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Bauchi travel guide

Located in north-eastern Nigeria, Bauchi is a small city with beautiful landscape as well as the capital of Bauchi State.

Bauchi lies on the railroad from Maiduguri to Kafanchan – where it joins the line to Port Harcourt and has road connections to Jos, Kano, and Maiduguri and others.

The emirate was founded (1800–10) by Yakubu, one of Sheikh Usman dan Fodio’s commanders. Yakubu conquered a sparsely wooded savanna region (the Bauchi high plains) mainly inhabited by non-Muslim peoples.

After successful campaigns he founded Bauchi township in 1809 and built the town’s walls, the circumference of which measures 6.5 miles (10.5 km).

Bauchi is a nice city with beautiful landscape, and the city has already successfully played a host to various international events including the FIFA World Youth Championship hosted in Nigerian in 1999.

The impressive tomb of Nigeria’s first prime minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa; the old city mud walls and many other attractions are the reasons that make Bauchi one of the most visited cities in the country.

Public Notice:

Due to the recent violent attacks in Bauchi and some other part of northern Nigeria cities/towns, visitors are advised not to travel up north for safety purpose. Please wait until you are told to do so by the Nigerian security agency.

Yankari Game Reserve
Yankari has become the most developed wildlife park in Nigeria with a lot of attractions for visitors with a wide variety of flora fauna. The park is famous for its variety of animals available for viewing around the year, though the animals are better watched between November and May period of the dry season when the animals converge around the Gaji River in the park.Read more here

Wikki Warm Spring
The Wikki Warm Springs is one of the best features of the game reserves. It is crystal-clear, disease free and naturally warm. For many individuals, the Wikki Springs with white sand resting at the bottom, is the main reason for visiting the Yankari. Flood-lit at night, it’s wonderful after a hot day’s game-viewing to relax in the warm water. Read more here

Iron Smelting
The shau shau iron smelting works has about 60 standing shaft furnaces, which are believed to be the largest historical industrial complex of its time in the West Africa Sub-region.

Marshall Caves
59 dwelling caves dug into sandstone escarpments, which were discovered by P.J. Marshall in 1980. There are rock paintings and engravings in zig-zag form and in straight lines.

Tunga Dutse
A rock with more elaborate engravings than the Marshall caves. Legible writings cover an area on the sandstone rock embankment of about 4m in length in Dwall River. The writings are legible. However, their age and meanings have not been determined.

Sumu Wildlife
Park in Ganjuwa Local Government. Other places of interest that abound in the state are the palaces in the six emirates.

Kalban Hill
A flat topped hill gives tourists a complete view of the park.

Kariyo Hill
Located near the Marshal caves is a beautiful picnic ground.

Paliyaram Hill
A popular camp for poachers, located 10 km from Wikki.

The Tonlong Gorge
A scenic gorge with associated hills, buttes and escarpments located in the west of the park.

Dukkey Wells
139 wells with interconnecting shafts representing an elaborate water storage system.

Other places of interest
Panshanu Stone Heaps (Kwandon Kaya) in Toro Local Government,
Lame/Burra Game Reserve,
First Mining Beacon in Nigeria located at Tilden Fulani in Toro Local Government
Babban Gwani at Kafin Madaki in Ganjuwa Local Government
Shadawanka Rock Paintings located in Bauchi Local Government
Geji Rock Paintings located in Toro Local Government
Shira Rock Paintings (Dutsen Damisa) located in Shira Local Government
Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s Tomb Monument (Tomb of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister)

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[tab: Hotels] Protea Hotel Bauchi VIP Suites
Protea Hotel Bauchi VIP Suites has 12 identical, luxurious, double storey suites. Each suite comprises of a downstairs open-plan kitchen/lounge area and a guest bathroom. Upstairs is a spacious bedroom with a king size bed and en suite bathroom. All suites have front and back entrances and are fully air conditioned. Contact: Yakubu Bauchi Road, Bauchi.
Tel: +234 077 541 760

Zaranda Hotel
Zaranda Hotel has many spacious rooms offering comfort to all guests. Their rooms are all equipped with air conditioning for those hot summer days, satellite television, laundry service etc.
Contact: Jos Road, Bauchi. Tel: +234 77-5435902

Awalah Hotel Ltd
A multi-million naira hotel located in Bauchi state. They offer hospitality services. The maintenance of their computers and supply of stationeries and consumables are all under our service.
Contact: Maiduguri Road, P.O. Box 552, Bauchi. Tel: +234 77-42377, 42344, 42851

Horizontal Hotel
Horizontal Hotel offers peace of mind, spacious garden and beautiful surrounding views. The hotel guests can enjoy profound security and as well, the hotel’s many amenities and facilities.
Contact: Yandoka Road, P.O. Box 52, Bauchi. Tel: +234 77-42177

State Hotels
Contact: Tafawa Balewa Road, P.M.B. 12, Bauchi. Tel: +234 77-42156, 42580

Plaza Hotel
Contact: Murtala Muhammed Way, Baya Gari, Bauchi. Tel: 077-43208

Yankari National Park Lodges
Contact: Wikki Camp, Yankari, Bauchi. Tel: +234 77-43674



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