5 places to explore on a road trip from Lagos

Getaway destinations outside Lagos

Weekends are a great time to sit back, relax, and recharge in preparation for a new week. What better way to escape the ever-busy life Lagos offers, than to go on a road trip this weekend!

Lagos is blessed with neighbouring cities that are great getaway destinations and all you need is a road trip to catch the trips and thrills these places offer. 

Here are 5 getaway destinations to explore on a road trip from Lagos.

  1. Badagry
First Storey Building - Badagry
The first storey building in Nigeria – Badagry

The coastal town of Badagry, which is located on the north bank of Porto Novo Creek and borders Benin Republic is only 64km from mainland Lagos. 

Badagry is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in Nigeria and Africa. The first-story building in Nigeria which was started in 1842 and completed in 1845 still stands in the heart of the old town and is now a museum that houses a lot of African history. Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the first African C.M.S Bishop lived there and you will still find the first hardcopy of a translation of the English Bible to the Yoruba language in his library. The town also served as a slave trade route during the 18th century. Artifacts, buildings, and relics still are still available to give an account the town once called the point of no return to African slaves in the 18th century. 

Not forgetting Whispering palms; a pocket-friendly beach resort that everyone deserves to explore at least once in their lifetime.

So, if you’re thinking of learning some history as well as enjoying a cool weekend, Badagry is your spot.

  1. Abeokuta
Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
Olumo rock, Abeokuta

77km by road North of Lagos is the capital of Ogun State, Abeokuta. Home to the famous Olumo rock which was discovered by a hunter in the 19th century during an inter-tribal war involving the Egbas. With as low as N1000 naira you can gain access to explore the history of this “miraculous” rock which is said to be in the presence of a tree that is claimed to be over 200 years old. This tree neither sheds its leaf throughout the year as it flourishes at all seasons.

Just a few minutes drive from the rock is the Green Legacy Resort and in it is the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. A weekend in Abeokuta is nothing short of fun and exciting.

  1. Epe
Epe – Lagos

Just on the north bank of the coastal Lagos Lagoon lies Epe, traditional settlement of the Ijebu people of Yoruba descent.

Craving a weekend getaway of sand, sun and the best of seafood, then Epe is definitely your best bet. Littered with some of the best beach resorts in the country and a seafood market that sells all the exotic foods at affordable rates.  Fishing is the primary occupation of the locals, so be sure to know that you would be spoiled for choices.

  1. Benin
Benin culture
Benin Tradition and Culture

Benin City, the capital and biggest city in southern Nigeria is only 320km away from Lagos. This city is home to some of Nigeria’s famous history and relics through the 13th to 19th century before the ancient city fell during the British Raid in 1897. 

If you’re interested in learning about the history of Nigeria during the pre-colonial and pre-independence era, a road trip here is what we’ll recommend. Don’t forget the ever welcome Ore shopping experience. Some suya and banana is never a bad craving to satisfy.

  1. Oyo state
Iyake Lake -Oyo State

You must have heard of the seven wonders of the world but have you ever heard of the two suspended lakes in the world? Well, in the heart of Oyo state lies one of the world’s most underrated wonders – the suspended Iyake Lake. 

With only 159km between Lagos and Oyo state – our list won’t be complete without adding this perfect getaway city. 

Ranging from the National Library of Nigeria, Old Oyo National Park, Agodi Park, The University of Ibadan Zoological Park to the famous Amala Skye Restaurant you’re very sure of having a great weekend here. 

What is even more interesting is that you can book your travel bus ticket(s) to any of these places on the Treepz app or book a private Treepz bus for pick up and drop off at any of the above-mentioned places. 

Our prices are always cheaper!

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