Bauchi is a beautiful Northern city and shares its name with the state it plays its capital. The city, which lies to the North-East of Jos Plateau, has an elevation of 661metres and a population of approximately 500, 000 people as at the last general election. The city was formally known as Yakoba and the burial place of former Head of State; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is among the significant historical places in Bauchi. Bauchi has earned a reputation for its wildlife preservation scheme and eco-tourism making it a top destination for tourists.  These are the 11 most popular Tourist Attractions and Landmarks in Bauchi according to our survey.

1. Yankari Game Reserve and National Park

Everyone knows about Yankari games reserve or you must have at least heard about it once in your lifetime. If not, then under what rock have you been living under? The park is home to the largest collection of elephants in Nigeria and one of the largest in West Africa.  So yes, a large number of large mammals. The reserve is completely covered by Sudan savanna. Apart from the elephant, other animals that can be found here include impalas, leopards, exotic birds and baboons just to mention a few. Apart from seeing the animals, other activities at the park include mountain climbing and picnicking with family.

2. Wikki warm spring

Although it is located in Yankari National Park, the Wikki warm spring deserves a mention of its own. The spring occurs naturally as a result of the geothermal activity that occurs below the park. The spring has a consistent temperature of 31°C with crystal clear water that flows gently into a sparkling lake. The lake is 200 metres long, 10 metres wide and about 2 metres deep making it perfect for a quick swim so be sure to bring along a swimming trunk.

3. Marshall caves

Marshall caves are also located in The Yankari National Park, you start to get the feeling that this place has everything, the Marshall caves are so named because they were discovered by a British Conservationist named P.J Marshall. The cave is about 200 metres long, 20 metres deep and roughly between 20-80 metres wide. The caves are believed to have served as settlements many years ago for people hiding from wild animals and invaders.

4. Tunga Dutse

Tunga Dutse is popular for the ancient engraving on the rocks. If you don’t believe me, look at the writing on the wall. The writings are large and cover a huge area on the sandstone embankment. The meaning and age of the inscriptions are yet to be determined but they are one of the most significant wall writings to be found in Bauchi and Nigeria in general.

5. Kalban Hills

Kalban hills, unlike many other hills you will find around, is flat-topped and with room to stroll around a little. The hill is located in the city and provides a great view of the city and its environment. A fun activity is to hike here and treat yourself to a small snack as you enjoy the sunset.

6. Dukkey Wells

‘Dukkey wells’ is a great example of the ingenuity of the ancestral occupants of Bauchi. It is a historical attraction that shows how the original settlers managed their water supply. Dukkey is a channel of 139 wells linked underneath to each other by shafts. A disturbance in one well causes a ripple effect in all the other wells. When visiting the well, go prepared to be surprised.

7. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb Monument

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the first and only Prime Minister of the Republic of Nigeria. He was one of the Patriotic Nigerians that pioneered the struggle for our independence.  He hails from a local government named after him where you can find his burial tomb. This final place of resting has become a popular tourist attraction in Bauchi and deservedly so as Tafawa Balewa is a true fallen hero. The tomb includes a mosque and a library; a great place to educate yourself on the history of Bauchi and Nigeria.

8. The Emir’s Palace

The palace of the Emir of Bauchi is a magnificent architectural wonder and one that attracts a lot of attention from tourists. The palace was built as a fortress for the Emir and his officials. The walls are tall and its compound is spacious for the Friday Jumat prayers and Durbars.

9. Shau shau iron smelting works

Shau Shau iron smelting is an amazing sight to behold. About 60 furnaces are used to melt and forge tools and farm implements with over 100 ironsmiths working to forge the iron materials. Tourists are known to troop here in earnest to watch the procedure and you should too.

10. Tungan Maliki

Yet another attraction that can be found within the confines of the Yankari National Park (me sef I don tire). Unlike all the other springs in the park, Tungan Maliki is a cold water spring and is situated deep in the forest of the park. Investigations by scientist to establish why the spring is cold unlike others have been unfruitful. The locals like to believe it is a miracle and honestly, I agree.

11. Panshanu stone heaps

The origin of the stone heaps at Panshanu is an ancient story. It is said that on learning of an impending invasion. The people of the community of learning of the approaching danger gathered the rocks and piled them in the way of the threatening army. The pile still stands till today and is a popular tourist attraction.

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