Breakfast was scheduled for 7am and at 8am we set off for our hike up the famous 600 steps going up into the Idanre Hills. Our security escorts who had appeared super keen the night before expressed disbelief that we were seriously going to go up there, but credit to them, they were good sports and came along with us. To be fair, I was a bit worried too if I’m being completely honest! I tried to lower everyone’s expectations because I knew that we had some experienced hikers in the pack and I’m not the fittest of people on the best of days so I was just praying that I would not be the last up the hills in the group. It was not easy and I really tried to keep my huffing and puffing up the steps to a minimum (which was probably a wasted effort) and close to an inaudible level (which meant at times I was just not breathing and close to passing out!). Soon enough, we were up there and wow, what a view! Some in the group found it hard to believe we were still in Nigeria – being up in the hills of Idanre is most definitely a far cry from the hustle and bustle and constant car horns of Lagos, that’s for sure! The view was simply stunning; of course, that’s my opinion but I challenge you not to think the same, looking at the pictures! Obligatory hilltop selfie!The whole crew! As a first time hiker, I made a rookie mistake and wore shorts because all I was thinking about was the heat. But I forgot about protecting my legs against the grabbing grass stalks and bushes and general wild plant life. I came back with lots of war wounds, well scratches so if you do plan on hiking through Idanre Hills, do wear long trousers or cargo pants made of light and breathable material to deal with the heat and grabby plants. Mosquito repellent and sun block are a must as well! We saw the old school and the old courtroom – one of our number, Lynsey, obliged us by playing the role of the accused, and luckily we had a police officer on hand to play, you guessed it, a police officer. The landscape completely reminded me of “The Land Before Time” franchise – Little foot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike would have felt right at home here. We also had a look into the Ile Lorin – a house in which you are not allowed to wear clothes and shaking hands is forbidden!The security personnel getting in on the photo action! Cow skulls in the Oba’s palace and some very interesting looking pillars! Last one of the Idanre gangAs my first trip with the NFS, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and look forward to more adventures with them. Yes, I am sure you all noted that I was the only Nigerian in the group, but it didn’t really make a difference to me and hey! I have to take the opportunities that come my way and I’m so glad I took this one!
Have you been to Idanre? Any other Nigerian hotspots would you suggest visiting? Shout in the comments below!