Kajuru, The Nigerian Castle by Damilola Arogundade

I had heard about Kajuru, the Nigerian Castle last year and I was really keen about organizing a trip to the castle with my friends. So when I got a Whatsapp invite to a group called “Kajuru Castle” from one of my friends, I knew it was about to be lit.

The most difficult part of planning for the trip was getting people to come on the trip with us. Fam, I asked almost everyone of my friends and I could only get a handful of people to come along. Some people were discouraged by the cost, others had engagements during the period of the trip while a few people cited security concerns in Nigeria’s north.

The Whatsapp group helped with team bonding and we used it as a platform to agree on the food, drinks and pretty much everything we wanted to take for the trip. Finally we were able to form a 14 man strong group; 7 guys, 7 girls, no cheating. Saturday May 28th was D-Day and we all met at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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Getting comfy waiting for others to arrive at the airport

We used two vehicles for the trip to Kajuru, a 14 seater bus and a Prado. The Prado would later come in very handy when we needed a means to move all our boxes up the steep road at the castle. The road trip was fun as we missed our way just once 😀. We even had smoke stops and stoffs.

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Smoke break for the smokers
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The climb wasn’t easy at all

I was really excited to finally be in Kajuru and I was definitely set for a weekend of fun and cheap thrills.

At the castle, we were met by the castle witch who gave us a tour of the amazing castle. The castle has been in existence since 1989 and was built by a German contractor who had lived in Nigeria. Pretty much everything in the castle was done with the German origin in mind. Yes, even down to the type of sockets available in the castle.

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We couldn’t take in our bags till the tour of the castle had been completed
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The library- Books were written in German
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Loool. I can’t remember what this meant

After we’d been given a tour of the castle and the available facilities, we quickly got down to the business of having a nice time. Music was playing from the tower of speakers, people were swimming and everyone really just chilled till evening.

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My ‘mammy water’ friend
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Poolside chilling
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The service at the castle from all of the staff there was exceptional throughout our stay and they often went out of their way to make us feel very comfortable.
This was the case with our hiking guide who had spent part of his earlier years working with the contractor who built the castle. He led us as we climbed a mountain which was not too far from the castle. From there, we were able to get the most amazing view of the ancient castle.

He also showed us his house and gave us plenty of fresh mangoes. Bless his soul. We climbed the 141 step stairway back to the castle before proceeding to take full advantage of our only full day at the castle.

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The climb up the 141 stairs
Our hiking guide
Our hiking guide
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The breathtaking view
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More of the amazing view!

Saying good bye was the most difficult thing to do as our last night included having a sky high supper before doing a yo-yo between the Sauna and the pool.

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We made Barbeque and had a rooftop dinner

All in all, the journey was a smash hit in creating impressions and building friendships. It helped to have a diverse group of intelligent but fun loving group. Would I recommend Kajuru castle to a group of friends looking for a place to getaway without breaking the bank for airfares? The answer is yes!
I definitely won’t mind taking another paid trip to the castle. I’d love to experience the tranquility of the castle all over again.

So that’s my Kajuru experience. Our group is already looking for the next destination to visit in West Africa. Kindly hit me up if you know any resort type destinations that can host a group of 14 people. Thank you.

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The beautiful Kajuru Castle
Nigeria is beautiful and it's great to see 
young people exploring the country. 
Thank you Damilola for sharing 
this experience here. 
Here's to more adventures and safe travels. 
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Working Professional by day, Travel Blogger by night. Here, I share my personal life and travel experiences as well as helpful tips to help readers start their own travel journey. Want to talk? Contact me on info@theufuoma.com. Don’t be a stranger!

16 Comments

  1. Hey there

    There is a brand – Social Prefect Tours – being run by a remarkable young lady. She organizes tours.

    1. Hello Mz C-me! I’m guessing your name is Simi? Lol forgive me if I am wrong. Thank you and I just checked your blog out too! Good job! Maybe you can feature one of your fun stories on here soon? Haha! Oh, about the Whatsapp group, I’ll pass your message across to Dami. Cheers!

  2. I only heard of Kajuru Castle a few weeks ago. It sure looks amazing. I really should see more of Nigeria. Thanks Damilola for the backstory and pictures.
    Great work “theufuoma”.

  3. Hi, this is amazing feedback. Thanks for the review. A few questions:

    Where is this castle located ?

    How does one get there?

    Does one have to take food and drinks there?

    1. Thanks Tayo! The castle is located in Kaduna State. Google maps was pretty much what Dami and his friends used for directions from the airport in Abuja to the castle. And yes, you do have to travel with your own food, drinks and pretty much everything else except water. I hope I answered your questions.

  4. Beautiful thank you Damilola for educating us on places we didn’t even know existed in Nigeria. I just posted it to my FB page. Something positive to show my son in the midst of so much negativity we hear about Nigeria nowadays. Do keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks a lot Sharyn! Always important to find a positive in the midst of all the chaos. And thanks for sharing on your FB 🙂

  5. Never knew such a beautiful place existed in Nigeria. When I first saw BBM pictures, I thought it was some place outside Nigeria. There’s so much we are yet to tap into in Nigeria.

    1. So true! I really wish I had visited other parts of Nigeria when I was back there plus I am sure there are several other beautiful places that are just deteriorating due to bad maintenance. It can only get better, I guess.

  6. Woah! the pool came out of nowhere eh.. With all the stories I have heard about the nation’s buzz and fast pace, it is good to see such a seemingly quiet and ‘slow’ setting in Nigeria. Great piece Damilola!
    PS: I am not feeling the german writings,books etc. but I guess this is not the place for such discussions.. (?)

    1. I know right. The German books and German everything is a bit weird but remember the castle was built by a German contractor and I am sure they just wanted to keep everything as historic as possible which I definitely understand. And thanks for the contribution! x

  7. I have always wanted to go to this place but no friends to come with me so I am living the experience through this article. nice one!

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