Recently, I went for a picnic to Gurara falls in Niger State with my family and friends and I can’t forget the dogs. It was quite a long journey and I’d best advice you commence your trip early enough for Gurara so you could spend enough sun-time there, and take your leave before the sun goes down (security reasons).
The trip took an hour to two, and when we finally got there, we discovered that there was a fee per head to be paid to gain entrance into the Falls. Note here that we were like thirty (30) people.. 30 people!!… do the Maths; who the hell has that kind of money? Not cool at all! Anyway, we reluctantly paid and were allowed access (we had come too far to back out); some of the locals helped carry our stuff as we found our way to the beach.
We entered and almost stopped in our tracks when we beheld the beauty right in front of us. Who would have imagined that a place like this ever existed in Nigeria. Wow! it was completely breath-taking!!
We started off with an extremely strenuous down-hill channeled towards the beach. Right after the horrible hike down to the sandy beach, we ventured a rocky climb up to the water falls.
N.B. It was an actual hike not a picnic, do not let anyone fool you. Get the right pair of shoes and you can even go a step further by smuggling in a pair of rugged slippers. You would thank me!
The ascent was totally rock-strewn and sweat-breaking, but man! was it fun?! It turned out to be really good. We climbed the waterfall or at least got close enough and some even dared to jump in for a swim. The water was extremely cold and quite clear. There were a few natives in the river; fishing, swimming; just having fun. The women cooked while the kids played. Such fascinating seamlessly simple lifestyle was being portrayed.
We captured the priceless moment by taking lots and lots of amazing pictures. We treated ourselves to a game of cards (WHOT) and a lovely picnic by the river, with rocks and trees encircling us. It is probably my most refreshing getaway still.
When all that was over, the worst was climbing back up. Strain! Muscle Pull! Chest burn! Name it!
But honestly, it was immense thrill and I made downright cool friends.
I think more people should be aware of the beauty we have in Nigeria and try to preserve and maintain the existing. We should also begin to create more reserves because our history will tell our story (even when (and after) we are long gone).