Inside This Article
- 1 Top Interesting Places To Visit In Kaduna State
- 1.1 1. Emir’s Palace Zaria
- 1.2 2. Kajuru Castle
- 1.3 3. River Kaduna
- 1.4 4. Ahmadu Bello University
- 1.5 5. Kaduna Golf Club
- 1.6 6. Matsirga Waterfalls
- 1.7 7. Murtala Square
- 1.8 8. Ancient Gates In Zaria
- 1.9 9. Kaduna Museum
- 1.10 10. The Lugard Foot Bridge
- 1.11 11. Kamuku National Park
- 1.12 12. The Nok Village
- 1.13 13. Gamji Gate
Kaduna state is one of the 19 states in Northern Nigeria. The state has been in existence since the 27th of May 1967 as North Central state and was later renamed on the 17th March 1976. Kaduna state remains one of the most important states in northern Nigeria — where it still retains its seat as the administrative capital in the region— and indeed in Nigeria at large. Kaduna state has a lot of awesome places to visit. This article will focus on the top interesting places to visit in the state.
Top Interesting Places To Visit In Kaduna State
1. Emir’s Palace Zaria
This is a top destination for visitors in Kaduna state. The palace of the Emir of Zazzau is an ancient building located right in the heart of Zaria, a city in Kaduna state. The palace is made of mud, which was the principal building agent when it was built. The exterior building features colorful patterns as well as the Emir’s insignia, northern Nigeria knot, and the flag of Nigeria. The interior of the palace is also beautiful.
The new Emir of Zazzau, HRH. Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli was coronated on the 7th of October 2020, after the former Emir, Late. Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris died after 45 years on the throne. You can take a tour of the palace and see why it is such an interesting place to visit in Kaduna state.
2. Kajuru Castle
Kajuru Castle is another important place to visit in Kaduna. The Castle is an exclusive and luxurious total getaway built in an early medieval style at Kajuru town in Kaduna state.
The Castle resembles the Bavarian Castles located in German, along with dungeons, a Hall, a Master residence, and several rooms. Kajuru castle has an impressive view along with a swimming pool, a garden, and a serene atmosphere made possible by the sound of birds and other popular wildlife.
The castle also has an impressive room service delivery, along with a BBQ spot offering all choices of delicious foods common in Northern Nigeria. Kajuru Castle can house up to 12 individuals at a time, making it one of the top places to visit in Kaduna State.
3. River Kaduna
River Kaduna (meaning; ‘crocodiles’ in Hausa) is the main tributary of the Niger River, Northwestern Nigeria. It rises on the Jos Plateau 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Jos town near Vom and flows in a northwesterly direction to a bend 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Kaduna. The river stretches an impressive 550 kilometers.
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The river has been utilized by the Gbayi people for rice cultivation, as well as the Nupe people southwest of the state. River Kaduna remains one of the important and historic places to visit in Kaduna state.
4. Ahmadu Bello University
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government university established in Zaria on 4th October 1962 by the Premier of Northern Nigeria as the first University in the region. ABU Zaria contains some of the best places to visit in Kaduna state including the ABU Dam, sculpture garden, selfie garden e.t.c
5. Kaduna Golf Club
One of the top places to visit in Kaduna state, Kaduna golf club is located on Golf Course Road, City Centre, Kaduna. The Golf club is the first of its kind in the entire Northern region, founded in 1921 by the colonial administration then. With an impressive stretch of over 1km and its calm and serene atmosphere perfect for golfing, it is also one of the largest golf clubs in Nigeria, thus making it one of the best places to visit in Kaduna state.
6. Matsirga Waterfalls
This right here is my favorite place to visit in Kaduna state. Located in Madakiya, some few kilometers to Kafanchan, Matsirga waterfall is a beautiful landmark. The water drops 30 meters into a gorge surrounded by beautiful rocks. There is something so calm, peaceful, and serene about the atmosphere of this place that I always marvel in wonder anytime I pass it on my way to Kafanchan.
The cool breeze, the amazing sight, and the mysterious rainbow mist truly make it one of the best places to visit in Kaduna state.
7. Murtala Square
Murtala Mohammed Square is a public square located along Alkali Road inside the city of Kaduna. The square was named after Nigeria’s Head of State who was assassinated in 1976.
