Created from the former Western State on the 3rd of February 1976, Ondo state originally included what is now Ekiti State. The state’s capital is Akure. The likes of Micheal Ade Ojo (Founder, Elizade University and CEO, Elizade Motors Ltd), Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (Former President, Nigeria Bar Association), Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (a veteran Nollywood actress) and not forgetting King Sunny Ade (Legendary Juju musician) are proud exponents of the state. The key characteristic of Ondo state is its many tourists location, whether it is for an educational trip, sightseeing or a pleasure picnic.
Jojein Hotels & Resort
With 100 luxuriously comfortable guest rooms, a magnificent outdoor pool, a tennis court, squash courts, and sophisticated gym facilities, Jojein hotels and resort is a good getaway destination. Wake up to the sunny views of downtown Akure and you could play tennis or participate in any activity at the gymnastic center. It is arguably the most visited resort in Ondo state.
In a town predominantly occupied by farmers, Idanre Hill is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Nigeria. The wonders of the undulating hills (the 667 great steps, Omi Apara, Agboogun footprint, Arun river, Aghagha hill, Old court, the Ancient palace, the unreadable letters, the Old Primary School, etc.) coupled with view from the top of the hill is invaluable.
Also known as “Cave of Ashes”, Iho-Eleeru cave is located in Isarun. The Cave is believed to have been home to ancestors of the people of Iloro who were known for their pottery-making. It became even more famous after the discovery of the oldest prehistoric West African skeleton in it by Professor Charles Thurstan Shaw of the University of Ibadan, along with fragments of pottery
Omo Shasha Oluwa Forest Reserve
This reserve has over 200 distinct species of tree, 125 species of bird and many mammal species including forest elephant, chimpanzee and white-throated guenon monkeys, all of which are seriously endangered. It is largely visited by fans of wildlife from all around the world.
Owo Museum of Antiques
This is a national museum that has many wood and ivory carvings, brass and bronze works etc. It is also home to some of Thurstan Shaw’s discoveries. The museum serves as a place for visitors to have a taste of historical values of the Owo people.
Ebomi Lake Tourist Centre
Located in Ipesi not far from Akure, Ebomi Lake (the bottomless lake) Tourist Centre is a fun spot and also where you can learn about the culture of the people’s prehistoric antecedence. It is ideal for relaxation and to explore nature. The word Ebomi is a plagiarised version of “Abami” which literally means mysterious.
In Ilaje Local Government Area lies one of the longest body of water in the country. The vast expanse of water makes for an exciting fishing expedition and the scenery is beautiful. There is a fishing terminal which would definitely interest tourists.