogbo Grove, we will be driving for an hour to Ile-Ife.
Ile-Ife is also known as the Kingdom of Ife, the spiritual home of the Yoruba people. Ooni is the traditional ruler of Ile Ife and his palace is a historical monument. We will take a tour around the palace and a bit of the city.
2 hours , Admission included

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2-Day Yoruba Historical and Cultural Tour (South West Nigeria)