Zuma Rock, sometimes referred to as the “the Gateway to Abuja from Suleja”, is located in Niger State in northern Nigeria. It is among Nigeria’s iconic natural wonders and lies on the border of Niger State and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Zuma Rock is located at the borders of Abuja 107 kilometres from Minna along Abuja-Kaduna highway.
Zuma rock is unique amongst the other rocks in Nigeria because of its human face feature. Zuma rock human face is an interesting sight to behold as it looks straight ahead in the direction of the setting sun. Since time immemorial, the face has remained unchanged, a face that threatens to swallow any passersby. The majestic rock is depicted on the hundred naira note of the Nigerian currency. Facing the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, the human faced rock conspicuously appears to swallow the road, rising majestically to a height of about 700m.
A vantage spot called the Zuma Rock Nigerian Village was constructed behind the rock to house tourists. The rock is believed to be the watchman of F.C.T because of its face.
Did You Know? Zuma Rock was once used for defensive means in wars fought by the ancient Gwarri people of central Nigeria.
The climb takes around 5 hours but is well worth the effort – on a clear day the peak of Zuma Rock offers amazing 360 degree views of Abuja and the surrounding areas.
The climbs are short but can be tricky. Climbing on the east side of the rock can provide some great beginner routes.
The climb to the summit of Zuma Rock is a steep one and can be dangerous for those who are not prepared. Be sure to carry the following travel kit for climbing Zuma Rock along with you while planing your trip.
The rock is easily accessible to everyone. However, you might be required to pay a token before climbing the rock.
The closest airport to Zuma Rock is Minna Airport which is located in the capital city of Niger State. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja is also within close proximity to Zuma Rock.