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Best Hiking Trails in Nigeria


The most populous country in Africa, NIgeria is not known for its hiking but there are mountains in the southeast near the Cameroon border that can be hiked. Some of the main areas for hiking include Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Shere Hills, Idanre Hills, Aso Rock, Olumo Rock, and many great waterfall hikes. The best months to hike in Nigeria are November to April.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Nigeria. 

Capital: Abuja

When To Hike in Nigeria?

November – April: Dry season; for the south and southeast, November – March are the best months
April/May – October: Rainy season

Climate: Tropical – dry and rainy seasons. Rainier as you progress from north to south (north is considered semi-arid).  When you’re in the lowlands, it’s VERY hot (ie. Almost 40 degrees).  Hotter during the dry season.


Nigeria Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium – Need a guide; there aren’t any guidebooks and few trail maps so it is difficult to hike independently. 

Transportation required: Public transit around Abuja but need a car otherwise

Where to stay in Nigeria for hiking:

  • Jos
  • Abuja
  • Idanre


Most popular hikes in Nigeria

There are a few small mountainous areas in the country, a couple in the centre (Shere Hills, around Abuja), and some in the south and southeast (Atlantika Mountains, Obudu Plateau, Afi Mountain). The Atlantika mountains have the highest peaks including the highest mountain in the country. Highest Mountain: Chappal Waddi (2419 m) near the Cameroon border.

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Idanre Hills

  • Hiking trails here, Idanre is a good base

Afi Mountain

  • Wildlife sanctuary that possibly has trails

Obudu Plateau

Gashaka-Gumti National Park

  • Highest peaks found here
  • Multi-day hike here
  • Chappal Waddi – known as ‘Mountain of Death’

Shere Hills

  • Sits in the Jos Plateau, close to city of Jos
  • Various hikes here

Around Abuja

  • Aso Rock
  • Mpape Hills

Long Distance Trails of Nigeria

  • Gashaka-Gumti National Park – 8 to 10 day trek through here

Nigeria's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Nigeria Hiking Books: 

  • Lonely Planet West Africa, by Anthony Ham and Michael Grosberg, 2017, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/3VF1YJI
  • Nigeria: Bradt Travel Guide, by Lizzie Williams and Mark Shenley, 2013, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/4aJHBzp


Nigeria Hiking Associations/Clubs: There are plenty of hiking clubs in the country


Best Hiking Trails in Nigeria:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Chappal Waddi
  • Aso Rock
  • Oke Ado Awaye
  • Shere Hills hikes
  • Olumirin Waterfalls
  • Idanre Hills
  • Mount Patti

Easy Hiking Trails in Nigeria:

  • Olumo Rock
  • Erin Ijesha Waterfall


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What Else To Do

  • Visiting Lagos, largest city on the continent
  • Calabar Carnival
  • Yankari National Park
  • Wildlife viewing

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