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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.