From The Horse’s Mouth | Tayo Unravels Farin Ruwa Falls
Give us a brief description of where you went and what the trip was about.
I visited Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in Wamba Local Government, Nasarawa State. It was a Democracy Day Trip organized by Sehembz Travels & Tour in Abuja.
Was accommodation required for this trip? If yes where did you stay and what was it like?
No accommodation was required for this trip.
What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I saw a python in hibernation, I was fascinated and scared at the same time. I was even more surprised when one of our local guides insisted that we do not kill the snake.
What was your best moment of the entire trip?
Small chops… lol! Well, my best moment was stopping to buy good mangoes and avocado for ridiculously cheap prices (when compared to Abuja prices any way). With just N875 ($2.75), I balled out of control, if you know me, you would know I love a good deal.
What was the scariest moment (if any)?
My scariest moment was having to decide to cross a make-shift bridge (made with an iron bar and chair) because the water levels had risen and jumping across required a lot of discipline. I was so scared because that was also the only way back from the waterfall. My fears wear legit though because someone did fall into the water and the currents were pretty strong. With my weight, I’m almost sure I would have been pulled away. Thankfully, there were no serious accidents.
Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track ie beyond the tourist traps?
I think if I had gotten at least midway to the top of the waterfall, I would have found something off the track cos from the videos I saw, it seemed quite interesting.
What are two interesting things about where you went that the average person doesn’t know?
- Your fitness level is important for this trip, it helps if you hike or exercise regularly anyway.
- The waterfall is still about an hours drive from the “Welcome to Wamba” sign. After the last village before the waterfall, there is no motor-able road, so you have to use bikes (Okada) to complete the journey. Bike guys charge as high as N5,000 ($15.89) for return trips to the fall but you can negotiate for as low as N1,500 ($4.77). However, you still have to get off the bike at least 4 times for the bike guys to navigate the rocky/steep terrains.
Did you meet any locals? If yes, what were they like?
Yes, we did. The bike guys were quite wild with their pricing but let’s blame that on the economy. They were very helpful with navigating the fall and even giving us some back story on the fall. Other locals we came across were farmers and children in the villages who waved and greeted when we went past.
What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said?
It wasn’t what he said, it was his behavior. This guy was on the phone from the moment we got there till we left. I had to wonder if he had shares with Etisalat or MTN.
What was the hardest or most frustrating part of the trip?
Negotiating with the bike guys. At some point, they became unnecessarily difficult to manage but they soon came around thanks to the negotiating power of our guide.
Did anything go wrong that seems funny now?
Wow! Yes o! The baptism of Gbolahon takes the lead.
Did you eat anything locally, if yes, what was your favorite?
No I didn’t, we brought all our meals.
What were the cost implications of this trip?
I paid N8,999 ($28.59). lol… yes I paid the exact amount to the tour company.
Now that you’ve been there yourself, when you think of your trip what’s the first image that comes to your head?
A picnic on a flat surface, listening to the sound of the powerful current with red/orange water flowing past and cool breeze.
Would you revisit or ever move there?
I would revisit if I can, it was a proper adventure. I would not move there though, they do not have internet access. I need to be able to check mails, read tweets and stalk on Instagram.
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*all images were provided by the ‘horse’ interviewed.