Reading Time: 3’15” || My Dawaki Hike Adventure- All you need to know
“We are born to take adventures”
The Black Writer
Have you ever been lost in a forest? Scratch that, I meant mountain (allow a girl to be extra) Well… I have and unexpectedly, was very exciting. I promised myself more unconventional fun and exploring this year and of course living in Abuja which is one of the most beautiful states in Nigeria, hiking just had to be included. I went on a Dawaki Hike Adventure with the Laguru Hike Club a few weeks ago, well, let’s say it was a mix of emotions. In this post, I hope to take you on the adventure and tell you all you need to know about hiking. So if you haven’t joined the hiking gang yet, this is a good post for you. Ps. You’re welcome! Here’s my Dawaki Hike Adventure – All you need to know.
The trail started with a long walk on a sloped hill; this was a bit challenging – ya girl is not very fit. After which the terrain became really rocky, I had to go down on all fours to avoid falling. The rest of the hike was quite easy, the trail was on plain mildly elevated grounds. The dried plants’ field could have easily passed for the set of one of Beyonce’s music videos. Oh, then I got lost midway the hike.
I remember standing for some minutes thinking and wondering how to build a fire and roast some bushmeat, yep, I got to that point. We had gotten to the top of the mountain, taken all the pictures one could possibly take and now it was time to go back. To start with, the trail back didn’t look familiar, but as a jungle girl that I am #jokes, I was following the sun. the trail back should have taken us just 20 mins but 1 hour later we were still walking and walking and walking…………
Ah, Mogbe! That’s when we realized we were lost. We made jokes about eating each other and who we would eat first if it came to it. Surprisingly I wasn’t scared; I was in the middle of nowhere, no network on my phone but I just wasn’t! Truth is, that was when the hike became interesting. I felt like a contestant in the Gulder ultimate search ready to win the prize.
While lost and trying to find my way back, I discovered new plants and for the first time in my life, felt the coolness of a natural spring. Being lost gave us time to gist, joke around and of course take more pictures. Really hiking is an activity we should all try.
Hiking is humbling; when I hike I’m just grateful to be part of this big world, the sight is to die for. And hiking is also a good form of exercise; its cardio, muscle building and literally everything. So thinking of things to do in Abuja Nigeria, I suggest you add hiking to the list. Ps. ensure your guide really knows the way.
I plan to go on more hikes not just in Abuja but other northern states as well; trust I’ll share the experience with you.
Now, here’s all you need to know.
About The Trail.
The Dawaki trail was my second hike. I remember my first hike with Strides NG, I was out of breath, exhausted and my thighs were literally on fire. The difficulty level of that hike was “challenging”. This was quite different, I’d rate this “moderate”; only the starting trail was challenging and this was due to its rocky nature. The trail for the entire hike was flat plains although we got to some areas where we literally had to jump from one rock to the other and even cross some streams.
Planning Your Trip
For this Dawaki Hike Adventure, I didn’t do major planning because it was already organized by a hiking club. I suggest you join a hiking club, it takes away planning stress, Nigeria is already stressful as it is. Plus, it’s always fun with these clubs, you get to meet new people and have more fun. If you want to plan your hike trip yourself I suggest you research on good hike spots, get a map of the area and find out if you need to make reservations, get permits or pay fees. Once again I suggest you join a club. Find my hiking club here- Laguru Fitness
Things you need to take along
- Good Hiking outfit. Trainers, boots, sweatpants, gym wear, towels or anything you can easily maneuver with.
- A backpack
- Medical supplies like inhalers
- Water and probably drinks
- Snacks, basically just something to nibble on
- Of course a camera it could be your phone or a regular digital camera
*Mogbe: It is an exclamation in the Yoruba Nigerian Language.
*Gulder Ultimate Search: A Nigerian reality show where contestants have to live and survive in a forest while competing for the prize money and benefits.
Disclaimer: This post is not compensated in any way. The sole aim of the post is to take you on my personal Dawaki hike adventure, introduce my hiking clubs and give you few hiking tips. Hiking is fun and I know there’s a question as to is Nigeria safe? Well, I can’t answer that but based on my research Abuja hike trails are pretty safe. Hiking is one of my recommended activities, remember to stay safe and preserve nature. All images in this post were taken by my friend James
I Hope you enjoyed reading my post. Have you ever gone hiking? Would you like to go hiking? I’ll love to hear from you, let’s talk in the comment section.
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