A TRAVEL GUIDE TO KADUNA STATE

Located in the high plains of Northern Nigeria is Kaduna State. The state’s slogan is ‘Center of Learning’. You will definitely enjoy your time on the next vacation if you choose to be in the Northern city. The state was created in 1975 by Gen. Murtala Mohammed. It is, therefore, the old Northern region of Nigeria, which had its capital in Kaduna. Under the governance of Kaduna, the ancient cities of Zaria, Kafanchan, and Nok are the area where Africa’s earliest civilization is recorded to have been excavated.

With over 6.3 million people (according to the 2006 census) and 23 Local Government Areas, the state is a place to be for tourists. The LGAs are Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Ikaru, Jaba, Jema’a, Kachia, Kaduna North, and Kaduna South. Others are Kagarko, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Kaban, Kudan, Lere, Makarfi, Sabon Gari, Sauga, Soba, Zangon Kataf, and Zaria. You’ll surely have a nice time here with the Hausa-speaking people of Kaduna, led by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (current governor).

TRANSPORTATION

The airport serving Kaduna, the state capital of Kaduna State, is the Kaduna Airport. This is the destination for travelers and tourists coming to the state.

PLACES TO VISIT

Kaduna State

The Emir of Zazzau Palace is a place to be for tourists. The Palace is situated within the walls of the ancient city of Zaria. It was built with mud in the 19th century and it is still standing till today. You can take a tour around the courtyard and anteroom, as well as the corridor leading to the Emir’s main living room. Get your writing materials to know more about the Zazzau Emirate as well as the history of its most famous female ruler, Queen Amina.

Another historical place for tourists to visit is the Nok Village located in Kaduna. The Nok culture is said to appear in Northern Nigeria around 1000 BCE and vanished under unknown circumstances around 500CE. Skeletons, stone tool, and paintings were found by Archaeologists in this area. The inhabitants were known to make some of the oldest and culturally intriguing sculptures found in Africa.

The Kaduna River is a tributary of the Niger River and it flows for 550km. The river got its name from the British forces in 1921. The soldiers were said to sight crocodiles at the banks of the river. It was therefore named ‘Crocodile River’ as a result of this for easy identification. It was later translated to ‘Kada River’ because Kada is the Hausa word for crocodile. The place is one of the most beautiful sites in the state.

Other notable places to visit are St. Bartholomew Church (the oldest Church in Northern Nigeria), The Lugard Foot Bridge, Kaduna Museum, Matsirga Waterfall, Trappco Ranch and Resort and so on.

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