As far as big cities go, Ibadan is the biggest in Africa when ranked according to the land mass area. Modern Ibadan is a bustling center of commercial and industrial activities, with many entertainment hubs littered all over the city. These entertainment hubs include hotels, bars and restaurants, clubs and lounges, sports cafes, events halls and the likes. This makes Ibadan a go-to destination for many who travel to the city to get immersed in its famed robust activities which are an attraction for holidaymakers and adventurous tourists.
Why Should You Visit Ibadan?
Ibadan is a city rich in culture and tradition. Often one can find one stage play or the other being held in one part of the city or the other. Several Festivals are also held in Ibadan such as the Oke’Ibadan Festival which draws visitors, foreigners and indigenes alike from all over the world to witness the cultural and spiritual heritage of the city of Ibadan. The Egungun Festival is also another important cultural occasion. The Yemoja and Ose Meji Festivals, which are notable spiritual Festivals also draws faithful and witnesses from all over the world and is another reason why you should visit Ibadan.
What is the Best Time to Visit Ibadan?
Ibadan has a relatively constant temperature throughout the year with the difference being during the wet and dry season. This makes Ibadan an all season destination point. Tourist and visitors can come in at any time of the year and only need to consider dressing for the weather, during the wet or the dry season.
How to get to Ibadan
Ibadan can be accessed from Lagos through the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which is a 128 km long highway that connects the two cities and is the gateway through which motorists travel onwards into other regions from Lagos.
How to move around Ibadan
Bikes, popularly called Okada are everywhere in Ibadan, and most of the areas in Ibadan can be accessed by bikes except private estates and highways on which they are barred. Taxis are also abundant and they can be picked up from various taxi parks around the city. Buses are also available that ply different routes in the city. Tricycles popularly called Keke are also available to move people to locations that are closer than routes plied by buses or taxis.
There are lots to do during your stay in Ibadan. For a bit of adventure you may crash a traditional Yoruba wedding popularly known as Owambe, or better still work up an invite. Guests are usually brightly dressed and the music is loud with plenty of dancing. The food is also an important of the ceremony. Jollof Rice, Amala, Semo, Pounded Yam also known as Iyan are dishes that make big appearances at these events. Visit the Agodi Gardens a resort of fun and relaxation which has good music, food and wildlife on display that guests can view. Visit also the Zoological Garden at the University of Ibadan to get an awesome experience with nature and wildlife. Visit the IITA Forest Reserve for an experience with nature.