The unique climate conditions of Plateau State and the numerous tourism attraction and spots has made Plateau State the Home of Peace and Tourism and also tourist haven of Nigeria.
Beautiful scenery, a rich cultural and historical heritage and excellent weather give Plateau State strong potential as a destination for tourism and recreation. With spectacular rock formations to climb, peaceful spots to picnic in, lakes for swimming, and a wide variety of wildlife to see there is plenty to attract both visitors and investors.
Home to over 50 ethnic groups, Plateau State is ‘Nigeria in miniature’, boasting a variety of festivals, languages and traditions, spectacular natural wonders such as the rugged Shere Hills, the dome-shaped Wase Rock, the Asop and Kura falls, and Lake Pudong, a crater lake created by a volcano, and cultural tourism is one area the authorities are eager to encourage. Sports tourism is another, particularly golf and polo, and there are attempts to revive horse racing.
Jos, the state capital and an important commercial centre with road, rail and air links to the rest of the country, is being promoted with some success as a venue for conference tourism.
Tourism Attractions in Plateau State
Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture
The Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture is adjacent to the National Museum in Jos. It features life-size replicas of a variety of Nigerian buildings and architectural landmarks, from the walls of Kano and the mosque at Zaria to a Tiv village. In addition, articles of interest from colonial times relating to the railway network and tin mining are on display.
The Shere hills include some of the Plateau’s highest peaks. They are an impressive range of hills to the east of Jos, which offer a prime view of the city. They offer fantastic opportunities to mountain climbers and hill walkers alike. The Hills serve as a camping spot to the Citizenship and Leadership Training centre.
Riyom Rock is one of the state’s most spectacular rock formations. It is located 25 kilometers southwest of Jos along the Jos-Akwanga road Nature had carved out the geographical boundaries of Plateau State in the rock long before the state was even created and is named after the LGA in which it is located.
Pandam Game Reserve and Lake
The Pandam game reserve is a wildlife sanctuary. It is home to hippopotami, crocodiles and snakes of all types. Local park rangers track game on foot and guide people to the best viewing areas. The region is still virtually unspoiled by human contact and offers sport-fishing facilities.
Kahwang Rock Formation
The Kahwang rock formation is a set of beautiful basalt rocks. Located in the village of Bangai in the Riyom LGA, the rock formation attracts tourists from far and wide.
Miango Rest House
The Miango rest house is a retreat and conference centre located in Miango, which was established by missionaries (Serving In Mission, SIM, Nigeria) in 1914 at the foot of a small hill (Mount Sanderson), which provides beautiful views of the surrounding area. It is located next to Kent Academy, a non-denominational missionary school. The rest house provides visitors with plenty of opportunities to hike in the surrounding area. The property also features a dam and a farm.
National Museum Jos
The National Museum in Jos was commissioned in 1952 by Bernard Fagg, a British archaeologist and museum curator, and is recognized as one of the best museums in the country. It has one large exhibition hall and two smaller ones. The museum is renowned for its archaeology and its Pottery Hall has an exceptional collection of finely crafted clay artworks from all over Nigeria. It is Nigeria’s first major museum of antiquities and the second museum established in the country (after the one in Esie, near Ilorin). The museum is home to some fine specimens of Nok terracotta heads and artifacts dating from between 500 BC and 200 AD.
Jos Zoological Garden
The Jos Zoo is close to the National Museum and Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture located in the centre of Jos. It was established in 1957 and is home to a wide variety of animals including birds, donkeys, porcupine, ostriches and reptiles.
Wildlife Safari Park
The Wildlife Safari Park sits in the middle of eight square kilometers of unspoiled savannah bush, about four kilometers from Jos. It is home to a wide variety of wild animals, including buffalo, lions, leopards, baboons, monkeys, pythons, crocodiles, chimpanzees, jackals and the rare pygmy hippopotamus. The park picnic areas are provided in the pine forest and the Vongnifwel Hill, 1,345 meters above sea level being the highest point east of Jos.
The park also boasts panoramic views of the city of Jos.
The Assop falls is perhaps the most notable of Nigeria’s many waterfalls. Located at the edge of the Jos Plateau, about 64 kilometers from Jos City on the road to Abuja, this is a popular tourist stop for picnicking, swimming and enjoying the scenery. The Assop falls are also popular with people shooting local soap operas and advertisements. The vegetation comprises gallery forests surrounded by grasslands. The Assop River, which feeds the picturesque rapids and falls, drains part of the Jos Plateau.
The Kurra falls is located in an area of magnificent scenery some 77 kilometers southeast of Jos. It is a beautiful area of hills and lakes ideal for boating, camping and rock climbing. This resulted from the activities of tin mining in the area. It is also the location of the state’s first hydroelectric power station. The Kurra falls lies to the east of Barkin-Ladi along the Jos-Pankshin road.
Wase Rock is a remarkable dome-shaped inselberg, which juts out of the ground to a height of 450 meters. A notable topographic feature of 800-foot- (250-metre-) high hill rises sharply above the savanna. It is a rock climber’s heaven. It is located about 216 kilometers southeast of Jos near Wase town. It is one of only five breeding places for the white pelican in Africa. Because of this, the government protects about 321 acres of land around the rock as a bird sanctuary and for wildlife development.
Located about 88 kilometers from Jos, the Kerang highlands are scenic volcanic mountain hills, which are the source of a number of natural springs. These supply the popular spring water company Spring Waters Nigeria Limited (SWAN).
Panyam fish farm
This is located in Mangu local government area about 60 kilometers South-East of Jos. The farm is ideal for sports fishing. It is man-made and its products are sold at subsidized price.
Plateau State is home of peace and tourism. You will come to terms when you have been to the state or when you see this amazing pictures of water falls in Miango and Bassa
Jos is blessed with an amazing landscape and making it a tourist attraction and destination globally.