Hello State 20💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼.
I am so excited about this milestone as I get closer to my goal than ever. Gombe was not on my list when I decided to explore the north however when I found out it was only 3 hours from Yankari I decided to visit as the Adventurer that I am. Gombe State (The Jewel in the Savannah) was among the last States that were created in October 1996 by the Military Regime of Late General Sani Abacha. It was carved out from the old Bauchi state.The city gate welcomed us to the Jewel of Savannah and we were ready to explore.
Our first port of call was the Zoological Park in Gombe State University which required a gate fee of a hundred naira . We were quick to notice that the place was not well managed as the animals looked malnourished. We were able to see Monkeys, deer, baboons, lions, tiger , crocodile , among others and we left there quickly.
From the Zoo, we went to the Emir of Gombe’s palace but unfortunately he was away in Abuja. We took pictures of the central mosque which is opposite the Emir’s Palace and left. The Emir of Gombe as at time of writing this is one of the youngest Emirs and he is not married which is very rare among Emirs. You can check my Instagram highlight for more videos here.
The next place on our itinerary was the magnificent Kilang Hill which I was itching to visit. Kilang Hill stands out as soon as you enter the Kaltungo Local Government Area and is 1000ft above sea level. The path leading to the hill is not motorable so we resorted to motorcycles to get us to the Hill and the locals who accompanied us were amazing. On the way, I noticed a lot of ongoing farming activities as well as herdsmen watching over their Cattle.It was a rough path as we had to cross a mini river, mini hills but still seeing the Hill was worth it.
Kilang Hill has a tough terrain and we were informed that it’s better hiked than climbed .The month of April is best suited for it’s hiking.We interacted with the locals there, got to try a local fruit before returning back to where our vehicle was waiting. We bid the locals goodbye, and headed to our next destination but not without stopping by to take a picture in front of this building. Fun fact, the North is filled with beautiful architectural buildings.
Our next destination was the Tangale Hill which was very difficult to locate,we were directed severally and at some point we were the only ones on a particular road but we did not give up till we finally located it. Tangale hill is a volcanic hill that is beautiful and enchanting and just like Kilang Hill we could not hike it but we were glad to see that there is a bit of development ongoing as we saw a few people who were about to start a picnic there as once you climb the stairs to a certain point, you can relax and enjoy the view from the top. We got food and snacks and returned back to Yankari where we were staying in Bauchi. In a few hours, we were able to cover some of the top tourist attractions in Gombe
A few things to Note if you decide to visit:
*Gombe is a very calm state and with less crowd and activities.
*There are very few tourist attractions in Gombe state, so you can explore in a day if you want.
*Tangale Hill and Kilang Hill can be easily accessed first if coming from Adamawa state before getting into the city but if coming from Bauchi like I did, its out of the city.
*I advice you combine your visit to Gombe with either Adamawa state or Bauchi state
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Have you been to Gombe before? What was your experience like? If you have not, is Gombe on your list? I would love to hear from you in the comments section! Lets be friends on Instagram
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