Last December, I went on a group trip organized by Jadesola of The Bourgie Life to visit the renowned Olumo Rock. Now if you had your primary and/or secondary/high school education in Nigeria, chances are you’ve been to Olumo Rock on one of those organized school excursions. I went while in Secondary School too and honestly, both experiences are incomparable.
The journey to Olumo Rock was a three-hour drive from Lagos and we played games to keep us occupied throughout the ride. A large overhead sign welcomes visitors at the entrance where there’s a fee of One Thousand Naira. It was sad but not surprising to note that what is supposed to be a top tourist attraction is in not-so-top condition anymore, the lifts do not work so everyone has to use the man-made steps, hike and use ladders at different points.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I’ve decided to be intentional about traveling within my budget while maintaining the financial goals I mentioned in this post and so far, I’ve been able to meet my monthly saving goals with the help of Cowry Wise. At the beginning of the year, I did a rough estimate of the total amount I would need for travel this year and every month, I set aside small amounts using Cowry Wise. Right now, I have saved just enough for my next trip in June.
Fun Facts About Olumo Rock
- It was used as a fortress by the Egba people during wars and communal clashes.
- It stands at 137 meters above sea level.
- There are shrines and priestesses who live on the rock.
- There have been no falls or injuries recorded on the rock.
- On a part of the rock, there is flowing water that is believed to have medicinal properties that cure many illnesses.
- Traditional worshippers pray to the trees on the rock for protection.
Luckily, I was able to make a vlog of the entire experience including our stop at The Alake of Egbaland’s Palace. You can watch the vlog by clicking on the play button below
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