Idanre Hill – Oke Idanre

Idanre hills are located in the ancient town of Idanre, Ondo State

Idanre Hill is one of the most awesome and beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria.

Added to Idanre Hill beauty which fires human curiosity is the fact that the entire people of Idanre lived on these boulders for almost a millennium.

Located in Idanre Town, about 24 kilometres southwest of Akure, Ondo State capital, the ancient Idanre Hills had been a home for the Idanre community for almost 100 years.

As a natural and cultural landscape, Idanre Hills stands out well among all other places that have been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

It is a cluster of intimidating and imposing hills housing some wonderful things which confound the senses.

The hills surround the town, envelope it and dominate life in the town. From any angle, one sees the hills and virtually every activity revolves round this collection of hills.

Apart from that cultural role, the town pulls the wealthy and the commoner, basically due to its perceived mystical aura and the giddy excitement lovers of nature get when they surmount the steep, daunting climb to the top, to witness a spectacular view of the new town and adjoining hills in a breath-taking manner.

Apart from its touristic value, the flora and fauna of the place had been under scientific study for several decades.

The topography of the place will be of great value to mankind. Its physical attributes include Owa’s Palace, Shrines, Old Court, Belfry, Agbooogun foot print etc.

The ancient palace
The ancient palace
The ancient palace which has an intimidating courtyard where the Oba used to hold court is located on top of the hill where the old settlement used to be. The palace houses some historical monuments about the establishment of Idanre town.

Idanre hills landscape present spectacular view of the new townLandscape
Idanre Hill contains very important bio-physical and land form features whose interaction with the physical features created an enduring cultural landscape. The panoramic view of the town from atop the Aghagha Hill is a view of that takes one’s breath away.

Idanre Orosun peak Aghagha hill, Orosun peak and cultural festival
This hill emits smoke throughout the year and the Arun river is said to derive its source from the hot confines of the hill. The famous Orosun festival is one of the major factors for Idanre’s consideration for upgrading to the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Idanre hill arun riverArun river
Arun River is a mysterious river in a serene corner of the hill. The water is so clear, clean and even drinkable. One can even see the stones and plants inside it. People come to pray and fetch the water for spiritual cleansing. Those who venture mid-stream claim that they experience dizziness and the presence of a supernatural being, an eerie feeling which makes the head swell. The experience is definitely not for the lily-livered.

Old Idanre townThe old town
The old town is a deserted old town on top of the hill. There are abandoned buildings including the palace and courtyard of the Oba, the shrine of the High Chiefs and residential quarters of many inhabitants.


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  • Liz Onuorah

    Only if Nigeria government is serious about improving tourism in the country by investing in the sector, Idanre Hill would have been one of the top tourist destinations in Africa. It’s a pity Nigeria has leaders that talk the talk and failed to do the job!

  • Tope

    Well done, Come to Nigeria crew.
    This really very useful and handy.I will share this site with other Nigerians
    I see there is a lot of information here, but is it possible to share more video clips about the information? Being in the Europe, we need videos  to show and tell about Nigeria to people and in our kids schools.
    Thanks and more grace to your elbows.

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