Over the last holiday, I led a tour for TVP Adventures with a group of amazing people to Ado-Awaye which is home to the only recognized suspended lake in Africa (as of the time of writing) and it was totally amazing. Did you know that there are only two suspended lakes in the world, The Hanging Lake in Colorado, United States of America and the other in my very own Country! The Iyake lake was one of the major highlights for me. A suspended Lake is simply a lake found on top of a mountain.
The Ado Awaye’s name is gotten from the two communities surrounding the mountain which is Ado and Awaye. We left Lagos at 6:30 am and in about 3.5hours we were welcomed into Ado-Awaye community which is 20kilometres from Iseyin Town, Oyo state, Nigeria. On arrival, we were welcomed by our Tour Guide; David Atabo who is the destination marketer for this lovely place. He gave us a brief history of the place, told us about the wonders of the mountain which we eventually saw and handed us sticks which helped us to climb. Unraveling Ado-Awaye- Africa's only recognized Suspended Lake Click To Tweet
To begin the hike, we had to climb 369stepss after which, we had to walk and use our hands as support to hike. After climbing the mountain, the first attraction we were welcomed to was:
The Ishage Rock(Oke Ishage): This rock is the bringer of rain for the Ado Awaye people. Whenever rain is needed in the community, we were told the chief priests tie the Rock with a white cloth after which rain falls for 3-4days.
The next attraction we saw which is apparently the most popular is the Iyake Lake – The Iyake Lake is the only recognized suspended lake in Africa like I earlier mentioned it was such a lovely sight to behold. Apparently, no one is allowed to put their feet in it as those who have attempted to know the depth of the lake never returned, however, the water from the lake is believed to have healing powers which people usually take with bottles for its healing powers.
Beside the Iyake Lake, is the Agbomofun Iyake -which means collects child and gives to the Lake. It is a little hole located beside the Iyake Lake and we were told that whenever the hole has water in it, whoever puts their leg into it gets dragged to the Iyake lake.
From Agbomofun Iyake, we were sent to hike to the top of the mountain which was the old settlements of the Ado Awaye people. On our way, we saw the Famous Elephant Tree which was branches of fallen trees that took the form of an elephant.
We also saw the Ese Awon Egba which were footprints of the Elders of the Ado People.
The hike to the old settlement and top of the mountain is not for the faint-hearted. I got tired, needed support but still, I made!!!
The views from every side of the mountain were totally amazing! In all, I had a great day here.All you need to know before visiting Ado Awaye (Africa's only Suspended Lake) Click To Tweet
THINGS TO NOTE BEFORE VISITING ADO AWAYE
- Wear comfortable shoes for hiking preferable shoes with a firm grip.
- Go with enough bottles of Water, snacks and a face towel/handkerchief.
- Have a great company of people; so you can easily motivate yourselves.
- Make sure you are not in a rush to explore this place; plan your entire day for this trip.
If you need further help in locating this place or planning a trip to Ado-Awaye please reach out to me!
Have you been to Ado- Awaye before? Did you get to the Top? If you haven’t; would you love to visit here soon? Did the post inspire you to want to visit this place? I would love to hear from you in the comments section.
Love from your Favourite Ajala!