Ikogosi Warm Springs is in Ekiti State, South West Nigeria and a popular tourist attraction where warm and cold springs come together at a point, but without mixing together. The resort has landscapes, lush green vegetation and gardens.
The amount of water from the spring remains constant and it is both warm and cold. There are two different trees, joined together and growing together from the same source, found at the meeting point of the warm and cold springs. They are believed to symbolise unity, oneness and harmony.
The spring was said to have been discovered by a Baptist Missionary Rev John S McGee in the 1950s, during his missionary work in Ekiti State. He was warned by the locals living around the spring not to go there, because they believe there is a power around the place that can hurt him. Against all warnings, He decided to set up a Baptist Youth Camp and it became a very popular youth camp and tourist destination. However, after his retirement, the camp was abandoned and sold to the Nigerian Government in 1978 for ₦300.
There is a dense forest which extends over a hilly landscape over 116 hectares (290 acres) of land.
Flora and fauna
The wet season is warm and can be very cold while the dry season is hot, muggy, and partly cloudy. The temperature varies from 63°F to 89°F and is rarely below 57°F or above 94°F.
You get to the resort through the capital. From Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, you get a car going to Ikogosi Warm Springs. It's about 1 hour drive.
- 1 Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort, Ipole Iloro Efon Alaaye Road, Ikogosi (from Efon Alaaye, its a drive down to Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort), ☏ , . 8AM-7PM. A resort. ₦500.
Fees and permits
The entrance fee is ₦500 per person.
- 1 Ayo Fayose Ayo Fayose Ultra Modern Market, 362104, Efon Alaaye (27 min drive from the resort). Market.
The main dish of the Efon Alaaye is pounded yam and Egusi soup with bush meat.
- 1 Ayinkus bar, Via Ipole-Efon Alaaye (after Efon Alaaye). 24 hr. A bar.
The resort has an hotel beside it called Ikogosi Warm Spring Hotel. It it has lodges, chalets which includes Deluxe Standard, Exclusive Standard, Executive Deluxe, Executive Lodge, Executive Suite, and Presidential Lodge. The resort has facilities like an amphitheater, restaurant/bar, regular power supply, outdoor pool, and a gym. The Price for lodging at this resort cost between ₦12,500–67,500 per night.