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Agodi Gardens is a beautiful park in the city of Ibadan. It has risen to become one of the top tourist attractions in the country. Also called Agodi Botanical Gardens, Agodi Gardens, Ibadan, the site is a serene environment on 150 acres of land. It is also a first choice recreational facility for nature enthusiasts, garden parties, outdoor events, concerts and even weddings.

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It is usually patronized by families during festive periods and weekends. Its peaceful and calm environment makes it a perfect destination for anyone who wants to take a break from the hustle and/or their re-evaluate life, even to hang out with friends and family. There is also the children’s facilities in the garden which include a swimming pool with inflated balloons, grown-ups may use any of the diverse tropical trees for picnics and other social gatherings while enjoying the cool breeze.


Formerly called Agodi Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Agodi Gardens was created in 1967. Located in a strategic part of the lush abundance of forestry, overflowing with cool air from the towering trees around and the beautiful singing of birds, Agodi Gardens is a haven of natural beauty and peace. Although the noise from the sprawling metropolis is heard not too far off, you begin to feel a certain sense of calmness once you step into its surroundings. Agodi Gardens stands out as a green lung in the surrounding landscape with great recreational potential.

Flood and Re-development

The garden was destroyed by the Ogunpa flood disaster in 1980 as most of the animals were swept away by the raging water. The garden was renovated in 2012 by the Oyo State Government and the new Agodi Gardens was reopened in 2014.

The redevelopment of Agodi Gardens, Ibadan was broken up into phases and a mixed arrangement of a public-private partnership. The garden includes a water park with slides and swimming pools, restaurants, and an open area for picnics. Construction is still ongoing as the management is planning to build an events hall and a revamp of the zoo is in progress too.

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Phase one is currently in the construction phase with the restaurant, entrance area, and swimming pools/waterpark. The aim is to develop a world-class tourist attraction and a relaxation venue for everyone.

Lion Attack

In late September 2017, a zookeeper at the Agodi Zoo was attacked by one of the lions. The zookeeper attacked by the lion was Mr Hamzat Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa. He later died from injuries sustained. The zoo was closed immediately by the Oyo State Government.

Facts about Agodi Gardens

The garden environment is a perfect location for photoshoot sessions.

It’s ideal for holding retreats and picnics either with large groups, or family and friends

There is an in-house garden just in case you get hungry.

One of the best times to visit Agodi Gardens, Ibadan is during festive periods and public holidays. These are great times for visiting the facility, due to the favourable weather around these times. The weather during the dry season is very suitable for a family trip to the garden resort. During the day, you could visit the garden and enjoy a time alone or take a romantic walk around the surroundings.


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Jeremiah Aluwong

Jeremiah is a scholar and a poet. He has a keen eye for studying the world and is passionate about people. He tweets at @jeremiahaluwong.

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