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Hiking Idere Hills

Oyo state has always been known for her ancient wars and kingdoms and empires, it is one of those states that refuse to do away with her origin and historical myths, as one gets to see the footprints even in the cities, and you can still find the same old settings in their local markets, way of life, and their daily activities.

Additionally, out of Oyo State came the brown roof city, Ibadan; the city changed some of the narratives as it put the name of the state on a global attraction. While having some great places like the Cocoa house, the University of Ibadan, Bower’s Tower, Mapo Hall, IITA Forest Reserve, U.I Zoo, National Museum, and so on.

Idere Hills is located in Idere town, in the Ibarapa area of Oyo state. It is a 5 minutes drive from the World Twins Headquarter, Igboora, and 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Ibadan. If you are coming from Lagos State, the best route is the Abeokuta road which is faster. Advisably, visit the hills from 7 am and prepare to leave before sunset if you do not plan to spend the night.

Also, while hiking Idere Hills, get ready to be wowed by various interesting site attractions that will leave you amazed. The hill has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and the view from the summit is divine.

Attractions on Idere Hills
  • Aroye – meaning ‘we can see and understand’. It is a three-layered rock formation. It is a post/office for the secret police/spy. Areas in front of ‘Yara’ can easily be seen and findings communicated to the guards and palace for coordination.
  • Yara – Yara means room in Yoruba language. It is the real main gate to the town on the hills proper. The walls on either side are rocky and approximately about 40ft in length, 18ft in height, and about 6ft apart. It served the trio purpose of a security gate with an inlet and outlet, room or office for the guards, and the top to the right (Iho Eja) for the snipers.
  • Eeyore Pool – is the natural water pool on Idere hills. It is a big indentation with a water storage capacity of approximately over 12,000L which is sufficient to support the community then even during the dry season. Its water is majorly for household and agricultural purposes.
  • Olorogun Meji – two small lakes believed to have been formed by two female rivals, wives to a particular husband, and are both mystical.
  • Odi Ilu – defense wall, specially formulated and constructed, it has holes for sighting and shooting. It has withstood wind, sun, rain for over 200 years. It is one of the major relics on Idere hills.
  • Kosomonu – an area on Idere hills, about the tallest place. From here the whole township can be viewed. Kosomonu means, ‘ he does not lose the child’ – if somebody is lost, instead of running aimlessly around, they go to Kosomonu section of the hills, locate the child and send to fetch the child. It has a tunnel that also serves as a hideout – narrower and longer than ‘Yara’.
  • Iso Eleko Idere – the spot at which the famed Eleko Idere of Irosun meji in IFA panegyrics sold her pap on Idere hills. Idere is undoubtedly an ancient town in Yoruba land, Southwest, Nigeria.
  • Isoku-Iruku – a place where you have to put the corpse down before you carry it again. While and after coming down from the hills, a section of Idere hill is designated for the burial of members of the royal family. While taking the corpse up there, they get to this place where they have to put the corpse down, climb a step and carry the corpse again otherwise the corpse can’t be carried comfortably. It becomes a place of rite or ritual during princes and princesses’ burial.
  • Ape Tree – one of the oldest trees within the township. It was met when the town was founded and is at the then-new community entrance now Saaro’s compound. It is estimated to be over 300 years.
  • Idopa – Idopa in Yoruba language means ‘where walking stick and staff are submitted’ by chiefs, baales and lesser oba’s that came visiting as Onidere is a strong royalty.
  • Aafin ( Palace) – there are two places that served as palaces. The structures are caves. They serve as both abode and office for the king ( oba).
  • Iho Eja/Omi Eja – this is a hole on the rock to the right side of Yara that looks like a fish indentation into the rock. Its water is meant for commercial laundry and other forms, especially during the dry season.
  • Oja – market, it was an open space where people bring their wares – farm produce, food products, etc. Eleko Idere was once one of the traders in this market.
  • Atapa Water Springs – this is actually a spring at Atapa hill on the Idere hills. It never dries, and it served as drinkable water for the whole community. It is also said to be medicinal and curative for many ailments.