We left Ekiti State for Ondo state that same night and we got into Ondo super late. We thus settled in for the night as we had quite a long day. The following morning we headed for Idanre Hills and trust me, it’s one of the best hikes I have done. Just before the hike up, we took a look around and I particularly liked this art at the information desk which depicted the hills. We paid an entrance fee of 500naira each and an extra 1000naira for a tour guide.
The climb up 660 steps, stories of how the Idanre people migrated from Benin led by Agboogun and settled on top of the hills, their daily lives and how they eventually emigrated and resettled at the foot was very exciting.
The ascent was fun and I enjoyed every bit of it. It can however, be a bit tiring but there are 5 resting points on the way up to avail feeble minded climbers an opportunity to catch their breath at steps 75, 225, 364, 473 and 580 respectively 😆 . The first is called Owa Resting point and looks quite different from the others.
The other 5 resting points looked just like this with cemented slabs for sitting.
I was quite thrilled during the climb and felt it was a way better experience compared with Ikogosi and couldn’t stop taking pictures such that Mr Paul, our tour guide had to wait for us at every few meters.
On the way up, I was exposed to a magnificent view of the Idanre town with a back drop of isolated hills rising abruptly from a plain.
I was so excited to have climbed up 660steps with no stop at the resting points 😉 He he, I wish right?
The view at the top like I always say is worth the climb.
I took a video with my phone although its not all that, not to worry I would soon up my video game.
I’m always in for an extra adventure and I took a trek further to see the settlement of the Idanre People on the hills which I’d be blogging about in my next post. Have you been to Akure in Ondo State? Have you been up Idanre Hills? How did you find it?