Located in the ancient coal city of Enugu in Enugu State, is a fascinating and lovely connection of plateaus referred to as Udi hills. Udi hills stands graciously at roughly 240 meters above sea level and is arguably the biggest tourist destination in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, attracting thousands of tourists and visitors all over the world. It also offers a wonderful scenery of the ancient city of Enugu, encompassing a large portion of Enugu in one view.
Another interesting thing about Udi hills is that coal which used to be a major source of revenue for colonial Nigeria, was first discovered there in 1909. Hence the reason why Enugu is known as the coal city. This amazing discovery led to the early 20th century rapid development and astute growth of Enugu city. Even till date, you can still find the old coal mines and coal workers’ camp located at the foot of the hills. These coal mines and workers’ camp are very much accessible and open as tourist sites.
A fascinating legend about Udi hills says that it was used as a shield in preventing enemies and slave traders from noticing if there were villages and communities behind the hills. For centuries, villages like Ezere, Awgunta and Nkwe have sprung up on the hills, housing various people that have conserved the caves and hedges on the hilly area. Udi hills also prides itself as the major source of many rivers acting as tributaries to River Niger and River Benue. Some of those rivers are Ekulu, Asata, and Ogbete. The Awhum waterfall which is said to have healing powers, also derives it source from this hill.
With so much history attached to it, Udi hills is a perfect excursion destination for students and an important site for archaeologists and historians. Not leaving out the fun and adventurous part of this magnificent hill, it’s also a fabulous place for tourists, adventurers and holiday makers.
Udi hills can be located via the Eastern railway line, Akanu Ibiam International Airport and various roads in Enugu.