The square, which hosts the Kaduna Polo Club ground, Kaduna State Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Umaru Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall among others, has long turned into a center for fun and relaxation. Because of its massive size and the capacity to hold large crowds, Murtala square is also the venue for such important events like Nigeria’s Independence Day, Inauguration of Governors, and Army Remembrance Day. Other events which took place in the square include the Kaduna Centenary Celebrations and the Kaduna Grand Durbar.
The square is also an avenue where drifters come to showcase their skills, along with sporting activities like; football, hockey, volleyball, handball, basketball, cricket, tennis taekwondo, etc, making it one of the top places to visit in Kaduna state.
8. Ancient Gates In Zaria
The ancient gates of Zazzau located in the town of Zaria are among the wonders located in the state. The gates, numbering 7 in number were established during the reigns of several Emirs, with each having its history and the reason it was founded, making them one of the awesome places to visit in Kaduna state. The most famous of the gates, Kofar Doka is located right in the heart of Zaria and is the Gateway to the other gates.
9. Kaduna Museum
Kaduna Museum is one of the best places to visit in the state. The museum is located along Ali Akilu Road, in Unguwan Sarki, Kaduna just near the Emir of Zazzau’s residence. The building was donated to the North Central Government, by the Northern People’s Congress (NPC), the first party in Northern Nigeria in 1975. It has since remained an important part of the state, showcasing historical artifacts and collections, including the Nok culture or Terracotta, the Igbo-Ukwu culture, the classical Ife sculptures and the Benin court arts.
The objects shown also include traditional music or farming equipment and other historic objects. While the museum was closed in 2013 for partial renovations, it has since been opened in 2017 with an even larger stock of supplies expected from European countries, making it one of the best places to visit in the State.
10. The Lugard Foot Bridge
Lugard Foot Bridge is a pedestrian bridge located in General Hassan Katsina Park, in Kaduna. The bridge was built in 1904, by the first governor of Northern Nigerian Protectorate, Lord Frederick Lugard, thus named after him. The bridge served as an important link between Lord Lugard’s residence and quarters of other colonial residents.
This was when Kaduna was named the new headquarters of Northern Nigeria, from Zungeru the former headquarters. In 1954, the bridge was moved to Gamji Gate and was declared a Historic Monument On the 16th of February 1956 by the Federal Department of Antiquities now National Commission For Museums and Monument under the Antiquity Ordinance of 1953.
For it’s rich history, the Lord Lugard Footbridge remains one of the best places to visit in Kaduna state.
11. Kamuku National Park
The park is located in the west of Kaduna State and is adjacent to the Kwiambana Game Reserve in Ningi, Bauchi state. The park was established in 1936 by the Government of Northern Nigeria as the Native Authority Forest Reserve of Birnin Gwari. It was later upgraded to a National Park in 1999.
A visitor to Kamuku National Park will enjoy a view of natural wildlife including birds, antelopes, baboons, antelopes monkeys and many more. The park is said to have over 177 species of birds, making it one of the most adventurous places to visit in Kaduna state.
12. The Nok Village
Nok village is located in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Nok culture had been in existence since around 1000 BCE though it vanished in 500 CE. This makes it one of the oldest civilizations in Africa.
The Nok civilization was rediscovered in 1928 when archaeologists found famous terracotta paintings, stone tools, skeletons, and other historical artifacts which were remnants of the ancient civilization. To any lover of adventure, history, and archaeology, the Nok village remains one of the best places to visit in Kaduna state and Nigeria in general.
13. Gamji Gate
Saving the best for the last, Gamji Gate is the top place to visit in Kaduna state. The famous Gamji Gate, also known as Hassan Usman Katsina Park, is located right in the heart of Kaduna city. One of the popular destinations in the state, Gamji Gate hosts visitors and residents alike, most notably during festive periods like Eid celebrations, Christmas, New Year, and Valentine’s.
Gamji gate consists of a park with several trees and greenery, an orchard, a mini zoo consisting of a few wildlife, a children’s playground, and an impressive view of the Kaduna River. It also houses the Lord Lugard footbridge mentioned earlier. Kofar Gamji is a delightful place to visit for kids, and adults alike as well as residents, visitors, and adventure seekers for a fun time for relaxation. No wonder this makes it one of the best places, if not the best place to visit in Kaduna state.
These are the 13 places to visit in Kaduna state every visitor should check out. What do you think of them and which one are you visiting soon? Tell us in the comments box below. If you enjoyed this, check out the ten interesting places to visit in Kano state here.