Olumo rock, located in the ancient city of Abeokuta, the present capital of Ogun state, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nigeria. The sedimentary rock which is about 137 metres high had for long stood as the pride of the Egba people who are the main inhabitant of the city of Abeokuta. Abeokuta which literary means ‘beneath the rock’ was recorded to have gotten its name from the Olumo rock. The rock served as a sanctuary and fortress for the Egba people during the inter-tribal wars that plagued Egbaland and the whole of Yorubaland in the 19th century.
A tourist standing on the summit of the Olumo rock will enjoy a view of the vast landscape of the city. Places like the city’s magnificent mosque, the Alake’s palace, the Ogun river, and so on would be seen.
The Olumo rock is also loaded with many tourist facilities which include an amphitheater, a recreational park, museum, restaurant and a giant telescope that can view the whole of Abeokuta.
A mystical tree was reported to have been existing on the rock for over 200 years and still firmly stands there till today. It was said that the tree never shed its leaves throughout the year, no matter what the climate may be.
Tourists who have been planning to make a visit to the Olumo rock have to prepare their feets for a long man-made stairs climbing and those who would wish to skip the stress will have to reach the top, where shade trees grow, by an elevator.
To the Egba people, the Olumo rock stands not only as a rock and tourist attraction, but also as an epitome of life, protection and longevity. The Egbas also refer to the rock as the first home of their progenitors.
The history and mysteries that surrounds the Olumo rock will make a visit an exhilarating, fascinating and memorable one!