Enugu is a state in the eastern part of Nigeria. Its name which came from two Igbo words, ‘enu’ and ‘ugwu’ translates ‘on top of the hill’, a name derived as a result of the city’s topography. Enugu is sometimes called the ‘coal city’ because that’s where coal was first found in Nigeria, it is also called ‘042’, which is the telephone dial code of the city.
Enugu is a fine place to spend a vacation. If you do decide to go there, here’re a few places you can visit while in the city:
- Nike Lake Resort
Nike Lake is a resort in Enugu with a large lake as its primary feature. Around the lake is a walkway and benches for tourists who would like to spend some time with the cool and birds-tweeting side of nature. The hotel also has a lawn tennis court, a swimming pool, and an art gallery for art lovers. With over 200 rooms and 10 villas, Nike Lake is a tourist’s home in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
- Ofu Obi African Center
Located in a serene part of Enugu, Ofu Obi African Center houses some self-serviced apartments for tourists who would like to spend some time in the city without the hassle that comes with staying in a hotel. There’s also a stream nearby where visitors can take a walk while listening to the calming sound of flowing water.
- Akwuke ‘beach’
This is a ‘beach’ with a large stream flowing nearby. For tourists in Enugu who want to feel white sand beneath their feet while relaxing by water, this is not half-bad.
- Polo Mall
Home of brands like Shoprite, Game, Levi’s and Gene Bendi, the Polo Mall is ideal for a stress free shopping experience. The Ferris Wheel in its parking lot is also a feature that visitors could take advantage of.
- Ezeagu Tourist Complex
The Ezeagu Tourist Complex comprises of a lake, a cave, and a waterfall. The waterfall, called Ogbagada is about 23 meters high. There’s a cave close to it which is about 5 kiilometres long. The cave has several tunnels heading out to different directions. Some of the tunnels are inter-connected, often opening up into large chambers which are two to three high and up to ten metres wide.
- Awhum WaterFall and Cave
The waterfall is said to have some spiritual powers. It’s located close to the Awhum monastery and is a beautiful sight to behold.
- Ngwo Pine Forest/Ngwo Cave
Ngwo pine forest is the perfect place to have a destination picnic for groups or couples. There’s a cave closeby which also attracts visitors. There’s an opening at the roof of the cave with water flowing like a waterfall. It forms a puddle in the cave like a little stream. It’s a beautiful sight to behold.
- The Oaklands
The park with its amusement rides is an ideal hangout for children and adults. There’s also a fast food place and sit out for visitors who would rather observe.
- National Museum
With three galleries, this museum is home to art representations of the Nigerian cultures. A tour takes visitors through three galleries. The first is the Unity Gallery which displays arts representing some common models in the belief system of the ethnic groups of Nigeria. There’s the Ibo Gallery, which showcases the Ibo’s architectural, religious, political, social and economic systems. Then there’s the Enugu the Coal City Gallery, which presents the development of Enugu arising from the discovery of coal. There’s also a park in the compound where kids can play.
- Udi Hills
Udi hill was the site of the first coal mine opened in Nigeria in 1915. Today, the tunnels beneath the hills where coals were mined are now a breathtaking tourist site. You can either climb the hills or explore the mine caves.